Best of Columbus 2009

Best Sushi

From the 02/25/2009 edition

Haiku Poetic Art and Food

800 N. High St., Short North


Canvases hang from earthy walls beside glossy, low-profile tables in this posh pan-Asian restaurant, but it's the sushi - not the scene - that fills its wait lists. The casual Short North eatery features a sushi bar, lined with counter seating, that artfully prepares fresh sashimi, nigiri and over 30 specialty rolls spliced with ingredients like avocado, cream cheese and pecans. Everybody has a favorite roll and there's no better place to debate it than on Haiku's lattice-laden patio when winter relinquishes. Sushi, a bottle of sake, a warm breeze - that's Zen.

Runners up: Akai Hana, Kooma