This one's for sushi lovers out there. How do you feel about restaurants that are decidedly not Japanese yet add sushi to their repertoire?
I'm not talking about r. Normans/Seven Sushi because Seven is a separate entity. It's not about operators opening a different concept; that happens all the time. I'm talking about places such as Crave in Edina, places that have a Mediterranean-, American-, or European-influenced menu and also have a sushi bar.
The first time I was at Crave, just after my friend ordered BBQ ribs and I ordered a creamy Gorgonzola pasta entrée, the server asked if we would like to start out with some sushi. That just grossed me out. It seemed such a disconnect to be excited for comfy, thick, and creamy and to contemplate something raw and acidic. The thought of it all dueling out in my belly made me nauseated.
Am I weird? When I go out for sushi, I go out to a sushi restaurant. It's a destination meal, one that requires sake, sometimes edamame, maybe a Sapporo, always gomae. It means that night, I'm using chopsticks, not a fork. I just can't figure it as an appetizer before a meal with cream or tomatoes or bacon. And it seems odd to be chomping on my raw fish when plates of pasta, pizza, or burgers go whipping by. I'm not saying their sushi isn't any good; to be fair, I wouldn't know.
But there must be some success, because tonight Fhima's Zahtar opens in the old Martini Blu space with sushi chef Chano Bustamante on the ticket.