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The Most Comprehensive Review of a Local Sushi Restaurant in Juanita written in November

Whenever I see an article titled “The most ….” or the “Top ten things you must …” I question it. Something in my gut tells me that it is inaccurate and as with most things on the Internet it turns out to be true. Today, I sat down and decided to write “The Most Comprehensive Review of a Sushi Restaurant” and realized the need for a far more specific title so that when someone like me reads the title the only way to prove that it is inaccurate is to write a review that is more comprehensive than mine and ergo improve the quality of the Internet.

Oto Sushi – a small place, nestled between a massage parlour and another restaurant, behind a Walgreens.

11628 97th Ln NE
(at Juanita Dr)
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 825-8899

The staff are very friendly and it’s open till late (10pm). The open-till-lateness is very useful, coming back after hitting the gym and finding that there is no food in the house. The ingredients are fresh and the rolls are not only delicious but also beautifully presented.

tl;dr – if you do not read further:

  • The Norwegian Pepper Salmon is delicious
  • The Caterpillar Roll is a work of art
  • The Snow Crab is soft and soothing and melts in your mouth.
  • The Rainbow Roll is stunning as well

Pictures and roll descriptions in my order of preference of the rolls.

The Caterpillar Roll

If you do not order anything else then order this. Crab. Eel. The sauce is tangy. It is delicious and presented beautifully.

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The Rainbow Roll

This is a roll you get everywhere. It’s got four different fish meats on top of it – they are of different colours and hence the name “Rainbow Roll” (I’m sure you got that from the picture ).

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The Mango Salad Roll

Crab, wrapped in lettuce and beetroot. Simple. Elegant. Healthy. The sauce (raw mango flavoured) goes really well with the roll. Oh, and each piece is rather big and kind of hard to fit in your mouth like a gentleman.

 

Lion King Roll

This roll looks like a mess. It seems like a crazy jumble of thoughts and when you take a piece of it and put it in your mouth you realize just how crazy it is. There is so much going on in this roll – the creamy sauce, the spice, the sweetness of the crab, the wasabi and the soy sauce – and yet it all just comes together as you eat it.

 

The Norwegian Pepper Salmon

It’s seared, has a slightly burnt taste and sprinkled with black pepper. Enough said.

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Godzilla Roll

Eel and spice – it tastes very nice.

 

Dragon Roll

The Godzilla Roll’s older cousin. Similar.

 

Tiger Roll

Tempura. Snow Crab and another fish whose meat is in the mouth. Slightly chewy but the coolness of the snow-crab is very refreshing. Good to finish a meal with.

 

Salmon King Roll

Shrimp, snow crab and Salmon. Filling.

 

The Not So Good Rolls

Or rather, rolls that I don’t like that much.

The Fire Alarm Roll – It has Jalapenos on it but it is not spicy at all

 

Magic Roll

 

Music Roll – I think it is by far the most meh-inducing roll.

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Magic Roll

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Snow crab. Lots of it. No special sauce.

 

Music Roll

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Tempura. Seared salmon. The sauce is very creamy. This is not a good roll.

Sushi VI

Salmon King Roll

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Shrimp tempura. Snow crab topped with Salmon and fish roe. Very filling.

Rainbow Roll

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Another beautiful roll. It has crab inside and different fish outside – Salmon/Tuna etc. The green is the avocado.

Sushi – V

this post in collaboration with Maddy D.

Dream <something> Roll

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Another horrible picture. I would have thought that I’d have gotten better at it. This roll had three kinds of fish inside (you can taste the different fish itself) and another on top. I do not remember which but I suspect tuna and salmon for sure. It was also layered with a little bit of cashew which was very nice.

 

Lion King Roll

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Appearances (and photographs) can be deceptive. This roll has a hint of spiciness but the sweetness of the crab and the creaminess of the fish on top make it melt in your mouth.

 

Mango Salad Roll

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Crab, wrapped in lettuce and beetroot. Simple. Elegant. Healthy. The sauce (raw mango flavoured) goes really well with the roll. Oh, and each piece is rather big and kind of hard to fit in your mouth like a gentleman.

Sushi – IV

Dragon Roll

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So, I saw the snow crab and went right ahead ergo no full picture :-). Anyway, this was cool and soothing and had snowcrab, tempura, eel and avacado. Very nice.

Fire Alarm Roll

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It looks like a ship. Jalapeno is probably why this is called the Fire Alarm Roll. It’s got tempura and tuna I think. The Jalapenos make a nice crunchy noise when you bite into them but the roll isn’t really spicy – Fire Alarm is a misnomer.

Sushi – III

Caterpillar Roll

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This roll looks very nice, like a caterpillar. It’s got crab and eel and the rice is mixed with a very tangy tasty sauce. Very very nice.

Double Salmon Roll

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Lots of Salmon. Cucumber. Simple. Straightforward.

Sushi – II

Godzilla Roll

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Eel and spice. It tastes very nice – you don’t really need the Soy Sauce with this. It’s got something slightly fried around it so has a nice crunch.

Tiger Roll

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Tempura. Snow Crab and another fish whose meat is in the mouth. Slightly chewy but the coolness of the snow-crab is very refreshing. Good to finish a meal with.

Sushi – I

The Avalon Roll

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Tempura. Crab. Avocado. Cucumber. Very nice, especially the crab, incredibly cooling and refreshing.

Bryant’s Rainbow Roll

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Looks the same as the Avalon Roll but couldn’t be more different. It’s spicy. There is no crab. Tempura and three other kinds of fish. A lot of raw meat that can be tasted.