Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Raku Sushi: Edina

Raku Sushi
3939 W. 50th Street
Suite 101
Edina, MN 55424


How Did We Find This Place?
My friend Emily and I had a sushi craving and we wanted to find a spot to meet in the middle so I googled "sushi Edina" and ran across Raku.  It had good reviews so we decided to take a chance on a new sushi spot.

What's Unique About This Place?
Raku is an upscale restaurant that focuses on Japanese with a flair for French, Italian and other Asian influences.  As far as for uniqueness, I would have to say that their posh interior definitely fits in with the rest of the neighborhood and the use of high end finishes, soothing colors and fancy fixtures make you feel very relaxed.  

In addition, they have good happy hour specials running Monday-Thursday from 3-5pm and 9-10pm; soup, appetizers, sushi and salads are up to 50% off. 

Our Meal
We started off with a edamame appetizer:
Raku's Edamame Appetizer: $5
And goodness knows that me and Emily can't go to a sushi place without trying it's escolar (aka super white tuna):
Raku's Escolar ($5) and Fatty Tuna (Market Price)
Then onto the main courses, but where to begin....there were just SO many good options that they had...but we finally narrowed it down to two.
Raku's Captain Crunch Roll: Shrimp tempura, crab, avocado cucumber and crispy tempura flakes outside.  $14
Raku's Lotus Roll: Spicy tuna, yamagobo (pickled carrots), topped with fresh tuna and avocado, served with spicy mayo sauce.  $14
Our Thoughts
Yum. Yum. And Yum.  The edamame was good (yes I've had bad edamame before), the escolar was top notch, the fatty tuna was amazing (and was actually one of the best pieces of fish I've ever had), the tempura shrimp in the Captain Crunch roll was hot and fresh, the fish in the Lotus roll was stellar, the spicy mayo sauce had some kick and was yum-o.  I have nothing bad to say at all as it relates to the cuisine; we got what we paid for as it relates to quality vs. price.

The service was good; there weren't many people out on a cold weeknight and the waiters were always quick to fill up our water and bring out our dishes in a timely fashion.  

Would We Go Again?
Yes, we will be going again.  Don't ask stupid questions.

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