105 N Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC | Directions 2751435.913438 -79.056108
good & inexpensive! – No frills, but good food, & pretty inexpensive for a lunch in the Franklin Street area. I'm not a huge sushi person, but I enjoy their food! When I've been, the service has been great... not slow like others have mentioned.
Inexpensive and good – I enjoy eating at Kurama ( the one on Columbia Street in Chapel Hill). The prices are good and the food and sake are reasonably good as well. It is a nice after keiko place to go for conversation and a bite (and a sip) for a small group. Not a lot of seating for large groups though.
Inexpensive and good – Someone mentioned getting crunchy avacado... if you're getting avacado in your sushi you should re-think what makes good sushi. Try the nigiri style sushi. It is inexpensive and good. also the Una-don is very good. I recommend this place for an inexpensive place to go. We go there after kendo practice at UNC quite often.
Cheap, Good, Eats. – I like this sushi place. The service is a bit slow, but the food is great and fresh. Plus, it's inexpensive as sushi goes. The sushi chef always says thanks and says goodbye to you too, which I think is nice. I just wish they had better service.
A casual Japanese dinette makes things simple with serve-yourself sushi. – In Short
At a central counter an array of tempting rolls circulate a mechanized "sushi-go-round." Kurama offers the typical array of sushi, and kitchen hops stick to the simple stuff, i.e., salmon nigiri, California rolls, etc., when stocking the sushi-go-round. More complicated fish combos can be ordered from your server, as well as a selection of hearty noodle soups (udon, somba and ramen). Also on the menu are salads, afs20 the ever-salty appetizer edamame beans and miso soup.
So it's not fancy. . . – but it is fun. There are some things that I would not eat there, but if you ask for special things, you know it is made fresh! And not many places will fix natto without a big fuss. It gives a sushi/Japanese fix without breaking your wallet. Be sure to tried the tempura fried sushi - it is good! And the eel bowl is a good value for eel fans. It's not romantic or exotic, but it is a good time to eat cheap and enjoy being in Chapel Hill.
sushi-go-how long has it been there?? – After eating at the Unimpressive Kurama Express, I felt cheated. I paid full price for a 1/2 order of california rolls, avocado is NOT supposed to be crunchy. Also they could add broth to the water they serve the udon in. There is no telling how long that has been rotating. If you want fresh, look elsewhere.
Anonymous – I always enjoy going to Kurama---whether it's to eat or to hang out with friends in the lounge. The atmosphere is great as is the Sushi!!!!
The best! – My best friend and I come to Kurama's all the time for the early bird special. It is an incredible value for the money!
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