May 21, 2009
Like most of humanity, and some members of the canine family, I used to think sushi was gross.
Of course, that was before I tried sushi. Now, I can’t get enough. I mean, I’m not crazy. I like normal sushi, the kind of sushi, I’m sure, REAL sushi connoisseurs would sneer at. I like the Playboy roll, the Vegas roll, I like stuff with cream cheese in it, I like sashimi/nigiri that is pretty much tuna or salmon or something else I’ve heard of.
The point is, I love sushi. When I get done eating a big meal of sushi, I generally think, that was yummy. And I could totally eat all of that again. Not the SAME stuff, but fresh servings.
But today for lunch, Louie and Rich took me to their favorite local sushi place. Favorite because they have a lunch special–for $15 you sit at the bar, and order up. And up. And up.
Seriously, you tell him what you want to start with, and before you’re even taking your first bite, the chef is asking you what you want next.
We started with, and I am not making this up, TWENTY orders of nigiri.
Then we each ordered a long roll. And another. And another. NINE long rolls.
- San Francisco
- King Kong
- Irish Veggie
- Mango Tango
And just when I was about to throw in the towel and declare Rich and Louie the sushi champions of the world, Rich ordered one last item, the Upside Down Spicy Shrimp.
They were like candy. That’s the Irish Veggie on the left, Upside Down Spicy Shrimp on the right.
Louie said something to the Chef about the Upside Down Spicy Shrimp not being so spicy. The guy took some offense, not like Soup Nazi offense, more like “Oh Yeah? You want spicy?” Louie did want spicy.
The chef had to go to the back for the special spicy, like they kept it locked up or something. He mixed it up in a bowl, and instead of being nice and creamy colored like the ones in the picture up there, they were blood red.
Louie cried a little. Rich simply smiled and said “hey, that has a little kick.” I passed.
In all, I figure we ate about $150 worth of regular menu sushi.
We spent $45. Between the three of us.