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S Doughty Ave, Somerville, NJ
(908)526-8596
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
A place to return to time after time

Most times when in NJ we visit Shumi with some of our friends. They have visited Japan many times and think that this is the best Japanese restaurant in the area. They order and we have always had the "plate of the house" to share of different dishes. The fish and eel always taste superb.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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Helsingborg Sweden
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Helsingborg Sweden
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Most times when in NJ we visit Shumi with some of our friends. They have visited Japan many times and think that this is the best Japanese restaurant in the area. They order and we have always had the "plate of the house" to share of different dishes. The fish and eel always taste superb.

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Branchburg, New Jersey
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Shumi has been 'my' sushi bar for decades now and sushi chef, Ike, is like a good friend. His sushi bar is where I've spent the best times with my best sushi eating buddies during those decades as well. Although california roll and the like may be on the menu, to really experience some of the freshest highest quality fishes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Year after year, Ike makes the best sushi certainly in this part of New Jersey. Fish is fresh, sushi, sashimi, and rolls are high quality fish, and other cooked items are good too. It's more expensive that all the other sushi restaurants but it has to be to maintain this quality.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I don't know why Ike won't move from this dreary spot with sad bathrooms, a cold hallway entrance and no parking. He's been here for so long I hope he owns the place, or has a $1 a year lease. Once inside, 'tho, and you're in a shrine to great food and a Japanese way of doing things. Pictures of... More 

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

First of all this place is difficult to find if you go for the first time. I would have given up finding the place if I went there by myself. I had new ramen. I think the soup base is well balanced. Not much smell. Very good taste. Not salty, but not weak taste. Maybe a bit of from traditional... More 

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Belle Mead
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

This place has a non-descript exterior on a side street in downtown Somerville, tucked behind a big Mexican restaurant. The sushi is good, but not sure it is the best in NJ. The reason I came here is that it is the only Japanese restaurant I know of in this part of central Jersey that serves authentic ramen. It is... More 

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Belle Mead, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I've had sushi in many different restaurants in different cities and this is by far the best. The fish is fresh, and the variety of types available is more than other places I've been to. Chef Ike prepares the rice masterfully, and the fish melts in your mouth. This quiet, tucked away restaurant is a hidden jewel.

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Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I recently went to Shumi in Somerville with a group of friends, half of whom are Japanese. The other half have lived in Japan. The restaurant serves authentic Japanese food from a real Japanese chef. You can't get any better than that. The owner came to our table to discuss the various fresh sushi options that he could create with... More 

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Somerville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We have eaten sushi around the country and there is none better than what is offered at Shumi! The surroundings are a little run down but the food is unmatched. Expect higher prices than other NJ sushi bars but you will pay half of what you would in NYC and the quality of the food will be better! Sit at... More 

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Your first instinct at the door is that you found a hole in the wall. Its going to be authentic and well worth it. Dozens of Zagat ratings displayed on the wall. Once you get your order, reality will set in. Its a gimmick!! My husband ordered Teriaki. His dish came sizzling but all that was under one medium size... More 

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Additional Information about Shumi

Address: S Doughty Ave, Somerville, NJ
Phone Number: (908)526-8596
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Somerville
Average Prices: USD 25
Cuisine: Japanese

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: S Doughty Ave, Somerville, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Somerville
  • Phone Number: (908)526-8596

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25
  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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