Raw fish, like snowballs, must be rolled with care before being thrown at a school superintendent for refusing to call a snow day. Enjoy well-crafted, conveniently projectile edibles: for $15, you get $30 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Umi Sushi in Westlake Village.
The expert chefs at Umi Sushi craft artistic arrangements of Japanese eats ordered from a menu filled with rolled sushi and Asian specialties. Skilled foodsmiths craft fresh-to-order sushi, rolling eats such as a rice-free Pink Lady roll stuffed with spicy crab and wrapped with fresh salmon ($11.50) for an edible cylinder that chefs slice up or use as a sleeping bag for orphaned forks. The Sexy roll ($11.50) entices diners with cucumber wrapped around tuna, salmon, and avocado, and a baked lobster roll ($10.95) fuses the flavors of lobster and crab. Patrons can break from seafood to sink teeth into a beef-teriyaki dinner flanked by miso soup and assorted tempura ($16.95). Finally, guests can devour deep-fried tempura ice cream ($5.95) to cap off meals on a note as sweet as those produced by a symphony's candy piccolo section.
From a menu composed largely of specialty maki, the chefs of Umi Sushi craft more than 40 types of rolls that serve as tasty pairings to hot entrees and more than a dozen colorful appetizers. Diners can kick off meals with plates of crisp agedashi tofu and ponzu sauce, moving on to special rolls lined with barbecue short ribs or spicy crab and tuna. Meals can be complemented with sips of hot sake from the bar or cold, imported beer.