CG and I don't often venture out into the far burbs at mealtime. If we do, we're eating at family homes. Last weekend after a dismal day staffing a garage sale, we decided to have dinner in Lakeville. Our sis-in-law recommended Ronin as a place she'd been hearing good things about. Boy, was that an understatement!
The place is tiny, in a strip mall on County Rd 46 (aka 160th St) near Cedar. Our first night there (we liked it so much we went back the following night to toast the end of the garage sale) we went at 6 pm and it was crowded to the gills. Families, couples, all ages. That was nice, but we were hungry and in a bit of a rush (had to get to a play in Bloomington by 7:30). We had the 5 Oceans app (12.95), which was 5 pieces of sashimi in a hot oil/soy dressing which seared the fish ever so slightly. It was fantastic- flavorful and silky. We also had the soft shell crab app (8.95), whose only downside was that there wasn't a bigger portion. I can't remember the roll we tried, but they had Mutsu (Escolar) on the menu as both sushi and sashimi (5.75/8.95) -- actually, all their nigiri is also offered as sashimi for an additional price. I was thrilled, since Escolar is usually only offered on occasion at the other places we frequent. It was some of the best Escolar I've ever had. It truly melted in my mouth. Like Buttah. I was sad we had to leave without trying their Marlin Jewel roll, because the kitchen was swamped and we were rushed. They were gracious and apologetic about our cancelling our order.
The following night we didn't have the same crowded experience, but we went around 7 pm. We had the 5 Oceans again, and it was just as delicious. We also tried the Smoky Saba app (12.95)-- lightly smoked mackerel that was almost ethereal. I am not a big fan of smoked foods, but I usually do like smoked fish, and this did not disappoint. We did get to try the Marlin Jewel, and were stunned at the addition of white truffle oil to a roll- it took it right over the top in terms of luxury (which came with a 20.95 price tag, btw). We had more Mutsu (yum!!) and left so happy.
We would travel to Lakeville just for the creativity of their kitchen. We found out that some of their chefs work or have worked at other sushi places around town, and I am thrilled to be eating at the place that lets them do their own thing. Maybe omakase next time.
7704 160th St W, Lakeville, MN 55044
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