Eau Claire's Downtown Sushi Fix

Ninja Restaurant gets a Barstow St. resurrection

by Amanda Foxcroft, photos by Andrea Paulseth

NINJA’S IN THE BUILDING! Ninja Sushi hopes to be open by the end of December in their new downtown location.
NINJA’S IN THE BUILDING! Ninja Sushi hopes to be open by the end of December in their new downtown location.

It’s been about two years since Ninja Japanese House, a popular local sushi and Japanese restaurant, disappeared from its Eastridge Center location. Many thought it would be gone forever. But there’s good news!

Binh Lin, who was part owner of Ninja Japanese House, has again partnered with her husband, Feng, to resurrect Ninja Japanese House as Ninja Sushi, opening downtown on Dec. 28.

According to Binh, the new location, 405 S. Barstow St., will be better than ever. And the location isn’t the only thing that will change. Ninja Sushi will have expanded hours and a wider variety of tremendous dishes than before.

Binh and Feng Lin have lived in the Chippewa Valley for about 10 years, and both have been involved with Japanese and Chinese cuisine in the past. Before Ninja Japanese House, Binh owned the China Buffet in Chippewa Falls.

Ninja Sushi will offer upscale dining, with reservations recommended and walk-ins welcome. Dinners are estimated to cost about $25 per person, including drinks. The lunch menu will be economical.

Image: Downtown Eau Claire, Inc
Image: Downtown Eau Claire, Inc

And speaking of drinks, this incarnation of Ninja will have a full bar with a great selection of cocktails, specialty drinks, beers, and sake. Not only that, but said full bar will be open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. And you can get sushi in the bar until 2am! (Just be sure you don’t swill a dozen PBRs before you wobble in for your midnight sushi fix. They may not mix well.)

Don’t let the name fool you. Sushi and sashimi aren’t the only things on the menu. If raw fish doesn’t tickle your fancy, try a traditional Chinese dish, something from the hibachi (prepared in the kitchen and brought to the table), or the roasted duck.

The dining room at Ninja Sushi will be open from 11am to 2:30pm for lunch, and from 4:30 to 10pm for dinner service. Get your sake and sushi on from 10pm to 2am on the weekends in the bar. And check out the huge fish tank while you’re there.

A planned opening for December 28 is considered the eatery's soft opening because of the holidays. Beginning in January there will be more announcements, specials, and celebrations to really get the party started.

Feng and Binh are excited to welcome back all the customers from the previous Eastridge Center location and are looking forward to seeing many new faces at Ninja Sushi downtown. I’ll see you there; I’ll be the one “trying” all the sake. So yummy …

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