Before sushi proved how delightful rolled-up food could be, fish had been served folded over rice and woven into a basket. Savor appropriately packaged seafood with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of fresh sushi at California Rollin' Sushi Bar, redeemable at the Village Gate location on North Goodman Street.
California Rollin' Sushi Bar's crew of nimble-fingered sushi slingers, led by master chef Tom Beaman, adroitly rolls fresh seafood into sushi while fixing up 70 cooked comestibles that populate an extensive menu. Diners can nibble on raw sushi rolls, including the zesty spicy tuna roll ($6.35) and the hamachi maki, made up of lemon-kissed yellowtail and scallions ($9.59). Alternatively, epicureans can charm taste buds with tempura sushi such as the Dancing Diablo roll, which dons a barbecue-bedazzled trench coat ($7.15), or the cooked Cinema roll, which spotlights shrimp and avocado in a steamy scene with crisp onion rings ($6.05). Specialty rolls, such as the massive eel-stuffed Leviathan roll ($15.35), silence protesting bellies, and dessert rolls ($7.65), such as the tempura cheesecake roll with a fried Oreo, keep lonely sweet teeth from sprinting off to the nearest ice-cream parlor.
California Rollin's crew of nimble-fingered sushi slingers prepare fresh sushi rolls and 70 cooked comestibles to populate an extensive Americanized menu. Raw delicacies include the hamachi maki, which corrals lemon-kissed yellowtail and scallions, and the cooked Cinema roll, whose shrimp and avocado add a cool complement to the tangy crunch of onion rings. The Leviathan roll ensconces bites of eel and cucumber inside another rolled layer of tempura shrimp and seaweed salad. Patrons can accompany each meal with with unique dessert rolls such as the tempura-cheesecake roll with a fried Oreo and draughts of hot sake, the traditional Japanese beverage made from fermented rice.