In honor of National Sushi Day, I’m rounding up my favorite rolls in the valley. Recently, I visited one of my favorite sushi spots, Pure. If you haven’t been to either Pure location in either north Scottsdale or the Arcadia/Colony area in Phoenix, you are truly missing out on one of the chicest and freshest sushi experiences in AZ. My favorite Pure rolls include the lollipop roll, a rice-less but perfect flavor combination “roll” that combines fresh tuna, yellowtail, salmon, avocado, asparagus, and crab mix stuffed into a paper thin cucumber wrapper and served as surprise: a lollipop. The next can’t miss item at Pure has to be the Hamachi Spoons. These delicate bites consist of perfectly seared hamachi with avocado citrus dressing topped with ceviche relish and served in individual spoons. Seriously, order these- you’re welcome. Rounding out my picks at Pure has to be another rice less wonder- the Loch Ness Roll. I’m not sure why it’s called the Loch Ness, other than it is out of this world but the combination of spicy crab, avocado, and asparagus wrapped in house cured Scottish salmon and topped with cilantro swimming in a duo of sauces including asian presto and garlic chili sirracha has made me a believer. Make sure to hit up the Pure location closest to you this summer for fun seasonal rolls, improvisational poke bowls, and the freshest daily sourced seafood in AZ.
Check out the Pure menu HERE
Moving a little south I’m hitting up one of my favorite lunch and happy hour sushi spots, Kona Grill. I’m getting little crazy with the old tastebuds here! By the way, did you know they just opened a location at Scottsdale Quarter just in time for summer meet ups and date nights? Now, Kona Grill has it’s share of traditional sushi rolls, but I like to get adventurous starting with the coconut shrimp roll. Yes, I’m talking coconut shrimp, macadamia nuts, mango, cucumber, and rose nectar cream cheese shoved in soy paper which results in the perfect mix of creamy meets crunch. Next, the voodoo roll is a fun mix of spicy crawfish and habanero sauce- a yummy ode to the dirty south with the flavors of New Orleans. Lastly, not officially a roll but a diner favorite- the tuna tower is stacked high with rice, crab, avocado, tuna, spicy tartare sauce, and a tangy wasabi aioli to get you fired up. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with Kona Grill and with locations across the valley of the sun- you likely don’t have to travel far to expierence all this flavor. Check out all the Kona Grill sushi (and non sushi items!) HERE
Happy National Sushi Day!