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Jackson’s Surprising Sushi Selection

If I had to guess what might surprise out-of-towners most about Jackson’s dining scene, the abundance of sushi joints has to be near the top of the list. There are more than two dozen places in the metro where one can order sushi, and that’s not counting all the Asian buffets. (Of course, the vast majority of those shouldn’t be counted. Good buffet sushi is rare.)

With Jackson’s rather absurd preponderance of sushi providers per capita—I’m not complaining, mind you—making a choice about where to go and what to order can be a daunting task. So Eat Jackson is here with its first installment of a series designed to get good-tasting sushi in your tummy.

(Note: This is not a “best of” list. This particular writer doesn’t currently have deep enough pockets to taste every promising roll in Jackson to put together a definitive, or even a subjective definitive, list of “Jackson’s Top Sushi Rolls.” Think of this as more of a “Hey, Try These, They’re Good!” list.)

Now that all the disclaimers are out of the way, let’s get on to the fishies and rice!

The Tiger Roll at Edo

Sushi-Edo-TigerRollThe specs: The Tiger Roll consists of tuna and salmon inside, topped with tuna, salmon, and eel with masago, crunchy, and eel sauce.

The skinny: The roll tasted fine, but there was nothing exotic about the flavors. I have no problem with this, as tuna and salmon are my two go-to sushi flavors; unless the fish is bad, I’m probably going to like anything with tuna and/or salmon. What made this roll special was the sheer size of it. Each bite was huge. Unless you come with a big appetite, you may be satisfied with just the one roll. How many rolls can you say this about? Honestly, the only complaint I have about my visit is based on sheer aesthetics: The Tiger Roll looked absolutely nothing like it was depicted on the menu. I expect this kind of visual bait-and-switch at a fast-food joint, but not at a well-respected Japanese restaurant known for its sushi. At the end of the day, though, the quality and flavor of the food and the quality of service are the most important determining factors for me in deciding which restaurants to come back to. All of these things were present at Edo. I have heard some very good things about it, but this was my first visit since the “Haru” became “Edo.” I’ll go back, and I’ll eat more sushi.

Haru Incorporated on Urbanspoon
5834 Ridgewood Rd, Suite B
Jackson, MS 39211
(601) 899-8518

The Hokkaido Roll at Hokkaido

Sushi-HokkaidoThe specs: The Hokkaido Roll features chopped blue fin toro caviar, tempura flakes, scallion and asparagus, topped with tuna and truffle soy sauce.

The skinny: The fish was good, and the roll had a great all-around texture. My only complaint was the asparagus. I’m not huge on asparagus unless it’s grilled. I can already hear the peanut gallery: “Why’d you order it if it features an ingredient you knew you wouldn’t like?!” Well, I don’t hate asparagus. It gives the roll a great crunch, but the flavor was more pronounced than I expected. Everything else about it was great, though, and there was nothing wrong with the asparagus; I’m just not a fan. And the roll was beautiful. Seriously, just look at it. This is a place that knows how to plate sushi.

Summer Roll – a Surprise Find at Hokkaido

The specs: The Summer Roll is spicy tuna, cucumber, mango, honey, all topped with tuna and salmon.

The skinny: Okay, to be honest, this one was a surprise. I had decided to write about the Hokkaido Roll, but I was hungry and I needed something else to fill me up. As it turned out, the Summer Roll was not only my favorite of the two, but a new favorite, in general. I picked it because it had a unique combination of flavors, and I was not disappointed. Sushi is a cuisine that can lend itself to homogenization if one isn’t careful; throw the same few fish in different rolls over and over again, and eventually you’re going to run out of combinations. This one stood out for its spicy-and-sweet flavor combination. And again, great job on the presentation, Hokkaido. I’ve been before and I’ll come back for more. And I’ll recommend this roll, specifically, whenever the conversation shifts to sushi.

Hokkaido on Urbanspoon
1029 Highway 51 Suite D&E
Madison, MS 39110
(601) 856-1777

What’s your favorite sushi roll in Jackson? Let us know in the comments below!

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11 Responses to Jackson’s Surprising Sushi Selection

  1. Elizabeth Miller March 27, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    I have been to Edo many times , but I have yet to try the tiger roll. It seems to have a lot of items I enjoy eating. If you enjoy sushi, I would suggest the Titan roll, Fire roll, and also the Spicy Sea Roll. All are absolutely wonderful at Edo. I have never visited Hokkaido but I am looking forward to trying the summer roll. Thanks for the suggestions.

  2. Randy March 27, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Try the J&L Box at Sakura Bana, and get them to add Dynamite on top…

  3. JB March 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to give Hokkaido a try but I wasn’t sure if it was worth it or not. Osaka has an amazing roll called the tootsie roll. You’ve got to give it a try.

  4. Sally March 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    I love the Hawaiian roll at Hokkaido too

  5. Michael Whities March 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Where are these places? Why haven’t I known about these before? I’m definitely going to have to seek these places out and ret each and every sushi dish out!

  6. Leigh March 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    I love Jackson’s sushi selections! So many great choices!!

  7. Katherine March 29, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Definitely need to try these! We’re stuck in a pan Asia rut. 🙂

  8. J Cole March 29, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    My favorite Edo rolls are the fire roll and the red heart roll! Hard to beat!

  9. Stacie March 29, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    We love Hokkiado. We go at least once a week. I love the summer roll. Last night we went and tried the hokkiado roll!! It too was delicious. They have several yummy rolls!!

  10. K.R. March 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Can’t wait to try these places! Been looking for the best sushi since I moved to Jackson!

  11. Elizabeth miller March 29, 2013 at 11:36 pm #

    If you love in the Clinton area, Takara has pretty good sushi. Some of their rolls are fried, but if requested they will give you the same rolls as is. The candy roll was delicious (had it without being deep fried) and the standard rolls were great too. For the spicy lover, the pink lady was delicious. I definitely plan on visiting Takara again soon!

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