As per usual, we split everything. We kicked the meal off with some hot sake. Drinking sake was always a college ritual of ours. At some point along our educational career we determined that the uplifting qualities of sake made it easier for us to write papers. Right. Whether or not it really elevates our mental capabilities, we still love sake and a trip to Ithaca would not have been complete if we didn't indulge in some warm and invigorating sake.
We also ordered some miso soup and edamame as appetizers. These two salty dishes are a great way to start off a sushi meal. Apparently in Japan miso soup is not served until the end of the meal, but I've always enjoyed it as a way to prep the stomach and palate for sushi rolls.
The first rolls to arrive were the spicy salmon and rainbow roll. The spicy salmon was rolled up with fatty, creamy avocado—it had a nice burst of heat to it. I also really love rainbow rolls—they are essentially crab and avocado rolls topped with an assortment of raw fish. It’s a great way to try out some clean, fresh fish flavors. The rainbow roll was served with tuna, salmon, avocado, and a white fish.
Next up was the Tompkins Roll—an extravagant fried roll. It came with spicy tuna, scallions, sesame seeds, masago, and avocado. The entire roll was deep fried and served up with a creamy sauce drizzled on top. It was absolutely delicious, but a little bit over the top. Even between the two of us we couldn't finish it, so it's definitely a great roll to share when you're dining with a lot of people.
For an affordable, casual, and delicious sushi meal in Ithaca, definitely hit up Asia Cuisine.