Cherry and I finally went to a “Non All-You-Can-Eat” sushi place in Rumble Fish Sushi. Located on the top level of a small strip mall offAurora Ave North(across from Costco), you can easily drive past if you’re not carefully looking. As soon as we entered, we were immediately greeted and seated in one of the “private” rooms. The sushi bar is in the back of the restaurant and there was also a large flat-screen TV above and behind the bar set on ESPN.
These two dishes are standard appetizers for any Japanese – think chips and salsa at a Mexican Restaurant. The element that makes the salad is the dressing. The dressing had a nice combination of sweet, savory and even smoky! Much better than the creamy and extremely sweet dressings you get at Teriyaki spots. The miso soup was what you’d expect: savory, soothing.
Cherry’s favorite roll is the spicy tuna and this did not disappoint. The Tuna tasted fresh and the chef was generous with the spice – there was nice heat in each bite. One thing I enjoyed about the spicy tuna roll here at Rumble Fish was the adding of cucumber. In many places I’ve been to, the only filling used is the spicy tuna – in and of itself is already a winning ingredient. However, the simplicity of a cucumber really adds great flavor and texture, which can help cut through the spice and adds a subtle crunch.
This is a very popular and safe choice for those squeamish about eating raw fish. The only thing raw in this roll is the cucumber and avocado – the shrimp is fried in tempura batter. There is a tasty creamy blend of flavors between the tempura shrimp, crab and avocado. Unfortunately, there was a lack of crunch you would expect to find with tempura shrimp. Nonetheless, all the flavors work very well together.
If I was given the task of creating a “bite” of food that represented the city of Seattle, the Seattle roll would be it. The fresh salmon and cream cheese make for a very enjoyable bite with the cucumber and avocado adding creamy and crunchy texture. The flavor profile of a Seattle roll is not as bright as a spicy tuna due to the natural subtleness salmon and cream cheese carry.
This was my first time ordering uni (sea urchin gonads), and needless to say, I was like a kid eagerly waiting his/her first day of school as I waited to try it. I’ve definitely had my fair share of fin fish sashimi/sushi such as tunas,salmon, saba, and unagi. Tako (octopus) is even one of my favorites as well. However, I consider Uni on another level of sushi – simply because it is not as common as the other types of sushi and you generally only find it at more traditional sushi restaurants. It can be a little intimidating upon first glance if you’ve never seen it before. It looks like an orangish-yellow sponge atop rice and wrapped in nori. I just dove in! The first thing I noticed was the gelatinous and creamy texture. It was very different from anything I’ve ever eaten. After the texture, I noticed the flavor (or lack there of), it did not have a fishy flavor at all. It was very fresh – think fresh seawater minus the saltiness. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely order it again!
My overall dining experience was good. The service was polite and prompt and the sushi was fresh. I was able to step out of the common sushi goers level and into the next tier with the not so common uni! They also have a very enticing happy hour menu that is offered daily from 9pm until close. On a highway with what seems like thousands of restaurants, diners, and food options, Rumble fish definitely made some noise!