I'm a really big fan of seafood and can probably live on it for the rest of my life avoiding red meat, pork, or poultry. Sushi restaurants are my favorite place to be and with that said, I've had the opportunity to try a lot of different places without putting a deep dent in my wallet. I enjoy the cuisine very well but I wouldn't say I'm any connoisseur, I still have a lot to learn about the subject.
I spent this past weekend in Palmdale and if you know where that is, you'd know that it is literally in the middle of nowhere. I go there about every other weekend because my boyfriend lives there, but quite frankly, I hate it there. So then, I have made it an adventure to find something fun to do there and so far in the category of sushi restaurants, I have found something.
For most sushi enthusiasts, we look forward to the special Sushi Rolls such as the California Roll, Philadelphia Roll, or Dynamite Roll, etc. Why do we do this? Because these rolls, or maki, were created to cater to Westerners in the first place. For example, avocados first started appearing when one of the first Japanese chefs in the United States, Ichiro Mashita, couldn't get enough toro supply for his makizushi. Avocados, having a cream, fatty consistency was a good substitute for toro and thus, the California Roll was born. Also, most Westerners are afraid to consume anything raw because we are used to having things be cooked and served hot and so, most well-known makizushi are actually more like to be cooked.
But what I find the most delicious is the real sushi, nigirizushi, or hand-formed sushi. Nigiri consists of a small mound of rice, wasabi and whatever topping you desire (fish, tamago, crab, etc.). Or gunkanmaki, a type of nigirizushi, that is a small mound of rice with seaweed, or nori, wrapped around the perimeter with topping filled in the middle. Usually, they are served by 2 pieces, but that should be enough for you to have a taste and still have room for more.
This past weekend, we went to Goldfish Japanese Restaurant (Palmdale, CA) and Harbour (Palmdale, CA) and our menu consisted of:
Sea Urchin, or Uni, @ Goldfish
Harbour Maki, Romeo Maki @ Harbour
Salmon Nigiri, Yellowtail Nigiri, Ono Nigiri @ Harbour
Live Sweet Shrimp Nigiri @ Goldfish
Fried Sweet Shrimp Nigiri @ Harbour