Yup. That’s me smiling as I try a big piece of sashimi. If the piece would’ve been half the size it wouldn’t have been so bad, but in general I enjoyed the sushi and will eat it again in the future. With lunch yesterday I’ve completed FIVE of my 30 x 30 list and I really hope I can keep up the momentum as I head into June.
What was most funny about #21: Eat at a real sushi restaurant, was that EVERYONE wanted to do this one. Most of my friends who checked out the list at some point or another volunteered to do this one. It worked out to be my sister and I, which was perfect as this weekend is her birthday weekend and what better way to celebrate than by eating raw fish. Ha!
You’d think after years of people pestering me and suggesting that I try sushi that I would’ve done it by now, but I’ve never been one to follow the herd. If there was any one thing that made me add this to my list more than anything else it was Muriel Barbery’s Gourmet Rhapsody and the chapter in which she describes sushi/sashimi:
“It was dazzling… True sashimi is not so much bitten into as allowed to melt on the tongue. It calls for slow, supple chewing, not to bring about a change in the nature of the food but merely to allow one to savor its airy, satiny texture… sashimi is velvet dust, verging on silk, or a bit of both, and the extraordinary alchemy of its gossamer essence allows it to preserve a milky density unknown even by clouds.”
We found a restaurant not far from where I live after hearing that the one I thought was great wasn’t so good. We ended up at Ebi Sushi (the website isn’t the best) and I just let my sister order whatever she felt was right. Aside from the big piece of Salmon sashimi, we split a California Roll, two Philadelphia Rolls, a salmon roll and a tuna roll (photo below). Of all of them I think the California Roll was my favorite. The crab meat just had a bit more flavor than any of the other pieces and the Philadelphia roll was a little slimy, when you added the cream cheese to the fish! Shockingly I didn’t mind the sashimi so much, but what got me was that it was just a bit too much for a mouth full and so it slithered around a bit too much as I ate it. Aside from this, the only other downside was the cucumber in quite a few pieces. I apparently taste cucumber for hours after I eat it and I’m going to guess that’s why I don’t generally like it, but oh well.
I do wish I would’ve tried the wasabi earlier in the meal, but all I knew is that it was spicy so I stayed away until closer to the end. However, when I did try it I found that I actually really enjoyed it mixed in with the soy sauce and will most definitely do that again the next time I eat sushi! I will most definitely eat it again in the future and perhaps try some of the other sashimi options out there.