The first time I ever tried sushi was at a baseball game when my fam and I were selected as “family of the game.” We were escorted to the VIP area, which was full of catered food, with everything from gourmet desserts to, you guessed it, sushi.
It was a regrettable decision on my part, but I’ve had seaweed salad and California rolls (yum) elsewhere since then. I’d advise you not to try sushi at the ballpark, and head to an actual sushi bar instead! There are quite a few exceptional options in the Metro Detroit area to choose from, such as:
Sakana Sushi Lounge, 22914 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, is my personal favorite and features a menu with over 30 specialty maki rolls and a variety of lunch specials, including vegetarian and rice-free options. If you’re adventurous, try the raw maki selections that are appropriately named—like Ferndale (tuna, avocado and cucumber) and Woodward (yellowtail, salmon, tuna and cucumber).
Little Tree Sushi Bar, 107 S. Main St., Royal Oak, has 25 varieties of nigiri sushi on the menu, so you can get your rice topped with Alaskan king crab, eel and more. House specialties include the Little Tree Roll (fresh water eel, avocado, California mix and eel sauce) and Spicy Octopus Roll (sliced octopus and spicy mayo sauce with avocado).
OSLO, 1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit, combines sushi with… electronic music? Dine upstairs on tuna, squid or freshwater eel sashimi, then head downstairs to dance it off at the nightclub. If you’d like your palate to travel to various parts of the U.S., try the Alaska, Detroit, New York or Boston sushi rolls.
Mon Jin Lau, 1515 East Maple Rd., Troy, fuses ingredients and recipes from China, Korea, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam into one. Chefs from various parts of Asia create the menu’s special rolls like the Godzilla roll (crab, tuna, salmon, cucumber, avocado), Rock & Roll (eel, yellowtail, avocado, cucumber) and King Kong roll (salmon, tuna, yellowtail, shrimp, crab, cucumber, avocado).
Ronin Sushi Bar, 326 W. 4th St., Royal Oak, has a Mountain Dew maki roll on the menu, which sounds enticing. While there’s no pop involved, it’s made of spinach soy paper wrapped around shiitake mushrooms, sweet potato and asparagus. Other unique specialty rolls include a BLT roll, Pink Blossom roll and Cha Cha roll.
A few additional noteworthy sushi places include:
Kona Grill, 30 E. Big Beaver, Troy
Café Sushi, 1933 W. Maple Rd., Troy
Izakaya Sanpei, 43327 Joy Rd., Canton
Wasabi Korean & Japanese Cuisine, 15 E. Kirby, Detroit
Sushi Ko, 30703 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills
Finally, a tip for beginners: beware of wasabi. If your dining companion suggests you take a giant bite, DO NOT DO IT. It’s ridiculously hot, and should be used sparingly. Do go for the pickled ginger, though. Now that I’ve imparted that wisdom, enjoy!