Is it possible to be a restaurant loyalist after one visit? Either way, I am Bamboo Sushi’s newest fan. The Ring of Fire roll is to blame – fried oysters, cucumber and chopped albacore (Marine Stewardship Council approved), topped with jalapeno marmalade, then seared and finished with fried shallot rings and yuzu juice. This is serious stuff from a place with a serious commitment to sustainability – that, amazingly, doesn’t take itself too seriously.
As the first certified sustainable sushi restaurant in the world, Bamboo Sushi’s business practices and menu are thoughtful and calculated. Their sleek dining room is complemented by friendly wait staff and a menu that reflects their attention to detail without letting it get to the prices.
The line I see spilling onto the sidewalk some nights is making sense now.
The sophisticated menu details the restaurant’s certifications in laymen’s terms and even provides a guide to sushi etiquette (see if your fellow diners use their chopsticks, ginger or wasabi properly). And, surprisingly, the low-lit dining room had a good balance of families the night we were there, with kids from 6 months to 10 years old enjoying rice, sushi rolls and KidSafe Seafood items featured on Bamboo Sushi’s menu.