HURRAH FOR RA
With the sounds of the Red Hot Chile Peppers and Def
Leppard playing in the background I entered the most exciting new Japanese
restaurant to open in the
in years. On a Friday night,
the restaurant venue was packed with patrons. Located in the newly
remodeled Del Amo Fashion Center, RA Sushi eloquently blends the Western
palate with Japanese styled prepared food.
I began my culinary adventure with a drink called the RA
Pleasure. As one of their
six signature drinks, the RA
Pleasure blends vodka, sake and an array of fruit juices resulting in
a smooth slightly sweet drink. During
dinner I had to try the Banzai Martini which reminded me of a good Mai Tai
with sake served in a martini glass less an umbrella.
Our server suggested I start the evening with some of the RA
special appetizers, the Mango Ceviche and Latin-Asian Albacore.
As a writer who has traveled abroad and tasted various forms of
ceviche from a number of countries in
, RA’s interpretation of ceviche was on the mark.
Using a cornucopia of seafoods such as lobster, scallops and shrimp
topped with a mango salsa served over fresh endive and avocado, this was
one dish I thought about ordering a second helping of.
While watching the “Pure” sake overflow the
glazed porcelain glasses into the cedarwood boxes, I began reading the
different types of Special Sushi Rolls (found on the last page of the
menu). Purists define sushi as
cold cooked rice dressed with vinegar that is shaped into bite-sized
pieces and topped with raw or cooked fish, or formed into a roll with
fish, egg, or vegetables and wrapped in seaweed.
For those who enjoy the unadulterated taste of seafood, RA Sushi is
true to the definition offering traditional anago, ebi, tako, saba and
maguro sushi. More
importantly, RA makes the world of sushi more accessible through their
delicious special rolls. Since
all of the entrees sounded quite delicious, I went with the server’s
recommendations. If you like
spicy tuna, make sure you order the Viva Las Vegas and Gojira sushi.
RA combines a special crab mix in many of their special sushi rolls
including the Crunchy Calamari roll and Ultimate Shrimp Tempura.
The Pacific Roll sushi combines the avocado & mango salsa used
in the ceviche, (describe earlier) with spicy Albacore, cilantro, jalapeno
and cucumbers. As someone who
is quite familiar with Japanese sushi restaurants, RA Sushi’s Special
Roll menu offers a delightful alternative to sushi novices who may not
find the usual nigiri, sashimi and maki appealing.
The taste and appearance of these special rolls are the farthest
from being called or looked upon as being “fishy”.
Between 4-7 PM Monday through Friday, RA Sushi offers
happy hour prices on sushi and drinks.
On Sundays, it is Industry Appreciation Night (8-11pm) at RA Sushi
Torrance where you can dine on coconut shrimp tempura and spicy tuna rolls
3525 Carson Street, Torrance
Hours: 11 AM- 11 PM
Happy Hour (M-F): 4-7
Price for Dinner (2) w/Drinks: $70.00