Being half asian myself, I love to see cultures and delicious foods come together. With that said, let me introduce you to my new favorite food, the sushi burrito. This magical creation is a fusion of Japanese sushi and Mexican food, combining the wonderfully simple flavors of sushi and fresh seafood with the size and structure of a burrito. There you have it... sushi burrito. It's a beautiful thing.
One of my biggest complaints with sushi has always been the quantity to price ratio. You can order hundreds of dollars worth of sushi and still feel hungry! Trust me, there are few things better than a nice spicy tuna roll or
Mimi's Special Roll, but when I discovered sushi burritos I felt like I had seen the light. Finally, a tasty way to eat sushi that is filling and easy on the wallet.
The rise of food trucks has led to an awesome food revolution and subsequently the birth of the sushi burrito, which has progressed even further into restaurants. So far, the only place I have seen sushi burritos is in California, but I have no doubts that this trend will spread to anywhere with access to sushi-grade seafood. So for now, if you happen to be in either San Francisco or Los Angeles, check out a few of my favorite sushi burrito destinations:
Sushirrito has 3 restaurant locations in the heart of San Francisco. It offers made-to-order sushi burritos stuffed with Asian and Latin-inspired ingredients. The menu includes enormous burritos such as Geisha’s Kiss: yellowfin tuna, tamago, piquillo peppers, yuzu tobiko, lotus chips, namasu cucumber, butter lettuce, avocado, green onions. My personal favorite is the Lava Nachos, an amazing mix of brown rice chips topped with tuna picante, melted pepper jack cheese, avocado, green onions and nori strips. If you're thinking of grabbing some lunch, beware! The lines are extremely long after 11:30 or 12:00 pm and doors close at 3:00 pm.
Sushi Taka is my favorite hidden gem in San Francisco's Financial District. This take-out only restaurant allows you to create your own specialty rolls or choose from the roll menu. Sushi Taka truly stands out among the rest with its healthy green tea rice for all rolls. My favorite options are the Deluxe Spicy Sushi Taka Roll (spicy salmon & spicy tuna, spicy kanikama, kimchi, spicy fish roe and chili mayo) or the Spicy Shrimp Tempura Roll (spicy shrimp tempura, spicy kanikama, spicy fish roe and chili mayo). The only downside of Sushi Taka is the significantly smaller size of the rolls. So, if you happen to stop by before closing at 2:30 pm, be sure to add some miso soup or dumplings to your order.
Los Angeles-based food truck Jogasaki has quite the following of dedicated sushi burrito lovers. These rolls are wrapped in soy paper and come in a wide variety. The Jogasaki 4B for example, contains spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber, shrimp tempura and BBQ eel. Or if you're looking for something spicy, the Spicy Tuna Tempura roll is a deep fried spicy tuna roll dressed w/ eel sauce. My mouth is already watering. Unfortunately, I have never made my way down to L.A. to try Jogasaki sushi burritos, but hopefully I will soon.
Are you a sushi burrito fan? Have any suggestions for scrumptious sushi burrito spots? I would love to hear!