Jul 05

Eclectic Blend of Japanese & Pacific Dishes at Sushi Ran

Over the weekend we had dinner at Sushi Ran, located in serene Sausalito. We had the first seating for 5pm, since it was beautiful weather, we were seated on their covered patio along the quiet and charming street. We went with great company and they knew exactly what to order which was a plus since the menu is quite extensive.

We started with the Vegetable Tasting featuring Ginger Grilled Eggplant, Aji Nori Potatoes, Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Kimchee. WOW, every little bite for each was distinctively mouthwatering.  Please get this unique tasting if you go! We then enjoyed the chewy yet crunchy Grilled Squid Tentacles served with Black Garlic Aioli, the squid ink looking aioli was a twist to this dish!  Then came the Seared Jumbo Day Boat Scallops with Green garlic, Wheat Berry, Nettles, Pea Shoots and Uni Bernaise, holy s#@%, this was a heavenly dish! The blend of ingredients were just amazing and the scallop was perfectly seared, not chewy at all…fresh, plump and tender! Of course our tasting didn’t stop there, we then got our deep fried Agadashi Tofu, the batter and the flavors were light, I enjoyed the dried fish flakes on top of it!

Due to the area we were sitting, the Sushi Omakase is not normally served there, but they agreed to serve it to us anyhow. So just know this if you make reservations and plan to have the Omakase. All the fish was fresh with their distinctive enticing taste. I have to admit, I couldn’t remember everything we tasted, I had to ask my friend and she let me know that they were: zuke chu-toro (soy sauce cured medium fatty blue fin tuna), ayu (sweetfish), umi masu (ocean trout), hirame (flounder), kanpachi (amberjack or otherwise young hamachi), katsuo tataki (a tuna that was prepared with a lightly cherrywood smoked bonito).

After devouring the sushi omakase, we decided to order a few more savory dishes to complete our night. We ordered the fresh Uni (sea urchin) and Ikura (salt cured salmon caviar), and Soft Shell Crawfish Hand Rolls! YUM, YUM and YUM! The Soft Shell Crawfish was definitely different in a good way! Of course after we had the hand rolls, we still wanted to order one last dish, we were contemplating a few and went with the Scallop-Chive Dumplings with Water Spinach and Soy-Vinegar. I hate to say it, maybe we could have done without this dish, the skin of the dumplings were good, it was tasty but it was not great.

We wanted to go elsewhere for desserts, but decided to stay for the Warm Toffee Cake served with Spiced Caramel and Ginger Gelato, the Bananas Foster served with Ginger Gelato and Toasted Coconut and the Buttermilk Panna Cotta Blueberries served with a Cocoa Nib Brittle. Okay, what the hell, how can a place with such wonderful savory cuisines also have such wonderful sweet delights? I don’t know how Sushi Ran does it, but they sure did!  We were so happy with the spicy ginger tasty goodness…the panna cotta was good too, but not as good as the other two.