Ah, sushi. Thank God the Japanese came up with a better name for it than “raw fish wrapped in seaweed”, otherwise we probably would never would have tried it.
We were humbled when we recently heard that Rain Sushi (or Rain Modern Infusion Cuisine, as it’s formally known) on 45th had named a roll in our honor: the Wallyhood Roll. We’ve loved Rain’s rolls for years now, always rich and decadent, so this past Wednesday, we smacked our lips and went in to try it out.
The ingredients? Crab, aioli, avocado and cucumber wrapped in seared albacore and topped with wasabi aioli. (That’s it in the photo, upper right. Usually, the aioli would be on top, we had it on the side).
We kind of think they must be cheating, because we didn’t see “butter” in the ingredients, but mmm….MMM! it tasted like buttery goodness. We guess that’s what you get when aioli shows up not once, but twice in the list. It’s no match for their Dragon Roll or Tarantula Roll, but the seared albacore had a good flavor and it all held together oh so yum.
Our only beef with the roll was that the “crab” isn’t actually crab, it’s imitation crab (as is the rest of the crab on the menu). We’re no sushi experts, but we do appreciate that some restaurants (e.g., Blue C Sushi) indicate imitation crab as “krab”, to avoid confusion. On the other hand, according to Sushi Encyclopedia, the well-known “California Roll” is always made with imitation crab (and is, in fact, credited with starting the modern “fusion sushi era” in the late 1970’s).
While we’re on the subject, we apologize that we’ve never written an article on Musashi’s, the only restaurant in Wallingford that can give Molly Moon a run for her money when it comes to lines out the door. Five nights a week, there are folks waiting for a table. The sushi is more straight-up traditional (as opposed to the more inventive, complex fusion rolls you’ll find at Rain), for better or worse, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better bang for your buck when it comes to raw fish in this town.