Taste Test: Sushi Roll Call
Deep-fried or topped with fish eggs, these dolled-up versions turn two simple components—fish and rice—into an edible art form.
Bu Da Lounge
148 E. Market St., 822-8522, budalounge.com
A delicate tempura crust locks in the core flavors, but the double saucing and tumble of raw fish on top take the decadence up a notch. Eat it all in one bite to fully appreciate the complex, almost buttery combination of flavors. And don’t you dare ask for soy sauce. 148 E. Market St., 822-8522, budalounge.com
TIP: Eat it all in one bite to fully appreciate the complex, almost buttery combination of flavors.
Ichiban Sushi Bar & Sammy’s Asian Cuisine
8265 U.S. 31 N, 883-1888, ichiban31.com
A cool mixture of chopped seafood held together with seasoned mayo gives way to the deep-fried crunch and the center of this chewy, savory favorite.
This roll is crowned with a cool mix of seafood and mayo.
6253 N. College Ave., 252-5555, tchopstix.com
More than just a gimmick, the topping of exploding candy on this sweet creation (dessert sushi?) ensures that you taste the crab’s spicy notes deep in your sinuses.
A topping of exploding candy accentuates the crab’s spicy notes.
Indy 500 Roll
Izakaya Japanese Bar & Grill
7325 E. 96th St., 915-8988, indyizakaya.com
Topped with shards of fried tempura batter, this extra-crunchy roll with a core of fat shrimp tastes like a deconstructed fish fry.
This extra-crispy roll tastes like a deconstructed fish fry.
Photos by Tony Valainis
This article appeared in the March 2013 issue.