I first experienced the wonders of a Blue Crab Hand Roll at Sushi Nozawa many years ago. Nozawa-san’s may be the biggest, but not necessarily the best. Nobi at Sasabune offers a fine roll as do Hiro-san at Sushi Koyo and Go-san at Go’s Mart. Ken at Jubei also prepares a nice roll. However, for overall savor, texture and addictiveness, I find the rolls hand delivered by Katsu at Sushi Wasabi to reign above the rest. Notably, Katsu’s rolls are indeed the smallest I’ve had (ah, less may really be more). He uses Texas Blue Crab and a slightly different nori with a unique (toasted) crispiness to the bite.
Please note that I am not referring to a fried soft-shell crab or other cooked roll. I am only interested in the chopped fresh crab variety served slightly chilled over warm rice wrapped in nori.
I know of other sushi bars that serve them (Zo, Kiriko, Echigo, etc.), but I’ve yet to sample them. Your opinions as to who’s are the best and where I should seek to enjoy the finest of these delectable “cigars of the sea” would be greatly appreciated.