The Sushi Bar: Edmond’s sushi attraction
The Sushi Bar
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Over the past 10 years, I have grown to be a sushi lover. However, until the last few years or so, sushi restaurants in Edmond have been few and far between. So you can imagine my excitement when I saw the sign for The Sushi Bar right around the corner from our home.
I have had the opportunity to enjoy The Sushi Bar several times over the past year and have been fairly pleased. My most recent visit was to celebrate my future brother-in-law’s birthday. We had a large party of twelve so I made reservations and, upon arriving, we were promptly seated. This was great, because the restaurant was bustling with activity and very full, including the bar area.
The restaurant can get pretty loud when full. On my previous visits, which weren’t on a weekend nights, the volume was quite a bit lower. The interior decor is very sleek and modern with stained concrete floors (which contribute to the noise level). I really like the dark tables and chairs and their middle seating area where the seats almost look like couches instead of booths.
With so many people on this visit, we got to sample a huge variety of items including rolls like the Captain Crunch ($9), OMG ($21) , Slippery Shrimp ($8), Naughty Girl ($14), Volcano ($13), California ($5), and Philadelphia roll ($7), among others. I love crab cakes and decided to try theirs as an appetizer, along with a huge order of edamame ($4 small, $6 large). The appetizers arrived quickly, so I grabbed my fork and went to town on the crab cakes ($13). The outer crust was crispy and cooked well and there was plenty of crab, but I thought the taste was slightly bland. Also, the cakes are served with an “avocado relish,” but it was more like guacamole and didn’t really go well with the cakes in my opinion.
On to dinner. Considering our large party and a VERY busy restaurant, our food arrived in a reasonable amount of time — and there was a LOT of it. The most impressive meal visually was the OMG roll ($21 – see a pic). It is appropriately named, because when it is set down in front of you, you quickly realize that you should have considered sharing it with someone else. It is HUGE. Twelve pieces of sushi that include tempura shrimp, cucumber, avocado, crabstick, crunchy tempura, smoked salmon, tempura fried cream cheese stuffed jalapeno, all topped with a spicy baked seafood mix and cheesy baked shrimp. The roll is a bit spicy but the creamy cheese mixture helps tame the heat.
Other big hits at the table were the Captain Crunch roll ($9 – see a pic) (tempura shrimp, crabstick, cucumber and avocado coated with crunchy tempura flakes topped with sweet sauce) and the Baja California Roll ($6) (crabstick, cucumber and avocado topped with spicy mayo, wasabi mayo and masago). My little sister is a veg head, so she choose the Old Fashioned Roll ($10 – see a pic) which had tempura fried sweet potatoes and was very good. We each ordered our own plate of sushi, but most of us shared so we could all experience the different flavors that were available. Overall, the sushi choices were a big hit with my family … at least with those who actually eat sushi.
For those who aren’t sushi-lovers, The Sushi Bar actually offers a good selection of non-sushi entrees. These are more traditional, upscale items such as a New York Strip ($28), Chicken Teriyaki ($16), Rack of Lamb ($24) and Lemon Basil Shrimp ($24 – see a pic). The selection of items was good, but the side choices were a bit unusual. The baby bok choy with shiitake mushrooms (see a pic) and wasabi mashed potatoes didn’t appeal to those in our party who came for the fellowship but weren’t particularly adventuresome eaters. I would have liked to see some simpler fare for these guests — say steamed veggies or a traditional baked potato. Nonetheless, two of my guests did order the New York Strip and it was a fantastic steak — perfectly cooked and super juicy. It was on par with many of the upscale restaurants in the OKC metro.
Overall our meal was a big success with our sushi-eaters and non-sushi-eaters alike. The sushi menu is expansive which can be a bit overwhelming. My advice is to ask your waiter or waitress to make suggestions on what dishes you may like based on the ingredients you prefer. Our waiter did a fantastic job of helping us navigate the menu to find just the right items. Of course, fish isn’t cheap (and neither is steak) so be prepared to spend anywhere from $20 to $40 per person on dinner. The strip runs $28 and the OMG roll is $21 (it is 12 pieces and could feed two people easily). My husband and I spend about $80 (excluding tip) for two beers and an appetizer along with our main entrees.
Most of my family had not been to The Sushi Bar before but all agreed it was as good or better than some of the well-known sushi restaurants in OKC. So if you are looking for a new spot to grab dinner with friends, I recommend giving The Sushi Bar a try. If you’ve already been, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!
Get more information and see more photos from courtesy of Nicole McDaniel Photography on EatAroundOKC’s restaurant listing for The Sushi Bar.
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Photos by Nicole McDaniel Photography