Murasaki’s, high-end ramen, sushi restaurant, opens in Arden


Murasaki's "Picante" sushi roll is made with spicy yellowtail, cilantro and cucumber and topped with salmon, yellowtail, avocado, jalapeño ponzu, Serrano pepper and sriracha.

A new Japanese restaurant set on raising the bar for local sushi, ramen and tapas offerings is now open in South Asheville.

Murasaki Asheville will make its official debut with a grand opening Jan. 28 at 200 Julian Lane in Arden.

Murasaki’s abundant menu features seafood tapas, a dozen ramen and noodle dishes, traditional and signature sushi rolls, and items straight off the hibachi grill. Bento boxes, donburi, sashimi, and agemono and yakimono starters are among the menu categories.

The menu prices range from higher-cost premium dishes to lunch specials under $20. 

On Jan. 28, guests who dine at Murasaki may receive a free spring roll, egg roll or kani pocket appetizer. Also, the restaurant will offer a buy one large hot sake, get a refill free deal.

Murasaki is the latest business of owner Putra Negara, who owns Fuji Hibachi in Johnson City, Osaka Sushi & Asian Cuisine in Cherokee and Sake Sushi & Hibachi in Spartanburg. The Asheville location is in the former site of Pomodoros Café, which closed in Sept. 2021.

“We turned the place into a very relaxing ambiance for people who want to hang out during the night. We offer all kinds of sake and wine,” Negara said. “The patio will be open during the summertime, and we’re going to have live music eventually on the weekend.”


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