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What I Ate: October 4, 2010 (Sushi A Go Go, Sushi Zushi)

Posted 7 October, 2010 at 11:43pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Dinner: We decided to go try the Sushi-a-go-go food truck because we heard that Uchiko's head sushi chef, Yoshi, went to work for them. We hit the south truck (801 Barton Springs Rd., Austin, TX (512)423-7170) just a few minutes before closing so we only had a chance to make one round of orders (which wasn't enough). It was also a little weird eating sushi outside on a picnic bench next to a busy street.
Sushi A-Go-Go

Seaweed Salad ($3.50)
Sushi A-Go-Go - Seaweed Salad

Texas Surf & Turf roll Tempura Shrimp, Grilled Steak, Candied Jalapeno, Cilantro, Green Leaf Lettuce, Avocado, Green Texas sauce ($7.50). Our favorite of the rolls we tried. Excellent flavor combination and tender steak (never had steak in a sushi roll before and we think it's a great idea!)
Sushi A-Go-Go - Texas Surf & Turf Roll

Shu-mai ($2.95). These fried dumplings tasted like they came out of a frozen package (which they probably did since they taste almost exactly like a frozen pack I bought once). The filling was mushy, watery and pasty. Pass.
Sushi A-Go-Go - Shumai

Sunshine roll Fresh salmon, Mango, Avocado ($6.00). One of their best sellers. It's a pretty good roll, but needs the assistance of some soy sauce to bring out the flavors.
Sushi A-Go-Go - Sunshine Roll

Salmon Skin roll Baked salmon skin, Cucumber, Burdock root, scallion, Masago, Eel sauce on top ($6.00). I'm a fan of both crispy salmon skin and pickled burdock, so I ordered this. Like many salmon skin rolls, this roll suffered from being a little too dry (although not nearly as bad as some other salmon skin rolls I've had before).
Sushi A-Go-Go - Salmon Skin Roll

Sushi A-Go-Go - Sushi

We were still a little hungry, so we headed over to Sushi Zushi (1611 W 5th St # 105, Austin, TX (512) 474-7000) to have second dinner (we were craving the black sesame ice cream).

All Vegetable Tempura, $5.50. This was the largest variety of tempura vegetables we've ever had. Shredded carrots, zucchini slivers, mushrooms, banana, sweet onion rings, sweet potato (or maybe squash), and green bell pepper (which was surprisingly interesting).
Sushi Zushi - All Vegetable Tempura

My Spurs roll Yellowtail, cilantro, avocado, tomato, chives, and toreado serrano chiles, $10. This tasted like someone made a salsa and found some way to put those flavors into a sushi roll. We found it refreshing, but unfortunately the flavors mask the fish (to the point where it serves only as texture).
Sushi Zushi - My Spurs Roll

Black Sesame Ice Cream. Although still very tasty, we think getting two scoops of black sesame ice cream and one scoop of green tea ice cream like we did last time might make a superior dessert. The two ice creams worked really well together and we felt that helped heighten both the flavor and our enjoyment of the black sesame ice cream more.
Sushi Zushi - Black Sesame Ice Cream

Lunch: I had two zong zi.
Zong Zi

1 comment to What I Ate: October 4, 2010 (Sushi A Go Go, Sushi Zushi)

Scott, October 10th, 2010 at 4:34 pm:

  • *sigh* I still can't get my "better half" to brave food-truck food. She once saw a chef use a toothpick, and refused to go back to that restaurant. *laughs* I guess she's one of those people who judges a restaurant's hygene by the cleanliness of the bathroom, and since a food truck doesn't have one, it must take them out of the running.