Adventures in Eating & Cooking
I made two amazing sushi discoveries recently: first, that the best sushi restaurant in NY is a mere two blocks away from my house, and second, that I’m wrong about Philadelphia’s lack of legit sushi restaurants. Although I already knew that H-Mart’s food court had a nice little sushi joint, I was not impressed by any sushi restaurant I’ve been to in Philly. However, Fat Salmon‘s creative menu of innovative rolls really impressed me.
I ordered the Duo, which consisted of asparagus, avocado, and tempura flakes in the roll, topped with “eel and yellowtail.” It was so delicious, except I think the menu lied about the eel. The broiled fish they layered over the sushi was a bit tough in meat, although any possible blandness was completely covered up by the luscious eel sauce. Everything always tastes better with that teriyaki-like eel sauce! I liked that they were generous on the fatty fresh avocado, which was brightened by the spicy crunch of tempura.
I don’t think I would order the Duo again, but I think my second roll, the Lost Rainbow is a keeper. First of all, any roll with the name that sounds like the title of a fantasy novel just sounds epic. Second of all, the ikura (salmon eggs) topping totally got me in the gut. I love fish eggs, especially the perfectly transparent spheres of ikura that explode salmon juices in my mouth. They lay in a nest of fresh raw salmon and white fish. The roll itself contained slivers of cucumber and spicy crab. Eaten properly (the correct way to eat sushi is to just pop the whole thing in your mouth no matter how unseemly it may look), I experienced a blast of sushi-deliciousness with all sorts of colorful tastes dancing in my palette. Perhaps the name Lost Rainbow wasn’t so suitable after all…
I got to try Vanilla’s Rock & Roll, which packed a crunch! It was a fun sushi roll texture-wise, although the taste was pretty typical. Not that I have a problem with the flavor of tempura and eel sauce; I just was hoping for something a bit more innovative from a specialty roll.
Some more exciting news: My pal, Jeu has decided to create a food blog!! I’m super-excited about this especially since she will be posting her thoughts about this sushi excursion too. Her URL is http://chewingfiend.wordpress.com/ so from now on I’m going to start calling her Chewy! This brings me to my next point, that I had a taste of her Miss Sake Bomb. And I must say, this roll was one of my faves. It’s got this really unique taste, thanks to the lightly cooked salmon and tartar sauce. In combination with the rich eel and avocado flavors, this sushi hit home!