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THE DISH: Sushikita

ON THE MENU

• Tuna ahi poki — Diced raw tuna dressed in sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce, sesame seeds, masago and scallions served cold, $9

• “Kita” cucumber roll salad — Paper-thin cucumber rolled with crab, shrimp, egg, avocado and masago served with sweet vinegar dressing, $4.25

• Southern bento box — Teriyaki chicken served with shrimp and vegetable tempura, white rice, three piece California roll and fruit, $9

• Lobster roll — Lobster tempura, cucumber and masago with soy wrap, $16

*Prices subject to change.

Map

Sushikita

Sushikita

1145 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Suite B1, Suwanee

770-831-8885

sushikita.webs.com

-- Open since: April 2000

-- Owners: Lee and Ting Ke Chen

-- Location: Sushikita is located at the intersection of McGinnis Ferry Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard behind McDonald's in The Village at Noble Farms Shopping Center.

-- Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for lunch, 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, closed Sundays

-- Atmosphere: The interior of Sushikita is small, but very charming. The first thing you see is a stained-glass window with a red and yellow fish, which was made by a friend of the owners, Lee and Ting Ke Chen.

Inside, there are seven tables and 12 seats at the sushi bar with a tan, beige and dark brown color scheme.

Throughout the eatery, the owners have collected knickknacks from Japan and local Asian stores. Behind the bar is a large wooden shelving unit holding samurai swords, traditional wooden dolls and other colorful trinkets.

They have a collection of maneki neko, which is better known as "lucky cat" or "welcoming cat." It is believed to bring luck to whoever owns it.

If you sit at the sushi bar, you'll notice the miniature plastic sushi rolls, a display of sakis and beers, and a dancing toy -- a sushi head that shakes its hips back and forth with a giant grin.

-- Menu: Mr. Lee, as everyone calls him, has been making sushi since 1990, where he learned the skill from other sushi chefs. Other the years, he worked at several restaurants rolling, wrapping and creating rice treats stuffed with fish, crabs, vegetables and more.

In 2000, he decided to open his own place in growing Suwanee, especially since it wasn't close to his former jobs. He didn't want to create competition with his friends and previous colleagues.

"There was nothing here when I was researching the area," he said. "There weren't sushi bars here, so I built here."

He created the menu from years of making the same sorts of rolls for other employers, except he put his own twist on them. Mr. Lee also credits himself for being the mastermind behind the Yami-yami Crunch Roll, which is served throughout metro Atlanta at other restaurants.

For those who aren't tempted by raw fish, there are plenty of cooked items on the menu, including the bento boxes, which come in an assortment. Depending on your mood, you can choose from chicken, beef, pork and vegetables -- all cooked through and served with other goodies, like fruit, white rice, shrimp and vegetable tempura and a California roll, which isn't raw.

-- Things you might not know: Former Atlanta Falcons players visit the eatery, including kicker Morten Andersen, because it is close to their old training site.