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Tsunami Sushi at Hawthorne’s Fred Meyer

The Lady was at the Hawthorne Fred Meyer earlier this week and chatting with Alex, the owner of the Tsunami Sushi Franchise (Sushi is right next to the Cheese Kiosk where The Lady buys a lot of the cheeses she brings home for me to taste and review… think about it… cheese and sushi together… a Feline Foodie Heaven… but no… I have not seen the set-up as Fred “No Pets” Meyer will not allow Portland’s Feline Foodie (that would be me) into the store… but for dining-in, the sushi is served via a conveyor belt (aka “Sushi train”) and the diners can choose from a large selection of sushi dishes as they glide by on the belt… it sounds really cool… however, I wouldn’t know, personally… but I digress.

As you might guess, I’m a big fan of sushi and went on time-for-dinner alert as The Lady walked through the door carrying a bag of goodies from Tsunami. The Man, being the sushi weenie that he is, didn’t swoon until he heard The Lady had included California Roll in her selections for dinner. Me… I was swooning over a box titled “Island Roll” which included four different sushi rolls… I was hoping to have the entire box to myself but The Lady explained that she and I would be sharing the box and The Man would share his California Roll with me… maybe next time…being the incurable optimist that I am…

The California Roll’s crab was filled with “crab salad” as opposed to slices (sticks) of imitation crab. In the salad, the imitation crab is mixed with a mayo-based dressing and combined with avocado and cucumber slices inside the seaweed wrap with the sushi rice rolled on the outside.

The Man combined some soy with the green horseradish, called wasabi, and used it for dipping. I went with naked crab salad… wasabi is too spicy for my taste buds. For less than 5 bucks you get 12 pieces of California Roll.

The Island Roll The Lady and I shared included four pieces of California Roll with crab salad added to the top of the roll; four pieces of rainbow roll; four more of a shrimp tempura roll and four pieces of tuna roll with tuna added to the top. The rolls were finished with a mayo-based dressing drizzled across the top of each roll and sprinkled with black sesame seeds and fish roe. The presentation was gorgeous. Cost of the Island Roll was under $11.00 – for 16 pieces of sushi. Even though I rarely pay for my groceries… at least not with $$$… but believe me when I say, I pay in other ways… these are amazingly affordable prices for sushi delicacies…

You can’t beat the taste either… Alex and his crew at the Sushi Bar at Hawthorne Fred “No Pets” Meyer know how to deliver on the fish… fresh and gourmet touches to make for yummy morsels of sushi…

The dine-in prices are between $1.60 and $3.10 per plate; you can get your fill of sushi without taking out a loan – how can you go wrong – super fresh, well-prepared sushi and affordable… too bad Fred “No Pets” Meyer won’t allow me into the store. I would feast all day at the bar.

If you’re in SE Portland and craving some sushi, head on over to Tsunami Sushi Bar at Fred “No Pets” Meyer at 39th and Hawthorne… you won’t be sorry…

I give Alex and the Tsunami Sushi Bar 4 Paws out of 4 Paws (cause that’s all I’ve got).

P.S. The Lady just advised me that it’s not Fred Meyer that specifically bans pets; it’s the health department that wants to keep us out… what’s up with that??? First, I can’t set paw inside the Seattle “No Pets” Sheraton and now I learn that it’s a health department conspiracy to keep the four-legged superiors away from the fun places…sheesh… humankinds… The Lady says snakes are also banned… now that I can understand…

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