Budget-Friendly Sushi Happy Hour in the Gold Coast is No More
we haven't been here in a while so that probably has something to do with it. this place has been open forever. --Lisa T
But being the sushi slut that I am, I could not pass up an opportunity to sample RA Sushi's attempt to blend sushi and brunch. One item, the Bloody Mary Duo, met the challenge head-on with a pairing of their Premium Bloody Mary cocktail with a Bloody Mary Maki. The cocktail contained wasabi and sake for a Japanese twist on my favorite brunch beverage. And at $14, it seemed like a great deal.
The restaurant was quiet and mostly empty when my friends and I arrived at noon. Not a good sign, but not surprising either, given the challenge of serving sushi for brunch. We ordered the Bloody Mary Duo, Smoked Salmon Tamago Roll, the Tuna Shishito and the Spicy Lobster Roll.
The Premium Bloody Mary came with a hefty and artfully arranged garnish of cucumber slices, olives, a whole asparagus spear, a slice of bacon, a celery stalk, a grape tomato and shrimp. The garnish provided a perfect mini-feast of goodies to munch on while waiting the ice to melt and thin out a too thick Bloody Mary. Once the ice melted, the wasabi added a fun alternative to horseradish and I enjoyed the botanical fragrance from the sake.
Alas, the Bloody Mary Maki did not excite me even though the cocktail pairing worked well enough. Aside from the Sriracha mayo sauce, the Bloody Mary Roll was nothing more than the garnish wrapped in rice and nori, sans the olives. I regretted falling for a "great deal" and wished I had ordered the Tamagoyaki, "RA's spin on a Japanese omelet," instead. Bloody Marys always compliment rich egg dishes for brunch. The same cannot be said for sushi, which pairs much better with sake or wine.
That was the first and last time I tried RA Sushi's brunch. I regretted not trying the Tamagoyaki but have since been to Japan and enjoyed the real deal with relatives in Hiroshima. My relatives smiled and nodded politely when I told them about sushi brunch but ever-so-slight shudders gave them away.