We’re on a roll

It was my birthday, and I wanted sushi. Since you should always get what you want on your birthday, sushi is just what we got. We scoped out a few restaurants in the area with varying reviews, and finally settled on Seito Sushi, on the corner of Turkey Lake Road and Sand Lake Road. The restaurant is part of a strip of other restaurants and stores, and doesn’t look like much from the outside. When you walk in, it’s like a modern, urban paradise. The walls are varying combinations of tightly-woven patterns, metals and rich earthy brown tones. White and black also dot the decor and the unique lighting overwhelms everything. Fashionably dim lamps of every shape and color, but all sleek and modern climbed the walls and dividers. All the servers were young, attractive females, and the managers/supervisors seemed like lion tamers, whipping the big cats into shape. I don’t usually like seeing any sort of management happening on the floor, and there were a few comments we overheard about the restaurant and seating that kind of killed the illusion of perfection. I suppose it was a worthy sacrifice for a tightly run ship.We were led to a booth by request (like I said, my birthday, I gets what I wants.) It was wide and comfortable. There were some new fancy drinks on the menu, so we decided to try some of the most popular. I had a Pearl – which was made with Grey Goose, lychee juice, lime and cherry. It was phenomenal. Sweet and smooth, with little bits of lychee pulp that popped in my mouth with the fragrant and floral sweetness that I love in the Japanese fruit. The cherries at the bottom were typical, but my favorite bar-skank past time is tying the stem in a knot with my tongue. Try it, it’s harder than it sounds. 

With my sweet tooth satisfied, we ordered some fried shrimp dumplings. They were priced low at only $4, and gave us a nice start to the meal. They were more fancy tater-tot than authentic dumpling. Lightly fried and gently shrimp flavored, they were small but delectable little balls of what tasted like potato and flour. The dipping sauce was spicy and sweet. Not bad.

We ordered a metric ton of sushi, and even a house specialty dinner – the spicy ginger pork. The pork came with traditional miso soup, which tasted very traditional but well done. The sushi arrived shortly after with the pork dinner as well. I fully expected it to arrive later, so it was a nice surprise.

The sushi looked amazing. Man-Biscuit requested the “Distinguished Gentleman,” which among other things included a thin slice of Waguy beef tar tar on top of a lobster, avocado and cocaine stuffed roll. Okay, maybe it wasn’t cocaine, but I certainly want to inject it into my veins. To put it simply, it was phenomenal, and blew every other roll out of the water.

The others were good, too. The Spicy Lobster roll was filled with lobster and spiced goo, and topped with a pile of crawfish meat which was coated in the same sauce. It was fun to eat and coated with super-crisp tempura flakes that added to the texture.

The eel roll was a little bland. The ordinarily sweet bbq sauce that I am fondly familiar with was lackluster, and the texture was fairly stagnant. However, the eel tasted fresh, and that’s what’s really importnant when dealing with sea-food. I do wish my usually favorite roll had a bit more flair, though. Last but surely not least was the fried shrimp roll. It was perfectly done, with crispy shrimp and lots of blending flavors that were greatly enhanced by the fresh pickled ginger and wasabi soy. Delightful!

When they asked us if we wanted more drinks, Man-Biscuit said yes and requested a “Lava Lamp” for us to share. We also went nuts (despite full bellies) and ordered a Tempura Cheesecake dessert. I am so glad that we did. The Lava Lamp was very sweet and you couldn’t really taste much alcohol – which for a lightweight can be dangerous and fun. There were also perfectly sized icy chips floating in the drink which delighted the throat with coolness and reminded me not unpleasantly of a half-melted Icee from 711.

At last, dessert arrived with a flourish. It was…perfect. Sweet and crispy, fried to perfection. Powdered with sugar, drizzled with chocolate and best of all, sandwiched around a wedge of ice cream. It wasn’t overkilled with sweet, but just perfect. Did I say perfect? It truly was. Order it. It’s worth the $8.

All in all, Seito was expensive, but with good reason. Take out a small loan and come visit this chic sushi joint. You will not regret it.

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