Dinner at O-Ku Sushi Atlanta

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For my husband’s birthday I took him a Japanese restaurant, O-Ku, it is located at West Midtown and headed by Chef Jackie Chang. Before we went, I had heard a lot about the restaurant and as me and my husband love Japanese food, we were super excited to go there! O-Ku offers skyline views of the city, creative sushi rolls, impressively fresh ingredients and cocktails, do you need any more reasons to visit O-Ku Sushi? Chef Chang, who most recently worked as the lead chef of Umi in Buckhead, hopes to blend his traditional training with his innovative takes on the cuisine.

Like the food and beverage menus, the design and decor are a blend of sophisticated and casual, with Japanese elements such as a decorative tile mural, industrial elements including exposed brick walls and steel beams.

Para o aniversário do meu marido, levei ele em um restaurante japonês, o O-Ku, que fica em West Midtown e comandado pelo Chef Jackie Chang. Antes de irmos lá, eu já tinha ouvido falar muito sobre o restaurante e como eu e meu marido adoramos comida japonesa, estávamos super animados para ir conhecer! O-Ku tem um terraço com uma vista incrível da cidade, sushis criativos, ingredientes super frescos e diferentes tipos de coquetéis, você precisa de mais razões para visitar o O-Ku Sushi? O chef Chang, que recentemente trabalhou como chefe do restaurante Umi em Buckhead, espera misturar seu conhecimento na culinária japonesa mais tradicional com uma abordagem mais inovadora.

Como os menus de comidas e bebidas, a decoração tem uma mistura de sofisticado e casual, com elementos japoneses, como um mural de azulejos decorativos, elementos industriais, incluindo paredes de tijolos expostos e vigas de aço.


We wanted to try a lot of different things from the menu so we share everything we ordered. We started with the Big Eye Tuna Tartare ($16) and the Hamachi Carpaccio ($15), both were delicious and super fresh but the carpaccio was the best for us! After, we got some salmon and tuna sashimis ($3/$4 – 2 pc), Salmon Citrus nigiri ($6/pc) and Marmalade  nigiri ($5/pc), everything was so good and by eating the sashimis you can definitely see how fresh the fish is! To finish, we ordered some rolls, we got the Marilyn Mon Roll ($12) and the Black Magic ($21). If you are planning to go to O-ku, you should definitely go for the Hamachi Carpaccio and the Black Magic shushi, for us were the best ones we tried! For drinks we got the Hot Sake ($11/little bottle) and the Hibiscus Ginger Tea ($6), the tea is a great option if you don’t want to drink alcohol but you still want something different and delicious.

Queríamos experimentar um pouco de cada coisa do menu, então dividimos tudo o que pedimos. Começamos com o Big Eye Tuna Tartare ($ 16) e o Hamachi Carpaccio ($ 15), ambos estavam delicioso e super frescos, mas o carpaccio foi o melhor para nós! Depois, pedimos alguns sashimis de salmão e atum ($3/$4 – 2 pc), Salmon Citrus nigiri ($6/pc) e Marmelada nigiri ($5/pc), tudo estava muito bom e comendo o sashimis que você definitivamente vê o quanto o peixe é fresco! E no final pedimos os shushi, nós escolhemos o Marilyn Mon Roll ($ 12) e o Black Magic ($ 21). Se você está planejando ir conhecer o O-Ku, você deve pedir com certeza, o Hamachi Carpaccio e o Black Magic shushi, para nós foram os melhores que provamos! Para bebidas, pedimos o Hot Sake ($11/uma garrafinha pequena) e o Hibiscus Ginger Tea ($6), o chá é uma ótima opção se você não quer beber álcool, mas quer algo diferente e gostoso.


We liked the restaurant so much, that we went there another day when our family was in town. If you love Japanese food, O-Ku is a must to go! Great tip, every Monday and Wednesday, all sushi rolls are half price 5-7 p.m.! I hope to see you soon O-Ku!

Nós gostamos tanto do restaurante que já voltamos lá quando a nossa familia estava aqui em Atlanta visitando a gente! Se você gosta de comida japonesa, vá no O-Ku e você não irá se arrepender! E uma ótima dica, todas segundas e quartas das 5-7pm, os shushi são a metade do preço! Espero te ver em breve O-Ku!

Restaurant Photos – O-Ku Facebook page

O-Ku Sushi
Westside Ironworks, 1085 Howell Mill Rd NW A3 – Atlanta


8 things to do in Atlanta

My husband’s family is visiting us in Atlanta for a couple of days so I decided to do a guide about 8 things that you can’t miss while visiting the city.

1. Atlanta Aquarium

Located in downtown Atlanta, it’s the world’s largest aquarium and it is incredible. It features more than 80,000 animals, covering 500 species in seven galleries and exhibits, each corresponds to a specific environment. There you can find penguins, beluga whales, giant octopus, dolphins and a lot more animals. You can also enjoy the dolphins and sea lions shows. The admission is a little pricey but it’s really worthy.

Price: Adult: $39.95,  Senior: $36.95 and Children: $33.95.


2. World of Coca-Cola


A lot of people know that Atlanta is the city of Coca-Cola and that host a museum dedicated entirely to Coke. Located by the Aquarium on centennial park, you can do both of attractions on the same day. The museum features exhibit on the drink’s historical milestones, the bottling process, the secret formula and a short film about Coke around the world. But the most exciting part of the museum is the Taste It! area, where more than 100 different varieties of Coca-Cola drinks from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America are available for unlimited tasting.

Price: Adults: $17.00, Senior: $15.00 and Children: $13.00.


3. CNN Center


The behind-the-scenes tour at CNN, is a 50-minute tour starts with a ride on the world’s longest freestanding escalator and continues with a look at how each broadcast is produced, including how the teleprompter and the cameras work. If you are lucky, you can even see live broadcast during your visit, the live broadcast normally is on a weekday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Price: Adult: $15.00,  Senior: $14.00 and Children: $12.00.


4. Botanical Garden

Located adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown, the Botanical Garden is breathtaking, covers beautiful 30 acres. My favorite spots are the Fuqua Orchid Center, the Canopy Walk, Cascades Garden and the Glade Garden.  Soon I will do a full post about the Botanical Garden.

Price: Adult: $21.95 and Children: $15.95.


5. Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site

At the Sweet Auburn neighborhood is located the house of the Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was once a pastor and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center where is the his grave and some exhibits on the Civil Rights movement. To visit Martin Luther King home, you need to book a tour, the tours are filled on a first-come basis, it lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Price: Free, including the home tour.


6. High Museum of Art


Located in the heart of Midtown, the High Museum of Art has more than 11,000 works of art in its permanent collection and always a temporary art exhibition, when I went was the Vik Muniz exhibition which I really like, the visit was definitely worth it, now they have the Andy Warhol. If you have been to some museums like Louvre, you will not be impressed with their permanent collection, but the temporary exhibitions are worth the visit.

Price: General Admission (ages 6 and above): $14.50.


7. Margaret Mitchell House

If you are a fan of the Gone with The Wind or Margaret Mitchell, you must do the tour on Mitchell’s apartment where she wrote her novel. The tour is about how the Gone with The Wind links directly with Margaret Mitchell’s life story. There are also two exhibitions: Margaret Mitchell: A Passion for Character and The Making of a Movie Legend: Gone with the Wind.

Price: Adult: $13.00,  Senior: $10.00 and Children: $5.50.


8. Piedmont Park


Atlanta’s bigget park is Piedmont Park. There are paths for biking, walking, and jogging, as well as sports areas for soccer, baseball, tennis and a lot more. You can also find picnic areas, playgrounds and a dog park. On Saturday mornings, me and my husband like to go to the Green Market in the park where you can enjoy local farmers, bakers, jams and some food trucks, and always some live music, the Green Market is normally on from March unil mid-December. The park also hosts some events and festivals, like the Music Midtown which will take place on September 16 and 17.

Price: Free