Review: Fancy Rolls at Shota Sushi & Grill

by gigi on August 20, 2008

Jenkins and I hadn’t been to Shota Sushi in a while so we decided to drop by Kerrisdale one evening to check it out.  Shota Sushi’s claim to fame is that it’s probably one of the first restaurants in the Lower Mainland to come up with the concept of “fancy” rolls.  These rolls are generally more fusion-like and combine several popular sushi ingredients into one.  These days, most sushi restaurants have some kind of fancy rolls available on their menu.

To start off our meal, Jenkins and I started off with some edamame.  If you look closely in the top left hand corner, you will see that they were a bit heavy handed with the salt that day.

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Then we shared three fancy rolls, which all came on one plate.  That was good because I was able to compare the taste of all three rolls at once.  Sometimes, my short-term taste memory is pretty bad so having them all come out at once helped.  :)

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The first roll I tried had salmon tempura and avocado in the main rolled up section and had crab meat and tobiko eggs on top.  This combination was good but at the same time, a bit predictable.  Shota used to drizzle some special sauces over some rolls and I think it would have helped this particular roll we tried.  I believe it was called the Red Roll.

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The next roll we had contained tuna tempura with avocado and was topped with spicy tuna and bonito flakes.  I liked this roll more than the first one because the spicy tuna added a bit of zip to the roll.

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One can argue that the spider roll was the least fancy of the three rolls we had that day; however, it was probably my favourite.  They were quite generous with the soft-shell crab and we could definitely taste the crab meat.  Sometimes, the taste gets lost in the midst of all the batter in some poorly-made spider rolls.

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Overall, I would say it was an average outing at Shota.  I used to be wowed by all the fancy rolls there and could never get enough.  But of these three rolls I had, I was only impressed by a couple of them.  I suppose that still gave me a 66% success rate for that day.  :)  The restaurant was busier than I remembered though and I did notice a lot of people ordering items other than the fancy rolls.  Perhaps I will have to give their other menu items a try the next time I’m there.

Details:
5688 Yew St, Vancouver
Tel: 604-263-8068

Summary:
Food: [rating:3]
Service: [rating:2]
Price: $$

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