Spicy tuna, albacore, asparagus, scallion, and garlic ponzu. $12.95 Tokyo Go-Go, San Francisco
I wasn’t blown away by this roll. The spicy tuna wasn’t spicy enough for my taste. Compared to the Azteca roll, this barely had any heat. Everything just blended together so the flavors got muddled. I couldn’t taste the garlic ponzu at all. I’m not saying that this roll tasted bad, but the ingredients list was so appetizing that I expected more.
Spanish white mackerel slices over sushi rice, with pickled ginger and wasabi. $6.50 Tokyo Go-Go, San Francisco
This was on their nightly special list so we decided to try it. The waitress told us it was Spanish white mackerel. I’m not sure if that’s correct because Googling “shima aji” comes up with many different results, none of which are for Spanish white mackerel. This just adds to my frustration with the use of common names in communicative nomenclature, but that’s for another blog – lol! Whatever we ate, I really liked it! The shima aji wasn’t fishy tasting at all. It had quite a firm texture and a mellow flavor. I loved the peach color that gradated to a bright pinkish red.
With citrus soy butter sauce, tobiko, and wasabi oil. $14 Tokyo Go-Go, San Francisco
This was such a beautiful dish! It’s hard to see the grilled scallops beneath all that foamy sauce and tobiko, but it’s there and it’s delicious! A bit on the small side, but you do get five them. I’m not sure what the leafy green garnish was, but like most random garnishes, it neither added nor detracted from the overall flavor. I did like the pop of green, though. I also wish I could have tasted the wasabi oil more because that would’ve added a nice punch to everything. The scallops were cooked perfectly and had such a soft buttery texture. A winning dish!
Vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and fresh lime. Tokyo Go-Go, San Francisco
I know that cosmopolitan cocktails have been relegated to “girly drink” status, but I don’t care! I enjoy the sweet, tangy flavor of this vodka classic. And who can complain when you can get it for happy hour prices!? Heck yeah!
Spicy crab, cucumber, avocado, gobo, lightly seared suzuki, sliced chiles, chili aioli, tobiko, and scallions. $14.25 Tokyo Go-Go, San Francisco
Wow, this roll was frickin’ amazing! I loved the heat from all the spicy components, and it looked pretty cool too. I thought I would experience Montezuma’s revenge afterward, but I didn’t – hehe! The lightly seared sea bass tasted great and had a great texture. The chili aioli was so flavorful and I loved the pale yellow color of it. The sliced chiles added extra heat and flavor. Not sure I could really distinguished the gobo (burdock root), but I actually didn’t know what it was when I ordered the roll. I will definitely order this delicious roll again!