31 July 2012

Edina: Raku

Hey, muffins!  Sit down.  Have some grapes.

Tonight I'm taking you once again to the fancy-pants land of Edina, where the streets are paved with gold and every child is going to be in the 2020 Olympics.  All those hockey moms need fancy-pants sushi.  Thus, Raku.

Raku
3939 50th St W, Ste 101
Edina, MN  55424
(952) 358-2588

The menu here is extensive, like at any Japanese restaurant worth its soy sauce.  Vegans have lots of sushi choices, including some unusual fruit rolls like apple, mango, and fried banana.  Apple and mango are unexciting, and the fried banana works well as a kind of after-dinner roll.  Fruit.  It's like sweet or something.

Things you'll want to avoid include anything with seafood (except - dare I say - seaweed), meat, or tempura batter.  It is dairy-free, but not egg-free.  Thus, the sweet potato roll is out.  But that's okay.  You have other rolls to live for.










Before you get to the sushi, you might want to order a bowl of legitimately vegan miso soup for $3.  There's not even one drop of fish broth in there.  See the steam rising from the surface?  And the miso broth, all salty and warm?  True, it is just miso.  But it's good miso.

My Avocado Roll for $4.50 tasted just the way it should.  The avocado was perfectly fresh and creamy, sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds.  These rolls are deceptively filling.  I just love them.  They remind me of the times Matt and I used to go our for sushi and order one thousand avocado rolls to share.  We were so young and naive back then.  (Mostly we just didn't know about Tiger Sushi yet.)*

They totally taste better blurry.  I mean, NO I DID NOT FORGET MATT'S CAMERA AND HAVE TO USE MY JANKY CELL PHONE TO TAKE PICTURES ER WHATEVER

I finished with the Veggie Garden Roll for $6, which includes lettuce, radish sprouts, avocado, and tsukemono (Japanese pickles).  Says the menu, anyway.  See that orange thing to the upper right of the avocado?  Bonus!  It's mango.

I usually find mixed veggie rolls too starchy and difficult to chew and/or swallow, but this one rose above my esoteric sushi fears to the plane of enjoyable non-Tiger Sushi sushi.  The pieces required a large chewing committment, but they tasted fresh, tangy, and delicious, with crunchy and creamy textures.  I think it was the avocado.  Avocado can make or break a roll.

But gawl, you'd think a fancy-pants place like Edina would have less blurry food.


* Mostly we were really super weird.  I mean, have you ever heard of somebody going into an American restaurant and ordering 5 sides of mashed potatoes?

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