Taking sushi to the next level with creativity and superb ingredients at Sushi Sakana

By Pamela Brownstein
I absolutely adore sushi. Since my first California roll at a little Japanese restaurant in New Jersey, I have been

The staff, including Chef Choy, right, and his wife and restaurant manager, Monica.

hooked. I love to try new combinations, and the rolls at Sushi Sakana are not only innovative and beautifully presented, but they taste so wonderful.

Kani Salad made with seaweed salad, crab masago, cucumbers and avocado.

Owner Monica is vivacious and friendly and goes out of her way to make sure her customers are satisfied. She served the Lunch Bunch so many amazing dishes, I was in sushi heaven.
We started with a Kani salad, which is layers of cucumbers, seaweed salad, crab masago and avocados. It was so light, and each bite was different and delightful, it’s a great summer dish.
Then Monica brought out her signature item: The Birthday Roll that comes wrapped in foil with a slight flame underneath. The foil opens to reveal a warm roll with crab, cream cheese and topped with spicy mayo sauce — your taste buds will be celebrating.
We sampled a spicy fried salmon roll with avocado, eel sauce and spicy mayo sauce, that Nikki really enjoyed, even though she doesn’t like salmon!
Next there was the Stacey roll with shrimp tempura, crab, red snapper and avocado; as

The beautiful Birthday Roll is revealed.

well as the baked Beverly roll.
Then we were treated to the elaborate Richard roll: cream cheese, crab and avocado on the inside, topped with salmon, mozzarella cheese, sweet cheese, eel sauce and spicy mayo sauce, then baked. Talk about tasty! My favorite was the Ted roll that is made with a whole soft shell crab.
The restaurant is celebrating three years this month, so in honor of the anniversary, they are having a half-price sushi special from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. from August 6-11.
Sushi Sakana is located at 860 Parris Island Gateway, in the BiLo shopping center. They are open for lunch Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Call 843-379-5300.

The Stacey Roll and the Beverley Roll, and a decorative tree made from tempura.
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