Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Tucson: RA Sushi rocks with menu updates

Japanese shishito peppers rock my world

On any given night, RA Sushi rocks with scores of hungry patrons, large and small groups of people, and families, all eating some of the best sushi and Japanese tapas in Tucson.

Mexico Meets Japan
Whoa! My mouth was so excited to consume these Japanese peppers (photo above). If you like some lively spice with your sushi – order the shishito peppers.  Let me know how you like them.  They make me think of Mexico but are really Japanese.

While most people return over and over again for their favorites, RA Sushi likes to mix it up now and then by updating the menu and adding new dishes.

Some include the “RA”ckin’ Roll, a creation of kani kama crab and cream cheese rolled in rice and seaweed, then lightly tempura battered and topped with guacamole (more Mexico?) and shrimp; then finished with a ginger teriyaki dipping sauce…mingling lots of flavors that work well together.

If you yearn to leave the desert and want some tropical thunder, consider the Tropical Roll – cukes, mango, and avocado rolled and topped with spinach tempura bits, spicy shrimp, and mango salsa.  The Pacific Roll combines a spicy mix of albacore, cilantro, jalapeno, and cukes rolled and topped with fresh avocado and mango salsa, topped with bits of red beet tempura and sauteed cashew nuts (photo below).

More spice is always nice: Try the lobster sautéed with garlic, sugar snap peas, and shitake mushrooms in an Asian seasoning, served with white rice.

While RA Sushi has a litany of cocktails made with fruit infused spirits and juices, make life simple and order the trifecta sake flight. Three 2 oz. pours feature sweet, dry, and sparkling sakes – Kizakura “Pure”, Sho Chiku Bai Nigori “Crème de Sake”, and Kizaakura “Pure” Stars. My fav was Stars; absolutely light and refreshing to complement all the food flavors.

As a food blogger I get my share of invitations to various restaurants and foodie events. I have to share that  my coveted invitation to RA Sushi’s media dinner is among my favorites. I also have to say that I frequent RA Sushi  on my own dime for happy hour and lunch many times throughout the year. It’s consistently good with lots of choices. My favorite thing to do is sit on the patio and feel the breezes while chatting about life, liberty, and the pursuit of good food with friends.

The Arizona-based RA Sushi also has locations in California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, and Texas.

(photos: courtesy RA Sushi)

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