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Vine Sushi & Thai

Posted by DID 9 Nov 2012 6 Comments

After months and months of coming soon signs, Vine Sushi & Thai finally opened in the Whole Foods shopping center off Broad Street. Still in its early weeks, Vine seems to be still a bit green in its service. We stopped in a few weeks after its grand opening for lunch.

They have some excellent lunch deals (two rolls/salad or soup for $8 or a large entrée/California roll/salad for $9). In addition to sushi, Vine is offering a combo of pretty standard Thai (classic curries and Pad Thai), Chinese (Sesame Chicken, General Tso’s) and Japanese (teriyaki and tempura) entrées. Note the menu can be a bit confusing due to a spell check mistake – everywhere the word salad is supposed to appear, the menu reads salsa.

For lunch most of our table went with the sushi roll combo. You have the option of miso soup or a salad and brown or white rice for your rolls. The miso soup was pretty similar to every other miso soup in town, but the ginger dressing on the salad seemed to have mayonnaise in it, which made it really unappealing to me personally. We tried spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, maki tuna and philly rolls. All were fine, a step above the Whole Foods variety but a step below Akai Hana. I prefer the variety at Sushi Love and Shiki. One person at our table did order the Pad Thai and said she enjoyed it.

Vine isn’t bringing anything new to Durham’s dining scene and doesn’t offer the now standard buy one-get one deal that Durham’s sushi eaters have come to expect. The lunch combo deals do make up for this, but the dinner prices seem a bit steep for this level of sushi. Vine could be a good option for a quieter, more laid-back sushi when Sushi Love and Mount Fuji are packed with raucous students.

Vine Sushi & Thai
607 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705
Mon-Thu 11 am – 10:30 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Sun 11:30 am – 10 pm

6 Comments »

  • Jason Argonaut said:

    In this sushi eater’s opinion, the very best sushi in Durham is found at Kurama.

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  • dbird said:

    I’m lost. What is the relationship between Thai and sushi? Sounds like a failed IQ test, likening Pacific Ocean and rabbits. Any info on chefs?

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    Dave replies on November 11th, 2012 at 7:57 pm:

    It’s a pretty common combo. In the Triangle there’s Sushi Thai in Raleigh and Cary, Peony & Champa Thai in Durham, Shaba Shabu in Raleigh, etc.

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    leets replies on December 11th, 2012 at 5:00 pm:

    I hear ya, dbird. Just because a combo is common doesn’t mean it should be perpetuated. I’ve been racking my brains, and the only connection I can see is that both cuisines use rice, albeit completely different types of rice, meaning that they must have two completely separate rice cookers going in the back all the time. Aside from the cultural confusion the Thai/sushi habit advances, it just seems very impractical from a restauranteering perspective.

    Basically, any time I see a sign that says Thai/sushi, it says to me “we do not know what we’re doing, but we have rice.”

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    eric replies on May 10th, 2013 at 1:00 am:

    That may be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read! Thai and sushi are very good together, and very common, as Dave pointed out. If It’s very common, and It works, then why not do It? Is there a rule book floating around that only leets knows about?

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  • aesr said:

    Basic sushi rolls (just salmon and tuna) were pretty good. Good service (better than Sushi Love), and good prices.

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