I Love Sushi

Sushi is good for you Diet and Health!”
So proclaims the menu for I Love Sushi, the um-teenth ethnic restaurant to occupy the corner of 116th St in Fishers across from the Municipal Center. In addition to promising “higher quality of living for our customers”, this little place also rolls up a tasty ILS roll, with spicy crab, avocado, and tuna (all tempura battered). The asparagus roll and California roll (traditional standards when we order sushi) were very good as well.
The miso soup was standard, and sadly, the dressing on the salad did not measure up to the salad dressing at Sapporo, but it was still zesty.
One highlight was the warm towels; re-hydrated from small, dry paper pucks, our waitress (who was very friendly) poured hot water over the little pellets and we washed our hands.
For a sushi joint, we thought the food was fairly good. It seemed high quality and well-made. However, we also thought it was a bit on the expensive side (a California roll here was $5, and we’re used to getting equally good rolls elsewhere for $3.25).
At any rate, we wish the owners and employees luck. We may be back, since it was pretty quiet on a cold Tuesday evening, and that seems like an invitation to bring your infant when dining out…

Uki Japanese Restaurant

Located in an unassuming strip mall in front of Sam’s Club and Menards on E 96th St, we tried Uki on a whim one evening when we didn’t want to cook and we felt like having a meal that wouldn’t “greasify” us. So sushi it was.

The waitstaff was very friendly, and (as with most sushi bars) the chef was very chatty with the patrons at the bar. The patrons themselves were entertaining enough to listen to…

The salad (first criteria for a sushi restaurant) was just all right. The dressing had a much more distinct ginger flavor and texture than other restaurants in the area, and was less creamy. We both prefer the creamy dressing, but it was tasty nonetheless. Just not my favorite. The miso soup was also fine. There’ s never much variation there.

The sushi, on the other hand, was phenomenal. Since I couldn’t have raw fish (stupid rules of pregnancy) I ordered a California roll and a spicy tempura asparagus roll. However, either I made a mistake or the chef did, because I received the spicy asparagus roll (utterly fantastic) and something with spicy tuna. I had to (sniff!) give it to Chris, and he traded the California roll that had come with his shrimp tempura box dinner.

The California roll, though a staple, was also excellent. The pieces were cut on a diagonal, making it slightly less classy to try and fit the whole piece in one’s mouth at once, but it was worth the hampster cheeks. Both a good and a bad thing, it seems most sushi restaurants have “Americanized” the size of their rolls and you can eat dinner and still leave feeling very full.

Chris’s tempura shrimp and vegetables also came with a California roll (which we traded), two pork dumplings, and rice. The tempura was perfectly light and not at all greasy, and the dipping sauce was an ideal blend of sweet and zesty. We fought over the sweet potato, but he eventually won since he did order it, after all.

I know this will become one of our sushi staples. It’s close to home, the food is excellent, the service is friendly, and if they would just change the salad dressing, I’d say we’d have four stars.

Asaka Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Authentic Japanese cuisine. Taka, the owner is very friendly and enthusiastic. $1 sushi specials during happy hour.

Although Emily prefers the salad dressing at other Japanese restaurants, Asaka is known for high-quality sushi at reasonable prices. They even honor requests for “no roe” when you order a sushi sampler.

Wasabi on 82nd

We went here to celebrate Chris’s raise, so the mood was already pretty chipper. In another celebratory move, we tried sake for the first time. Our waiter was pretty knowledgeable when we asked for a recommendation for sake: he found us something dry, sweet, and it didn’t even burn our faces off. Plus, it comes in little square cups.

One of the true tests of a good Japanese restaurant is the ginger dressing that goes on the iceberg salad. It was just the right kind of flavor: zesty but not too sweet.
The miso soup was, well, miso soup. There aren’t too many different ways to spin it, but it was decent.

The sushi was extremely fresh and dense, just how raw fish should be. We ordered some sort of a chef’s plate, so we took our chances with what was brought to us. Try as we might, we just haven’t been able to enjoy roes of any kind, and our plate had several. Pretty, yes. Tasty, no. One might be better ordering something specific, rather than tempting fate.

All in all, we were happy when we walked into the restaurant, and we were happy when we walked out. Good sushi can be hard to find in the midwest, but Wasabi on 82nd found it and served it to us on square plates.

Sapporo Japanese Steak House & Sushi

Sushi in the front, hibachis in the back. Watch out for onion volcanoes and flying shrimp. The hibachi chefs are silly and friendly. It helps you with the realization of how much butter goes into restaurant food, but if you opt for the salad, the dressing is much better here than elsewhere. The sushi section is more restrained. The goldfish stay in the pond. Small children sometimes do, too. A word to the wise, however: they are not equipped to handle large parties, such as, say, a rehearsal dinner.

H2O Sushi

This is not your father’s sushi. Trendy digs, unusual specials with suggestive names. End your dining experience with a traditional Japanese dessert, such as the tasty creme brulee we had…