What fun I had last night…and what a pleasant surprise!
With the onslaught of sushi places popping up, all serving the same thing of one varying degree or another, you’d think yet another sushi place would be one amongst the crowd.
In “rolls” Roll On Sushi Diner. Based in the bottom floor of the AMLI building on Burnet just south of Koenig, this place is set up like an old-fashioned diner; large horseshoe counter with all the chefs cooking in the middle. Menu is overhead and each dish is labeled according to colored price-point – white, $3.95; green, $4.95; orange, $5.95 and red, $6.95.
Waitress greeted us right away and was very helpful. We ordered two Austin Ambers and tackled as much of the menu as we could.
While we were waiting for our dishes, Dan, the head chef, came over. He gave us a sample of the curry peanuts and some of the most wonderful tempura veggies. They weren’t that funky yellow tempura you see most everywhere, but rich and complex. I’ll ask for them every time I go for sure.
Not so keen on the peanuts, though. Too heavy with the curry and hardly any sweet. Husband ate them all, so there you go.
Next came the Cholesta Roll ($5.95), a chicken fried steak center with mashed taters where the rice would go, lying on a bed of cream gravy. Crazy, huh? It worked, although I would have liked it more with a little more steak and a little less potato.
The rest all came out at once. We got The Hippie ($3.95 – the bargain of the night), which was a veggie roll with daikon, sprouts, cucumber, ponzu, scallion and a whole bunch of other stuff I can’t remember, but the surprise was a very tangy raspberry drizzle in the middle.
We got a traditional Spicy Tuna Roll ($4.95), but it was done like a regular tuna with the tuna not chopped and mixed with the spicy sauce, but kept as a tuna steak with scallions, sprouts and cucumber and the spicy sauce on the plate to add as you like.
Our last entrée was The Beefy Texan ($5.95) and this was my favorite. Beef brisket, wasabi cole slaw, avocado and a spicy hickory mayo. This roll was roll-your-eyes yummy.
Last, we shouldn’t have, but we did get The Elvis. Sinful. Egg roll, but inside was banana, bacon and peanut butter on a chocolate sauce. I didn’t taste the peanut butter, but it was still quite good. The plate had what looked to be a very frilly mint leaf, but found out it was a shell leaf (tasted a bit like a mint/basil hybrid).
The owner, Chip, stopped by at the end and chatted us up. He said they weren’t “officially” open yet and that the grand opening still hadn’t happened; they were ironing out the kinks and the menu was still a work in progress. Note to chowhounds: He said that if you’re interested as Chowhounds he’d like you to email him and he’s going to try to organize a party for us…cool. firstname.lastname@example.org