5 Places to Grab Sushi
Try some fresh fish at its finest.
There’s nothing quite as fresh (maybe even too fresh for some palates) as a couple rolls of sushi. With the summer winding down, there’s no better time to try out a few new restaurants. Serving everything from deep fried shrimp tempura rolls to fresh tuna rolls, these restaurants are doing amazing things with simple ingredients.
Nestled away on the East Side, Sakura is brimming with ambiance (and fresh fish). Take a seat at their sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare your favorite rolls while admiring Japanese-style prints and other oriental decor. If you’d like, try out the traditional tatami seating, where guests can enjoy their meals while sitting on cushions on the floor.
Quirkiest roll: The Hot Babe, topped with spicy tuna and filled with shrimp tempura and spicy avocado.
Details: 231 Wickenden St., Providence, 401-331-6861, sakuraprovidence.com.
Ten Prime Steak and Sushi
Ten Prime Steak and Sushi is all about class: Its decor is upscale, the steaks are the finest cut and the rolls are beyond sophisticated. The Tataki Maki roll and Mermaid roll are favorites, although just about anything on the menu is delicious. If you’re not in the mood for sushi but would still like some upscale Japanese fare, try the Wagyu steak. The raw bar also offers diners another serving of fresh seafood.
Most sophisticated roll: The Prime Roll, filled with Maine lobster and asparagus tempura and topped with beef carpaccio and truffle chili oil.
Details: 55 Pine St., Providence, 401-453-2333, tenprimesteakandsushi.com.
In Japanese, Ichiban means first, which may be an allusion to where the restaurant ranks in the state’s sushi scene. It serves a variety of authentic Japanese and Korean dishes, from kimchi pancakes to chicken katsu. And they also aren’t skimping on the sushi — it has more than sixty different rolls, from the humble tuna roll to the extravagant Ichiban Special roll, which has more than ten different ingredients.
Most balanced roll: The Ebony and Ivory with white tuna and black caviar.
Details: 146 Gansett Ave., Cranston, 401-432-7220, ichibanri.com.
Wasabi Asian Cuisine
You can get just about any Asian cuisine from Wasabi, whether it be Thai or Chinese, but it’s the sushi and sashimi that really stand out. The rolls taste great with oodles of flavors, but they also have quirky and unusual names (e.g. Happy Buddha, Warwick Roll). Visit during lunch for the sushi happy hour, which offers rolls at half price.
Cheekiest roll: The Victoria Secret, rolled with a pink soy bean paper and filled with shrimp tempura, spicy crab meat and mixed greens.
Details: 1276 Bald Hill Rd., 401-828-8688, wasabiwarwick.net.
Located in Newport, Mori Sushi has a convenient location for anyone wandering through the town’s colonial streets. It uses as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, which shouldn’t be any surprise considering its seaside location. If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter than sushi, try the seaweed salad with sesame seeds and vinegar sauce.
Most flavorful roll: The Fuji Dragon with spicy octopus, crab and deep fried shrimp and topped with avocado, cream cheese and eel.
Details: 215 Goddard Row, Newport, 401-851-7981, morinewport.com.