In Jonys, German Village finally has a solid option for sushi and sashimi.
Editor’s Note: When this story was originally published, Jonys Sushi was carryout only. The restaurant now offers dine-in, though seating is limited.
The sign outside of Jonys Sushi—named after chef Jony Ventura—says “carryout only,” but there are many ways to enjoy the sushi offerings from the German Village shop, including delivery or very quickly eating on-site at one of its four tables. While the Thurman Avenue eatery isn’t set up for traditional dine-in, its sister restaurant next door, South Village Grille, serves up much of the menu, which caters to all levels of sushi palates.
Jonys is long and narrow, with a black and white floor, colorful anime murals and a bright rainbow of sliced seafood greeting guests at the counter. One of Jonys’ most popular rolls is the JV Deluxe Roll ($16). Salmon, cream cheese and scallions are wrapped in seaweed and rice, deep fried and stacked in a pyramid beneath a cool slaw of imitation crab meat and daikon radish dressed with a wasabi mayonnaise. Warm and cool come together in this decadent concoction.Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to our weekly newsletters.
Among the more creative options on the menu is the tuna carpaccio ($14). Six pieces of tuna are displayed like flower petals and topped with a nest of radishes and carrots. Joined by a small slice of tomato and wasabi aioli, the tuna slices are thick and cool. A citrus-based broth at the bottom ties the dish together.
The dinner for two ($60), which could feed four, is worth the splurge, with 10 pieces of nigiri, two rolls and 15 pieces of sashimi beautifully displayed. The shrimp tempura roll is delightfully heavy on green onions, and Jonys doesn’t skimp on fish in the spicy tuna roll. The sizeable pieces of sashimi are the best part of this masterpiece, which includes tuna, salmon, escolar and striped bass.
Jonys brings much-needed variety to German Village—a desert when it comes to Asian fare—and if you’re willing to venture into the cold, it’s perfectly accompanied by a glass of wine at South Village Grille. If that’s not cozy enough: Long live delivery.