The hand rolls I previously experienced were conical in shape. I did a bit of research and found that seems to be the case worldwide. Unlike traditional sushi rolls, which are stuffed and then rolled into cylindrical shapes before cutting into bite-sized rounds, these handrolls are stuffed and rolled into a cone shape; perfect as an on-the-go meal.
Last week, the Beau and I went out to lunch. He rarely indulges my sushi preferences, so I was thrilled when he agreed to give Sushi de Handroll a try. 🙂
This is a tiny little pop stand that probably seats 45 people. There’s booth and bar options, but there is no conveyor belt to choose pieces from. ::womp, womp:: I’m still searching for that iconic restaurant experience.
Everything here is made to order. I love that you can see a majority of the sushi rolls prepared in the middle of the restaurant, which is a large walking space for the servers and chefs. They cook their scallops with hand torches, which is fun to watch but I’m not sure I’d order that item. The kitchen in the back is used to prepare the rice bowls and daily specials. It seemed like the guys in the back were slacking, especially considering how few patrons there were at the time.
For $11, I ordered a 3 Temaki set and an order of edamame. You can choose your temaki fillings. I opted for spicy tuna, California, and braised Texan Akaushi beef. These handrolls are open-face, which is just a fancy way for plating a Japanese take on Mexican fare. Each roll is served on a metal taco stand and packs quite a filling punch. I was disappointed when they came out but then pleasantly surprised by how filling the entire meal turned out.
The Beau ordered a teriyaki chicken bowl, which took nearly thirty minutes to arrive at our table, and an order of pork dumplings (the daily special that day). As you can imagine, he was more interested in shoveling the tasty meal into his mouth, and less-so for the picture evidence. What I can tell you is the bowl is massive, filled with veggies and a full chicken breast. He ate all of it and didn’t offer me a single bite, so it must have been excellent. Our meals also included a bowl of miso soup. As someone who doesn’t particularly enjoy miso, I must tell you this recipe is scrumptious.
Their lunch specials run from 11am-4pm and the prices are favorable, especially since most Dallas sushi lunches start around $15. This shop is bright, clean, and full of wonderful waitstaff. The food was superb and our wallets quite content. I plan on another visit soon!