Sun Hwa Chin is the sushi chef at Ginza, a new Japanese Restaurant in the Eagle Pointe shopping center on Washington Road in Evans.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
An authentic taste of the Far East is closer than Evans residents might think.
Ginza, a restaurant devoted to genuine Japanese cuisine, has opened at 4534 Washington Road in the Eagle Pointe Shopping Center. Owner Karina Sun brings years of experience operating restaurants to the new full-service establishment.
The menu ranges from conventional fare, such as steak and teriyaki chicken, to unusual salads such as squid salad and a wide selection of sushi. Prices range from about $5 for appetizers, about $12 for entrees, about $6 for seafood salads and about $4 for sushi. There also is a menu for children under 12.
"Japanese food means fresh," said Sun, who has sampled every dish on the menu to ensure it meets her high expectations. In addition to taste, a beautiful presentation creates a lasting impression and brings repeat business, Sun said.
"Customers pay attention to small things," she said.
The dining room, which can accommodate 55 guests, features clean furniture lines, warm woods and authentic touches of art imported from Japan.
A traditional sushi bar, handcrafted by a 75-year-old Japanese woodworker, occupies one corner of the room with a polished granite floor.
Sun's father, an experienced sushi artisan, prepares the seafood rolls.
The sushi bar offers cooked and raw items. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 2:30 p.m. Dinner hours are Sunday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The phone number is 650-9895.
The opening of Ginza coincides with a boom of new business in Columbia County, according to Jeff Browning, Columbia County's planning director.
"Within the last two to three years, the county has experienced a significant increase in commercial development, including both retail stores and restaurants," he said. "This increase in commercial development obviously is the result of the growing resident population in the county and in the Evans area."
In addition to Ginza, new full-service restaurants to open since early 2003 include Fatz Cafe, Twisted Chicken, Mai Thai, Romas Pizza, Little River Roadhouse and Todai's. Several fast food restaurants are also new to the area, Browning said.
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