how do you roll? Restaurant Review

29 Mar

I feel like I’m turning into a sushi roll. I’m not complaining, but this week my office has had the “sushi” theme for lunch almost every day! THEN Caron emailed me a coupon for a new place coming to Tinseltown called “how do you roll?” for a buy one roll get one roll free.

Free stuff…can’t turn it down. Nu uh. So today for lunch? I headed on over to see what this place was all about.

I walked in and got super lucky with no one in line in front of me. (This was NOT the case just a few minutes later when there were about 10 people in line behind me).

“how do you roll?” is basically a make-your-own-sushi-roll place setup similarly to Chipotle or Qdoba, where at each station down the line you can add something to your bowl, or in this case, your roll.

At the first station, I got to choose whether I wanted white or brown rice and what kind of wrap I wanted: Traditional (seaweed) or Modern (soy). I hadn’t heard of the soy version before. When I asked about it, they explained it’s pretty much a tasteless wrap. It’s a more modern way of doing sushi. The seaweed wrap is traditional and has that salty, sea-weedy taste.

Next I had to select my veggies.  Options were

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Baby Spinach
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Green Onions
  • Jalapenos
  • Sprouts (yuck!)
  • Tomago (Egg Omelet)
  • Tofu Skin
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Seasonal Veggies

Next I got to select my protein.  Proteins are all extra $.  I selected Krabstick and Shrimp. Options were

Cooked:

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Krabstick
  • Reg/Spicy Smoked Salmon
  • Crawfish Tails
  • Shrimp
  • Unagi (Freshwater eel)
Raw:
  • Reg/Spicy Salmon
  • Reg/Spicy Tuna
  • Reg/Spicy Escolar
  • Seasonal Fish
I also got a chance to select toppings.  Most of these were also extra $ so I passed. Options were:
  • Chili Powder
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Crunchy Tempura
  • Masago (Smelt Egg)
  • Krab Mix
  • or Seasonal Toppings

Sauces, however, were free!  I tried several but really didn’t care for any of them.  For some reason they had n0 shrimp sauce :( (three people in line after me asked for it)

They also had “sidekicks” as their sides you could add onto your meal for extra.  Cucumber, Calamari and Seaweed Salad are all served cold, and their Edamame and Miso Soup were served warm.  The Edamame was only $1 extra, so I decided to try it.

They had a neat machine to cut their sushi rolls.  In talking with the manager, they have no knives and no microwave on site.

Here’s the Edamame.  They keep it in the water on the left, and transfer it to the right to drain and serve.

FYI, while they don’t have any Shrimp Sauce, they have PLENTY of Sriracha Sauce.

The interior looks JUST like one of the froyo places like Mochi or Yobe.  Very clean.  Bright neon type colors.

They have regular soy sauce, lite soy sauce, chop sticks and forks.

Mmm. The Edamame was delish!  I could definitely see myself dropping in sometime just to get a cup of these for $1.

My two rolls.  The one on the left was:

  • Traditional (Seaweed) Wrap
  • White Rice
  • Avocado
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Krabstick
The one on the right was:
  • Traditional (Seaweed Wrap)
  • Brown Rice
  • Asparagus
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Shrimp
I can’t really remember what the sauces were.  I think I picked Creamy Miso, Teriyaki, and Japanese Mayo.

…aaaaand I went again with my friend Stephanie later that week.

These were her two rolls. We decided to be adventurous and try the Soy wrap this time.

These were mine.  Honestly, I really didn’t care for the soy wrap.  It really doesn’t taste like anything.  Pretty sure that is the point.  I actually missed the flavor of the seaweed wrap.

…and last but not least, the miso soup.  Good as well. There’s not really much to Miso soup, so I probably won’t order it again.  Theirs was pretty much equal to any other Miso soup I’ve tried anywhere else.

Mmm soo good!  I loved how clean the place was.  I was quickly in and out (probably would have been quicker, but I was taking pictures and all).

How do You Roll on Urbanspoon

Would you like a chance to try “how do you roll?  yourself? ”  Register to win a giftcard good for one sushi roll! (and if you register the giftcard, you will also get a free order of edamame or miso soup credited to the card as well!) 

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 While I went to “how do you roll” on my own accord (and paid with my money), they have provided me with these two giftcards, which I am passing onto you, my fabulous readers!

 

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5 Responses to “how do you roll? Restaurant Review”

  1. Bonnie Upright March 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    Our orders would be exactly the same! Think I may try it tomorrow….though the no shrimp sauce thing seems a little odd. Even my Publix has a good shrimp sauce. Thanks for posting and sharing!

    • Stacey March 29, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

      Thanks for the comment!! Let me know what you think after you go! I’m a sushi wimp, so I’m not too daring! Lol

  2. Stephanie March 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Mmmm yum! Really loved it here and I loved the soy wrap.. I think I prefer it over the seaweed, though it does add an extra $1 to your roll. Great place, will be back often!

  3. Cam Brown March 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    This is an absolutely marvelous restaurant idea. The Subway of sushi.

  4. Cindy Arco April 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

    This place sounds awesome…would love to try it with a giftcard :)

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