We were seated in the small back room with traditional Japanese furnishings. The other birthday guests were nervous about being in the seemingly empty restaurant they had never heard of, but once we settled in and made our order John took care of the rest.
I tried the mermaid sushi roll, which was new. It had yellow tail, salmon and mussel with green tabiko. It was a little slimier in texture than I would’ve liked and for that I’ll blame the mussel. The flavor was great and it had just the right amount of tabiko to give it some pop. Plus, the way it looks on the plate you can totally see why it’s called the mermaid roll, the green tabiko is rolled on in a circular pattern than the rolls are laid out to look like a fish tail it’s pretty nifty plating.
The terriyaki chicken and beef dishes looked and smelled delicious and were great for the non-seafood people in the party. They were served huge portions with tons of veggies so all the men and women were happy with the dish. The birthday girl said the steak her husband ordered was very good.
I also tried the dragon roll it was pretty good, but not my favorite–no particular reason it just lacked pizazz. I had a California roll and realized once again how I don’t really like crab all that much. Then I had the sunshine roll and remembered it was one of my favorites at Sapporo. Janelle loved the sunshine roll including the plating with the lemon slices on top. She also said that with sushi it makes sense to eat the lemon rind or else you miss some of the flavor. I would have to agree, the sunshine roll is so delicious because of the lemon.
Some of the fish seemed a little off. It may have been because we were there on a Thursday, but the birthday girl’s husband was overheard mentioning the fishiness of his shashimi. I believe it was salmon and yellow tail.
When we stopped to say hi to John, he totally remembered us and apologized for not realizing we were in the “special” room. We will definitely be seeing him again on a Friday when the fish is fresh. Oh and next time we’ll be at the bar.