by megan hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Twisted bamboo shoots reach for the ceiling among a lit waterfall backdrop. Guests chatter amongst themselves, sipping their water at a dimly lit bar awaiting their fresh sushi and habachi entrees. Japanese restaurant, Ginza Sushi, is the new hang-out in Champlin to meet up for a quick lunch or enjoy a romantic dinner date.
Ginza Sushi and Grill opened its doors for business Wednesday, Oct. 23. Just off the intersection of Hwy. 169 and Jefferson Ct. in Champlin, Ginza boasts a wide variety of menu options, comfortable seating and welcoming service.
Owners, Benson Lin and his sister Linda, knew they wanted to own their restaurant in Minnesota.
“My sister owned a restaurant in Florida, but wanted to send her kids to Minnesota schools,” Lin said.
The siblings knew Champlin was a great home for their restaurant. Lin is confident many will enjoy the menu options because, “Sushi is really popular right now and it’s healthy too,” Lin said.
The pair is planning an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to take place in the near future. Lin said, since Wednesday, they’ve just been testing the waters.
“We had a big crowd this weekend,” Lin said. “Wednesday was our soft opening, we’re trying to get a feel for the best way to run the business and how much staff we’ll need,” Lin said.
He added that he’s excited to see what the business will be like in the future. Lin knows their restaurant will be successful because it is the first of its kind in the area.
“I’ve talked with lots of people from Champlin, and many residents are excited to try the food here,” Lin said. “One man has been here five times since we opened.”
And for good reason. The menu boasts a wide variety of foods for those that love raw sushi and fish or for those that prefer soup, salad or chicken hibachi. Everything from hand rolled cucumber, salmon and cream cheese rolls to fried rice, hibachi vegetables and grilled steak.
“Each sushi and sashimi order comes with a side of wasabi and ginger,” Lin said.
For guests that like a little spice, Lin suggests adding a little wasabi to the soy sauce and dip the pieces of fish into the mixture. For those that are sampling different dishes, Lin recommends using the ginger to cleanse the palette between bites for the optimum flavor.
In the future, Lin hopes the restaurant will be a place where people return again and again to hang out with friends and enjoy one-of-a-kind fresh sushi.
“We hope people love our food and hope to make friends within the community,” Lin said.
Open for lunch at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for a late night dinner during the week, Ginza is open even later on the weekends. Ginza offers several options for kids and also takes call-in and online orders. And yes, the restaurant does provide forks for those that aren’t so skilled with chop-sticks.