May 07, 2013 09:29AM
● By Style
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Flavor and fresh ingredients are keys to Japanese cuisine and at locally owned Taiko Sushi, that’s exactly what you get.
Located in the Broadstone Marketplace, the restaurant is tucked away in the northwest corner, near the burbling fountain.
Ambiance is limited: It is one of many stucco buildings and inside the walls are bare. These shortcomings, however, do not seem to dampen the award-winning joint’s popularity. On the day of my visit, a Sunday afternoon, a number of families were chowing down in the eatery’s booths. (For singletons and duos, bar seating is available.)
Upon sitting down, my gal pal and I were promptly treated to complimentary and tasty, tofu-filled miso soup. To start, we ordered BBQ albacore, which arrived with six plump pieces of tuna, atop a bed of radish shavings. This appetizer packs a spicy kick, but can be neutralized with teriyaki sauce.
For entrées, we sought to try dishes outside of our go-to’s, which proved challenging as the menu was filled with pages of food art. My girlfriend opted for the Catalina roll, which she described as “a California roll, with a little something extra.” That “something extra” was a garnish of salmon sashimi and a lemon slice. This zesty roll is perfect for finicky eaters as it‘s without sauce or tobiko (fish roe). I chose the sushi kaeseki bento box, allowing me to sample a few crowd-pleasers. In the box, which could easily feed two, were six pieces of nigiri (fileted fish and shrimp over a mound of sticky rice), veggie and shrimp tempura, a side salad, six California roll pieces and an orange slice (along with a side bowl of rice!). A stunning color palette of silver and corals, the delectable nigiri included fine cuts of yellowtail, mackerel, albacore, salmon, shrimp and halibut. To sweeten our afternoon, we finished off with a serving of mango mochi.
Despite Taiko Sushi’s lackluster digs, the food quality attests to its faithful following. We left stuffed and beyond satiated. Sunday sushi might be a new tradition of mine!
Taiko Sushi, 2700 East Bidwell, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-817-8525, taikosushi.com.