A dazzling array of delicious sushi combinations designed to delight at Sushi Sakana

By Pamela Brownstein

For sushi lovers, there are few places that can satisfy that craving for fresh seafood and rolls like Sushi Sakana, located off Parris Island Gateway in the Bi-Lo shopping center in Port Royal.

Sakana leaf appetizer
Sakana leaf appetizer

The Lunch Bunch started with the Sakana Leaf appetizer, which has a beautiful presentation on a glass platter with colorful drizzling of special sauce and shaped like a flower. The spicy crab, shrimp and tuna combination on the inside is surrounded by large pieces of avocado. It was so amazing that Irene and I couldn’t even wait to use our chopsticks — we used our forks, and still couldn’t get enough of this dish. It was seriously delicious.

Our second appetizer was the Salmon Tartar, which was light and wonderful.

A trip to Sushi Sakana would not be complete without trying one of their warm rolls, which comes wrapped in foil with the flame still going underneath when it is brought to your table. We were treated to the elaborate Lowcountry Roll that includes crab and white tuna tempura on the

A trio of specialty rolls: Johnny Roll, Sam and Jam Roll, the Police Roll.
A trio of specialty rolls: Johnny Roll, Sam and Jam Roll, the Police Roll.

inside and is topped with salmon, mozzarella and cheddar cheese and special sauce. This roll just melts in your mouth with goodness.

When our server brought out a trio of specialty rolls — the Johnny, the Police, and the Sam and Jam — our eyes lit up because they looked so tempting.

The Johnny Roll packs a punch with spicy tuna, jalapeños, avocado, cream cheese, torched salmon and eel sauce.

The Police Roll has shrimp tempura, bacon, cream cheese and avocado and is topped with eel sauce, potato sticks and crushed almonds. For those, like me, who love a good crunch, this roll rocks.

Lowcountry roll
Lowcountry roll

The Sam and Jam tastes like dessert with a unique combination of shrimp tempura, cream cheese, apples, fried bananas and topped with mango, eel sauce and a dusting of crushed almonds. The unexpected sweetness of the banana and the fresh, bright tropical flavor of the mango create an outstanding roll that you won’t soon forget.

Kudos to the owners and staff for their culinary creativity and friendly service.

Sushi Sakana is at 860 Parris Island Gateway, Suite C-1, Port Royal. It is open Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Call 843-379-5300 for take-out.

The friendly and talented staff at Sushi Sakana.
The friendly and talented staff at Sushi Sakana.
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