A & I both started out with a seaweed salad ($3), a generous pile of algae in varying shapes and shades of green and yellow. Tossed with a sweet rice vinegar-based dressing, the seaweed acted like a little salad- something I ate in between pieces of sushi in lieu of pickled ginger. I do prefer my seaweed salads to be more on the salty/spicy side of the spectrum- a bit too sugary for me. A solid (and inexpensive) appetizer nonetheless.
Vic's is pretty well-known by the Yelp-er's for their three-roll special- your choice of three "regular" rolls for just $10.95. Definitely a good way to go if you're sticking to simpler maki preparations. We agreed on a few of our favorites- a Philly roll, an Alaska, and a spicy tuna. Good-sized hunks of creamy fat-streaked salmon and an equally good-sized cube of cool, firm cream cheese- the Philly roll is superb. Sub the cream cheese for avocado and you're in Alaska- either way, the fat content of both guarantee a great mouthful of sushi.
The spicy tuna roll was a pretty major disappointment- I know this roll typically uses leftover tuna "scraps" but the filling in this was more of a mushy pureed tuna mixed with a not-spicy-at-all "spicy" sauce. It had the essence of a spicy sauce- the creaminess from the mayo and a hint of balancing sweetness- but just the barest hint of sriracha had us wanting far more of the burn. But two out of three ain't bad- I told A that next time we should just get three Philly rolls.
We also chose a couple of special rolls from their extensive list. Ingredient quality is certainly a large aspect of how enjoyable a sushi experience is, but we also like to see what kind of creative ways a sushi chef can combine different flavors and textures in a single bite. And yes, these should be able to be eaten in a single bite. First up was a Red Dragon ($10.95)- eel, avocado, and cucumber topped with tuna. We ate a few pieces of the fish off of the top- this was definitely no high-quality toro (fatty tuna belly)- very lean and topped with a little sprinkle of ginger dust. Overall the roll just didn't have a whole lot of flavor- it certainly wasn't bad, but it wasn't exciting.
Fortunately, the Lucky Roll ($10.95) was explosively flavorful- not surprising considering it's contents. Puffy chunks of lightly fried tempura shrimp, avocado, and cucumber are wrapped up and drizzled with a sweet and salty eel sauce, layered with thickly sliced salmon, more avocado, and topped by a sriracha-heavy spicy sauce. Hello, everything I love in one bite. We're not typically fans of non-raw components in our rolls, but the combination of velvet-y salmon and chewier shrimp was a winner. Definitely our favorite roll of the night.
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