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EatBeat: New at RA Sushi — Sparkling Sake, 3 Rolls

December 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Mango lobster roll

Mango lobster roll

A few new ingredients and new flavors are on the menu at RA Sushi Bar in Downtown at the Garden for the new year.

A spicy octopus and cucumber salad blends octopus with mixed greens and cucumbers, and it’s dressed with an Asian chili sauce. This dish was a favorite at the tasting recently held at the sushi eatery to introduce the new menu items.

Shrimp Shumai is a crispy dumpling appetizer, stuffed with shrimp, skewered, and accompanied with a dipping sauce of sesame-mustard. It would go well with a beer; it’s pick-up food.

Three new rolls include a beef tataki roll, made with artichoke hearts, asparagus, roasted red peppers and avocado, rolled, then topped with a seared flat iron steak and drizzled with soy chili sauce. It’s served with a cream wasabi sauce. Good for those in the crowd who don’t like raw fish.

The new King crab roll is a crabcake-like mix, with cucumber and avocado, rolled, and topped with king crabmeat. It’s served with an Asian “pesto” sauce.

Another favorite of the samples was the mango lobster roll, featuring a lobster mix with avocado and cucumber, rolled, and topped with slivers of fresh mango, served with mango tobiko and kiwi wasabi sauces. The sauces were both colorful and flavorful, with the fruits complementing the seafood mixture; a martini or sake would be a good choice with this roll.

Stars sparkling sake

Stars sparkling sake

The newest sake on the menu is the Stars Pure Sparkling Sake — from California. The effervesence and dry characteristics make it an unusually pleasant sipping sake. Served icy cold, it’s used as a “toasting” beverage (say “Kampai!”) and it pairs well with salty and spicy foods. It’s a natural fit at a sushi restaurant, but I could see it being served with spicy crab bites or salty wasabi peas at a cocktail gathering. At the New Year’s Eve party at the restaurant, they’ll be pouring this to ring in the new year.

A number of sakes are available here, both filtered and unfiltered — and the staff here can explain the differences. Tasting them in small shots horizontally is the best way to learn their nuances. Get in on the sake specials at happy hour daily.

The restaurant’s open for lunch and dinner with outdoor seating; the pace picks up as a club late nights.

  • RA Sushi
  • 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave. (Downtown at the Gardens)
  • Palm Beach Gardens
  • 561-340-2112; www.rasushi.com

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