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Sushi Diner @ San Diego

I’m someone who usually likes my food or cuisine authentic, but maybe I shouldn’t be quite so snobby about it, given that Sushi Diner is completely Americanized sushi, but damn its good sushi. I would have never walked into this place before, but since my brother and Jinxi recommended it, I was curious to see what it was.

I think it looks like one of those Japanese summer beach restaurants

Interior – the owner obviously likes Bob Marley a lot

We ordered a spider roll, seared albacore roll, and protain rainbow roll.

Seared Albacore roll on the left and Spider Roll on the right

(From their menu: Spider roll – In: Soft Shell Crab, Crab, Avocado, Eel Sauce with Spicy Mayo Sauce, and Seared albacore roll – In: Spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber / Out: Seared albacore, Green onion, ponzu sauce)

The spider roll was delicious.  I love fried soft shell crab, and it was good and crunchy which was a nice texture in contrast to the smooth avocado and rice. The crab was imitation crab, shredded, and mixed with a whole ton of mayo. Overall, the mayo wasn’t over powering, but also complemented the sweet eel sauce. Oh, it was interesting that there was a soy curd wrapper surrounding the whole thing instead of saran wrap. I think this was my favorite roll out of the three.

I loved the negi on top of the seared albacore roll, and the seared albacore was good. However, I’m not a fan of chopped up raw fish (I find the texture horrifying). I think the ponzu really brought the flavors together, but because I didn’t like the spicy tuna (it wasn’t even spicy) I wasn’t so fond of this roll.

Protain Rainbow Roll – In: Crab, Spicy Tuna, Cucumber / Out: Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail with ponzu, masago and green onion

This roll had no rice, but it certainly had lots of everything else. Honestly… I wasn’t sure what I was eating because there were so many different things in this roll, and any bite you take out of it meant a little of everything. It was interesting, and I think once again the ponzu brought the flavors together. It also had a soy curd wrapper to keep everything together.

Roll, on the side

I think some of these other rolls might have tasted amazing, and I’m sad that I wouldn’t have a chance in the near future to try it again. It was definitely an interesting but also yummy experience.

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