Dec 01, 2015 03:48PM
● By Dia
With dozens of red orbs dangling from the ceiling and a dance-music soundtrack pulsating through the air, the atmosphere at RA Sushi feels more like a club than a place that’s serious about sushi. But make no mistake; the upscale restaurant that rolled into Southlake’s Park Village is serving up some of the area’s most creative and artfully prepared sushi.
Open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and Sunday brunch, RA Sushi’s impressive eight-page menu appeals to both sushi novices and connoisseurs. There are dozens of sushi offerings, each one meticulously designed and presented. But if raw fish isn’t your thing, the restaurant also offers a few chicken and steak selections.
We started our meal with the Garlic Edamame, which was lightly lacquered in an Asian garlic butter sauce. It wasn’t overly oily like some edamame appetizers. We also crunched our way through an order of the “RA”ckin’ Shrimp. This tempura-battered goodness was expertly crispy, and when dipped into the accompanying ginger teriyaki sauce, the shrimp was divine.
For lunch, our group gravitated toward the Viva Las Vegas roll, a chewy mixture of crab and cream cheese rolled in rice and seaweed and then lightly tempura battered. A sweet eel sauce lifted this roll into a whole new realm of deliciousness.
The Spicy Chicken Teryiaki Udon was an appetizing choice for those in our party who preferred to steer clear of sushi. A departure from typical teriyaki dishes, this offering consisted of juicy slices of chicken nestled atop a bed of thick, al dente udon noodles. Spicy teriyaki sauce was artfully applied to the sides of the plate, making this dish as pleasing to view as it was to taste.
If you’re looking to mix things up for brunch, give RA Sushi a try. Its Sunday brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers our brunch-time favorite: bottomless drinks. But don’t expect to find the usual; the restaurant puts its unique twist on brunch-time beverages.
The Tokyo Bloody Mary is a wake-you-up mixture of Absolut Citron and Sho Chiku Bai Nigori Sake that’s shaken with crushed cucumber and a signature wasabi-infused Bloody Mary mix. The result is a perfectly balanced drink that pays homage to the classic but offers some Japanese flavor.
If sweet is more your speed, try the Ginger Mimosa. It’s made with sparkling wine and ginger orange juice. Both drinks are available by the glass, but let’s be real: Bottomless is the way to go for brunch.
Regardless of when you visit, you’re in for a feast of flavorful meals, innovative sushi and top-shelf cocktails. RA might be a trendy take on “raw,” but to us, it’s more of a cheer for the newest addition to Southlake’s sushi scene.
RA SUSHI BAR RESTAURANT
1131 E. Southlake Blvd. 817.601.9590 RASushi.com