For food, I ordered their Sunset Roll (tempura, eel and avocado, topped with salmon and eel sauce), Galbi short ribs and some salmon and unagi (freshwater eel) sashimi. Wow… I was pleasantly surprised! The sushi was fresh and cut thick. The grade of salmon had a buttery softness and mild flavor that was perfect. The Galbi dish, which is korean style beef short ribs, came out on a bed of assorted grilled vegetables and a sizzling skillet. The meat was very tender, flavorful and has a nice crisp char on the edges for crunch and a touch of sweetness from the marinade.
They are known for their Bibimbap bowls, which are large clay pots full of protein (your choice of meat) with veggies and rice. The bibimbap is definitely filling and worth the price; however, my preference is for their sushi and their galbi short ribs.
The staff is young and very friendly! Joann always makes sure I have my Sriracha sauce with my low sodium soy sauce for my sushi.
Casual and modern feel, fresh sushi that is affordable, variety of rice dish options, young/energetic staff, and has always been consistent….5 ½ diamonds out of 7!
The most common misconception about sushi is that it is simply raw fish, or that raw fish is an integral part of sushi. When raw fish is served by itself it is calledsashimi. Although sushi originally included raw fish, it can be made with a variety of ingredients.
The importance of fish as an ingredient depends on where the sushi is being prepared. In Tokyo, a city that contains the world's largest fish market, nigiri-zushi usually takes the form of a morsel of rice with a carefully sliced piece of fish on top of it, while sushi from the Osaka region might contain cucumbers and other vegetables or herbs rolled in rice and crisp seaweed, or nori.
In the United States, maki zushi is the most common form of sushi. This form involves rice and nori rolled up with the toppings on a bamboo mat, then sliced into small bite-size rolls. The popular California roll is an inside-out roll with crab meat, avocado and cucumber as the ingredients.
Rice is the key ingredient in all sushi. Short or medium grain is cooked carefully and blended with a special mix of rice vinegar, sugar and salt. The texture and consistency of the rice are both vital to making proper sushi - it should be a bit sticky, not gooey or clumpy. The vinegar used should not overpower the natural flavor of the rice.
So sushi is simply specially prepared rice served with various toppings in a variety of shapes and sizes. In fact, chirashizushi, sometimes called rice salad in the United States, is simply a bowl of sushi rice with toppings.
Sushi dates back almost one thousand years, when raw fish was preserved by storing it between layers of rice. Over a period of weeks, the rice fermented, and the chemicals produced kept the fish from going bad. Once the fermentation process was complete, the fish was ready to eat. Eventually, the Japanese began eating the rice and fish together. A form of this traditional sushi, known as narezushi, is still eaten in Japan, although its taste is said to be rather pungent. It is still made by layering salt, fish and rice in a wooden barrel and topping it with a heavy stone for a few weeks.
The invention of rice vinegar made the fermentation process unnecessary, and chefs in the Osaka region began molding rice and toppings in small wooden molds, creating oshizushi. Sushi became popular the Edo region, which is known today as Tokyo, where chefs invented nigiri-zushi by forming the rice into small pockets by hand and pressing the topping into it.