There are sushi houses on about every corner in Orlando. I feel like 95% percent of them are all the same- a basic menu of salmon, tuna and shrimp tempura rolls. There are a few exceptions- Izziban Sushi and RA Sushi Bar being two of those, and then there is Hand Roll Sushi in the Metrowest neighborhood of Orlando. The menu is not only traditional rolled sushi, but there is also a selection of sushi tacos and hand rolls, also known as temaki.
Temaki takes the starring role here, nori wrapped in a large cone shape stuffed with ingredients similar to that of a sushi roll. I ordered the Salmon Skin Temaki and it was amazing. The roll was stuffed with rice, salmon skin tempura and eel sauce. I enjoyed it so much that I ended up ordering a second one.
Mr. Beet and I both started with a salad which really was nothing special- just a handful of lettuce and cucumbers drizzled with ginger sauce.
We also shared a Vegetarian Roll – carrots, cucumbers and cream cheese wrapped in nori and rice. The sushi roll itself was decent, the same as most places.
However, in addition to the temaki, Hand Roll Sushi also has a great selection of tacos. Anything that can be made into a roll or temaki can also be turned into a taco. In our case we kept it simple with the Salmon and Cream Cheese Taco and the Tuna Taco. The combination of the crunchy shells and fresh fish was unexpected and refreshing.
Hand Roll Sushi is definitely worth a visit when a craving of sushi hits. However, just be mindful of what you are ordering, everything is a la carte and your bill can add up pretty quickly. But you will want to save room for a few of those Temakis. 4 out of 5 sprouts.