The gist: It’s a bold move to open a sushi concept into Clawson, which is the home of venerable Noble Fish, but Sozai is up to the challenge. Chef and owner Hajime Sato relocated to Metro Detroit from Seattle, Washington, where he opened the award-winning restaurant Mashiko in 1994. The restaurant helped define sustainable sushi and he is hoping to do the same in Michigan.
The food: Impeccably prepared, fresh, and pristine sushi and sashimi offerings, as well as staples like onigiri, poke, maki, tempura, and more.
The cost: Miso soup starts at $4 with an assortment of sashimi going for $42. Splurge on the omakase, ranging from the Mori (a six-course vegetarian feast) for $45 to the Nami (explore more adventurous choices of sustainable sushi with small plates, nigiri, a fish plate, and dessert) for $70.