-October 10, 2017-
Here is another sushi post for those of you who are sushiholics like I am. I was slightly hesitant to write this blog post on my recent sushi adventure as my previous post (the one directly before this one) was also a review on a Japanese restaurant. But then I thought, sushi is what I love and I should write about the things that I love…right? So yes, I will once again be ranting about how great sushi are.
The name of the restaurant that I went to today is Oita Sushi. It’s located in Upper East Side, New York on 2nd avenue between 69th and 70th street. The place is quite small so you might miss the sign if it is your first time going there!
The place is very cozy and small. They only have two tables that are very close to each other but seating is also available around the sushi bar right in front of the chef. One thing that I found very inconvenient about this restaurant was that they do not have a bathroom for their customers (only the workers have access).
Once the orders are placed in, the waiter/waitress brings you water. An interesting thing about the water that they serve you is that it is lemon-infused. They do not have plain H2O. I personally am not a fan of lemon flavored water so this point was a minus for me but if you usually like to put lemon in your water, then here’s the place to go 😉.
The rainbow roll is one of their special rolls topped with three different fish: tuna, salmon, and yellowtail. Because tuna and salmon have such vibrant colors, I thought they were the perfect choices to be used for rainbow rolls. The avocado layering added an extra level of savoriness and blended in so well with the fish, especially the salmon. The inside of the rolls are filled with crabmeat, cucumbers, and avocados. I really like this simple combination of ingredients because they make the rolls taste more fresh and healthy, yet delicious at the same time. A downside to these rolls however was the rice. As a sushi enthusiast, I place tremendous value on the quality and the taste of rice. The texture of rice was okay but the taste is what took me by disappointment.
The rice that is used to make sushi or sushi rolls usually have vinegary taste because they’re combined with rice vinegar, salt, oil, and sometimes sugar once they’re cooked. That vinegary taste is partially what attracts me to sushi because it goes in perfect unison with the raw fish topped on the rice. But the rainbow rolls that I ordered did not have that vinegary taste, or at least it was not as strong as I had wanted it to be. The rice just tasted plain and somewhat bland.
If you go between 11a.m.-4p.m., you can get something from their lunch special menu. Lunch special menus are served with a cup of udon, side salad, pickles, and seaweed salad.
My friend got Tuna and Salmon Avocado with Tobiko roll, which is one of their regular rolls. First of all, she was very satisfied with the size of the tuna and salmon in the rolls (they were I admit, pretty big chunks 😍). The avocados however, could’ve been sliced thicker (according to my friend, she couldn’t taste the avocados to the point where it felt like they were “nonexistent”). The soup of the udon was rather sweet and was different from the typical udons you would find at other restaurants, which have seafood broth as the soup base with a mixture of soy sauce and salt. Fresh vegetables like carrot, mushroom, and broccoli were present in the udon, making the soup more clear and refreshing.
My friend was also satisfied with the sides that came out with the rolls, especially the salad. The dressing of the salad was made by blending berries and olive oil together (an odd combination but surprisingly very good). Lunch special is definitely worth it.
- If you want to try one of their special rolls, I recommend the New York Crunch the most, which is what I ordered the first time I dined at the restaurant. It is topped with crabmeat with onion crunch and the inside is filled with avocado, cucumber, and bits of spicy crabmeat 🦀. (A lot of crabmeat! I love it).
- Once again, this place does not have a bathroom 🙁. So take care of your business before stepping into the restaurant.
- If you’re planning to come with a large group of people-don’t. They can’t accept you. BUT!-the place does catering and their catering service is amazing. Perhaps you and your friends can cater and go to someone’s house to have a sushi fiesta 🎉.
Oita Sushi ★★★☆☆
- Location: 1317A 2nd Ave 69th St, New York, NY 10021
- Hours: Mon-Sat 11a.m.-9p.m. ♥︎ Sun 4p.m.-9p.m.
- New York Crunch
- Baja Fresh
- Healthy Cucumber
- Curry Udon
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