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Critic Claims Newcomer Dashi Offers ‘Stoner Food’ in North Charleston

The latest review from Hanna Raskin

Steak and egg tostada at Dashi
Steak and egg tostada at Dashi
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

The most recent review from Post and Courier critic Hanna Raskin looks at food-truck-turned-restaurant Dashi. The North Charleston newcomer scores 1.5 stars for its food.

While Raskin says everything is salty, and “Sriracha and sambal are applied willy-nilly, while pickled jalapenos and Thai chiles are shoehorned into every available cranny,” she’s also concerned about appropriation of different cultures for the menu.

Almost everything on Dashi’s menu is supposed to reference Asia, Latin America or, sometimes, Spain. Dashi makes its gimmick clear with its dessert lineup, which features soft serve sundaes done four ways: Thai, with peanuts and chili powder; Mexican, with cayenne and lime; Chinese, with black sesame and five spice or Spanish, with crumbled Maria cookies and cinnamon.

How’s that for a collection of culinary stereotypes?

While she contends that the menu is mostly “stoner food,” she does recommend the potato salad (“... lightly dressed and served warm ...”), the tomato bread (“... a dead ringer for every French bread pizza you’ve microwaved at 2 a.m. It’s delicious.”), and the $14 flank steak for its value.

Though she’s not super fond of the fare, Raskin states, “... Dashi being a really fun place to eat and drink.”

Dashi in North Charleston Misses Mark With Global Mashups, but Drinks, Prices are on Point [P&C]