Sampling RA Sushi's New Menu
|RA's signature "RA"ckin' shimp, sweet onion salmon sashimi, RA chips and salsa, and kaisen ceviche in the center.|
The Outback of maki rolls RA Sushi unveiled it's new menu this week. All three South Florida locations - Palm Beach Gardens, Pembroke Pines, and South Miami - will be slinging new dishes, which Charlie sampled at media dinner this Monday. The menu rollout - an annual fall occasion - brings some kinky new names, but not all of them are anything special.
New appetizers - the better part of the added items - included Sweet Onion Salmon Tapas, Ra Chips and Salsa, and Kaisen Ceviche. The sashimi tapas ($7.50) were pretty spectacular: salmon with marinated red onions and a sweet onion dressing. If I had only eaten this the entire night, I would have been perfectly happy.
Luckily, I got my hands on the coolest Japanese twist on an American craze: chips and salsa. Made with tuna tartare, cucumber and fresh salsa, RA's version ($8.50) was spicy, but not overpowering. Enough punch to make me want more of it.
The Kaisen Ceviche ($9.50) was a little disappointing, with a total onion takeover in the salsa. The shrimp, scallops and squid were all cooked perfectly, but I missed their flavor because the onion was too busy stealing (and ruining) the Ceviche show.
|From left to right: spicy lobster roll, hot mess, RA's famous "Viva Las Vegas" roll, and the "RA"lolipop.|
New sushi rolls included the Hot Mess ($13) - crispy rice balls topped with king crab mix, baked, and then topped with the "hot" jalapeno. Not as messy as one would think going into it, but RA went a little heavy on the rice balls. The main act was the king crab mix and there could have been more emphasis on that.
Cute new roll "RA"llipop ($15) is for those who are looking for the roll without the rice. Made with a combination of tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and a spicy tuna mix, the roll also includes cucumber, lettuce, and asparagus all wrapped in lobok - a Korean root vegetable that's almost like an Asian radish. The presentation was cute with skewers in the roll like an actual lollipop, and it was a great way to eat sushi sans carbs. However, unlike its spiffy name, the taste was good, but wasn't anything spectacular.
|Banana maki roll.|
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