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May 31, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Sushi skeptics might want to reconsider their raw fish reluctance. Geisha Sushi Bar’s fried sushi rolls offer a less intimidating take on the traditional Japanese import.
The Broadway Roll, one of Geisha’s five fried sushi options, offers 10 pieces of deep-fried delight bursting with rich, tangy flavor and a dash of spice with every crisp bite.
WHERE: Geisha Sushi Bar,
804 E. Broadway
WHEN: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs.,
5 to 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5 to 10:30 p.m.; closed Sun.
The combination of spicy tuna, imitation crab and avocado creates a meal different from the typical California roll.
The ingredients are rolled in soy paper, breaded in flour and deep fried in vegetable oil. A drizzling of ponzu sauce, a citrus and soy hybrid common in Asian dishes, completes a meal that should appeal even to those who are sushi–phobic.
“People prefer to have a soy paper when they don’t like seaweed,” manager Gee Kim says. “It’s often less chewy.”
The tuna’s zesty kick contrasts the creamy avocado and the saltiness of the ponzu sauce to give the dish a flavorful punch that’s the perfect counter to a hot summer day and an easy introduction for sushi newcomers.
“It’s a really great combination of sweet and savory, and it’s soft on the inside but a little crunchy on the outside,” Geisha customer Jillian Land says. “All the different ingredients just play off of each other really well. My mouth’s watering just talking about it.”
Seasoned sushi lovers and Japanese cuisine virgins alike should find something to love with Geisha’s reinvention of conventional sushi rolls.