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Sushi Sake favorites

sweet100s | Feb 6, 200811:24 PM

A couple people mentioned liking Sushi Sake in this thread

What are your favorites there?

My 2 favorite vegetable dishes in Austin are from Sushi Sake:

the Goma Ae - a completely addictive cold spinach dish served with a sweet black sesame seed paste. Most spinach dishes I've tried are ho-hum or just kinda good, but even the spinach alone (without the paste), it is delicious. Anyone know what kind of spinach it is? Either it is a different type of spinach or the preparation is so unique that it fakes me out into thinking it's a different types of spinach.

the Asparagus Yaki - two-inch pieces of sauteed asparagus surfing in a delicious buttery-soy-miso sauce that I've tried to replicate at home. The asparagus is cooked to that 'crisp-tender" point, or maybe a smidge into the tender side.

I've enjoyed 3 not-on-the-menu (still?) rolls: Spicy Susan, Dragon Roll and Spicy Carlos

Spicy Susan is my fave: salmon on top, spicy tuna inside w/ avacado, and that delicious pink-orange spicy-sweet mayo-based sauce on the side. All the flavors in this roll are distinct, unlike similar rolls with a similar concept For example, like the "7-up roll" at the new Kenobi restaurant also in the Arboretum. All the flavors in the roll just seemed smushed together into one. I was convinced I'd love it from the description but did not. (That restaurant had winners in other parts of their menu though, and the decor is tres chic. I want that light dividing the middle of the 2 booths rows for my bedroom...A decision made after staring at it for 5 minutes.)

Sushi Sake's Dragon Roll presents shrimp tempura on the inside, eel and avocado out. Tasty combination that induces cravings after a period of time away...

The 2 things I have not enjoyed:

Salmon Skin salad - Granted, it's not on the menu, it was a special request, but it was not good at all.
Hayashi in Georgetown has made the best Salmon Skin salad I've had in a very long time. Plus, the chef behind the sushi bar when I was there had quite the flair for artful presentation. I ordered nothing on the menu, yet everything delivered was plated beautifully.

Sushi Sake's Shrimp and Veggie Tempura dinner is very skimpy on the veggies. Why? Veggies are so (relatively) inexpensive!

Other thing to keep in mind that nypb mentioned in this thread: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/481725
nypb >> recently tried to order takeout at Sushi Sake after 7 on a Friday night. "No takeout after 7 on weekends." What's up with all these weird sushi house rules?

Yep - No takeout on Fridays or Saturday evenings. I didn't understand the explanation given when I had the debate with them, so I don't remember what it was.

nypb had the solution perhaps - order from the sushi bar, have a drink, have a nibble, then ask for it to go.

But all in all, I very much enjoy the dishes described above. So much that it's hard to make myself venture from them. What are your faves?

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