Sushi For Every Palate

Michelle Boltz / Washburn Review

Sushi is an art form. Its basic canvas usually starts with white sushi rice. What is wrapped up inside depends on one’s individual tastes, whether it is mild or spicy.

Daimaru Steakhouse and Sushi Bar provides a relaxing atmosphere with friendly staff and soothing music, with 26 varieties of sushi available. One of the sushi that is on the menu is Ebi, raw salmon wrapped in rice. When intertwined with soy sauce and wasabi (a form of horseradish), the combination makes the sushi a great compliment to the taste buds as well as giving it texture.

Unagi is cooked sea eel, wrapped in seaweed and white rice that melts in your mouth. Along with wasabi, thinly sliced ginger has lemon undertones and gets spicier as you chew. Lemon juice is a delectable commendation to the California Roll, which contains crabmeat, avocado, cucumber, seaweed and cream cheese. Other sushi included is Ammebi, (sweet shrimp), Sake (salmon), Tako (octopus), Toro (belly of tuna) and many more. Daimaru is reasonably priced for the budget, and have sushi specials available. Daimaru is located at Huntoon and Gage, next door to Grover’s smoke house.For those that like their sushi to go, Hy-Vee on 29th and Wanamaker have sushi available inside of the deli, and are made fresh daily. They have 40-50 kinds of sushi, and can custom make sushi at your convenience.

Dylan Barrington has been a part of the sushi department for four years, and enjoys what he does. He has firm advice on the way to eat sushi.

“Sushi rolls are meant to be eaten in one bite to get in all the taste at once,” said Barrington

Hy-Vee has party trays as well to accompany social  gatherings. The Philly Roll is a pretty popular sushi ordered that contains avocado, crabmeat, cream cheese, cucumber, seaweed and white rice rolled in sesame seeds that add an interesting twist to be savored, similar to the California Roll. Sauces offered are eel sauce, oyster sauce, wasabi, chili sauce, ginger, soy sauce, and Sririacha for that extra “kick.” Lemon juice is available by request.

Vegetarians and vegans alike will enjoy Hy-Vee’s popular vegetable sushi that is made with avocado, carrot, and cucumber.

“People on occasion will order sushi wrapped in rice paper instead of the traditional seaweed wrap,” said Barrington.

Hy-Vee occasionally offers sushi classes for only $15 a person. All ingredients are available during the course, and can take creations home for everyone’s culinary pleasure.

“There is no mystery to it,” said Barrington.

Hy-Vee’s deli is open daily from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., but also has sushi ready to go after hours that are already packaged. Sushi can also be ordered by phone and can be ready to be picked up.

“We’re pretty flexible around here,” said Barrington.