S and I love “Americanized” sushi rolls, complete with the spicy mayo and cream cheese and BBQ eel sauce and whatnot. Our favorite place for sushi here is Sushi Diner – the rolls there are so creative, and all of them (that we’ve tried so far) are delicious. However, recently we heard about Nozomi Sushi & Teriyaki from our friends and decided to try it out. There are two locations, one in La Jolla (in the Regents Pizzeria/ Einstein Bagels plaza) and one on Convoy, in the same plaza as Dede’s Teajuice City. The Convoy location is supposedly the better one.
The restaurant owner is Korean; you can read about him and the restaurant on the website for the La Jolla location (for some reason, there is no website for this location…) The menu is also largely the same across the two locations, as is happy hour.
We had originally planned to share the chirashi salad, which is supposedly a really huge portion, but S wanted to try the rolls instead. The couple at a table near us ordered the chirashi salad, and it was huge – the container was a giant serving bowl. I think it’d take more than just S and me to finish it off. I also contemplated taking a photo of it, but decided it was a bit too sketchy since the couple seemed to be enjoying a date…We knew the portion sizes would be big and didn’t want to over-order, so each of us just picked one roll. S chose the Alaska Roll, which has spicy tuna, crab, sprouts, salmon skin, cucumber, and avocado. The outside is layer of tempura batter.
The roll was indeed pretty big… it also arrived on a huge platter with, and the individual pieces were laid out instead of in a roll. There’s also a bunch of ice in the platter, and the rolls were lying on top of a piece of Saran wrap. Creative, but I didn’t see what part of that roll really needed to be kept on ice the whole time. The whole presentation was a bit weird. Overall though I thought it tasted not bad. The proportions of the fillings was a bit off – it was mostly crab and barely a hint of the spicy tuna, but I liked the crunchy salmon skin. The tempura batter on the outside made it a bit messy to eat.