No doubt the ancient Japanese are rolling over in their graves, wondering how sushi became the stuffed silly, deep-fried, over-the-top rolls on menus all over the country.
But contemporary Americans just say “mmm, mmm” as we eat ’em up. There are two new ones at Ryu Sushi Bar worth adding to the lineup.
The Fire roll ($6.58) is a delish combination of tempura fried shrimp and crab on top of a roll stuffed with crunchy bits and crab, finished off with a sweet hot chili sauce and a squiggle of sriracha on top. The sweet sauce, which at first blush seems odd, is inspired. It’s addictive.
The Crispy David ($9.98) is listed under rolls, but that’s taking liberties. Tiny patties of deep-fried rice are topped with a tangle of shredded tuna in an eel sauce and capped with a slice of jalapeno pepper. And while the peppers are not particularly hot, they make a strange bedfellow to the wasabi; I suggest using the ginger but leaving the wasabi alone on this “roll.”
Ryu anchors the east end of the tasty stretch of Summer Avenue, perched almost at the corner of Summer and White Station.
Ryu is open daily for lunch from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and from 5-9 p.m. for dinner. Call 766-7599 for more information.
— Jennifer Biggs: 529-5223