Gone are the pastas and pizzas of
the old Tomato Cafe, which has moved to a new site. Sushi and
Sake has moved in and, in place of the buffet line, there's a dazzling
workspace for three sushi chefs. At Sushi and Sake, sushi is more
than just morsels of fish - it is an edible masterpiece.
Before visiting Sushi and Sake, I initially assumed that it
be another typical sushi restaurant for adults with the usual rice and
fish rolls and sake on the side. Instead, the restaurant exceeded
my expectations with its diverse menu and family-friendly
atmosphere. When I went with my family on a Saturday night, most
of the patrons were young families; parents nibbled on sushi pieces
while their kids slurped up the noodles and used conjoined chopsticks.
We sipped our complementary miso soup while reviewing the list
sushi offerings. The "Regular Rolls" category had 30 different options,
including standards (like the Spicy Tuna Roll) and some oddities (such
as the Pizza Roll). From that section, we ordered a savory Spider
Roll($7.99) and a classic California Roll ($4.50). From the nigiri
sushi section (carefully shaved slices of raw fish on a finger-sized
bed of rice), we chose mackerel, yellowtail and tuna (each selection
included two pieces and cost $4). One of the unique specialties that we
ordered was the Love Love Jalapino (5.99), a deep-fried crunchy
jalapeno, stuffed with cream cheese and spicy tuna tempura.
However, another roll enticed me: the Mango Tango ($9.50).
Stuffed with mango and shrimp, it had a slightly sweet taste that
complimented the wasabi citrus dressing. The mango and fish eggs on top
provided an eye appealing array of bright sunshine colors. Who would've
thought that fruit and sushi would make such a delectable
After our round of sushi, we shared a yellowtail
salad($5.99). The tender, marinated fish was mixed with
crunchy seaweed and crisp onion and tossed in light sesame oil.
Although the restaurant does offer other Japanese dishes,
such as teriyaki, uron noodles and tempura, we decided to order two
Korean entrees. First, we started with a healthy portion of
bibimbob with pork ($11.99). The most unusual aspect of the dish is the
vessel that it is cooked in: a stone bowl heated to 400 degrees. Inside
the bowl, the chef arranged the
marinated pork, vegetables, rice and fried egg in layers. At our
table, the dish sizzled as the restaurant owner mixed the ingredients
in the bowl to cook it evenly.
Next, we tried a huge bowl
of yookyejang ($10.99): a bright red flavorful beef stew mixed with
clear vermicelli noodles and vegetables. The fragrant stew was so
exotic, we couldn't even recognize the ingredients. Since it was
served with white rice, we assumed that we should pour the stew over a
mound of rice. The rice absorbed the spicy liquid and made
a savory combo.
Our feast concluded with a light confection of fresh oranges,
strawberry mochi balls and whipped cream.
I would recommend visiting Sushi and Sake for lunch (Monday
through Saturday), where you can choose from a variety of bento boxes,
or for dinner to sample the restaurant's extensive sushi and Korean
Address: 5901-L Wyming Blvd.
Closed on Sunday