As I mentioned in Part 1, shortly after my lunch visit, Roddy arranged an omakase dinner for DH and I. Ogawashi advertises on their menu that they offer omakase dinners starting at a price point of $45 per person.
There are several sushi chefs working the bar, each with their own style. We had Chef Matt, and one of his many talents is his hand carved vegetable and fruit decorations. I have to say, this was one of the most beautifully meal presentations we’ve ever experienced, thanks to the fruit and vegetable carvings, which Chef Matt had done in advance earlier in the day. Each plate was prettier than the next and I only wish I had better lighting to capture the details of some of the carvings.
Rather than go into detail about each dish, this post will mainly share the photos of all our dishes and I’ll share my general thoughts about the meal at the end of the post.
Pickled gingers and vegetables
Imitation Crab and Cucumber Salad
Sashimi Boat (Hamachi, salmon, tuna)
Yup, that’s right.
I made pizza donuts. Last year I made pizza cupcakes and now I bring you pizza donuts.
I wasn’t really trying to invent another pizza recipe to top the cupcake one, but these just sort of happened. It started off when I made the deep fried pizza balls, which used pizza dough. But of course when one thinks of fried dough, my mind immediately turns to donuts.
Ogawashi is a sushi restaurant that opened in downtown San Diego a few months ago. Normally I don’t pay much attention to ones that open in downtown as they tend to be overpriced, loud and primarily offer sushi roll driven menus.
Ogawashi mainly caught my attention because Roddy of Rodzilla Reviews was helping promote the restaurant and I trust his taste in sushi. In addition to offering many rolls, featuring handcrafted cocktails, Ogawashi also has a sushi bar which offers omakase meals.
My first visit was a quick lunch visit with CC of Pink Candles at Ridgemont High so that we could exchange some holiday presents. Like many places in downtown, Ogawashi offers a special lunch menu as well as a 10% discount on all rolls during lunch.
While Ogawashi is located in downtown, it’s a little bit outside of the busiest section and almost seems out of place with the surrounding convenience and clothing stores. I actually walked right past it at first even though once I spotted it, I’m not sure how I missed it with its large sign and absolutely humongous door. Inside, there is a general seating area, a bar dedicated to drinks, a sushi bar, and an upstairs reserved for private parties. The general dining area is also equipped with purple fluorescent lights which really messed with my photos but people seem to like them.
After much perusing, CC and I decided to split two rolls and share an appetizer.
I love eating Japanese seaweed salad even though it does seem to glow green. This was a good amount for the price.
Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice Roll
I spotted the crispy rice roll on the menu and immediately wanted to order it. Small chunks of rice are deep fried, creating a crunchy exterior, and a compact, dense and chewy interior. The rice is then topped with whatever topping chosen, in this case, spicy tuna. I’ve had these crispy rice rolls before and always want to order it. DH has never enjoyed it, but CC really liked it, so I’m glad I could share it with someone who likes this.
It reminds me a lot of the fried rice I used to eat as a kid and love, which is cooked in a manner so that some of the rice is left to cook a little longer than necessary on the bottom of the pan, letting the rice crisp up and become crunchy and chewy. It’s a similar effect with Japanese kettle cooked rice or the Korean stone pot cooked rice (bibimbap).