Bacon, eggs, and…sushi? Yes, that is correct. And you can now find all three on your plate at all RA Sushi locations in the Valley for Sunday Brunch. If you’re looking for something a little different than the typical eggs benedict or French toast breakfast, the new brunch menu at RA Sushi offers food items that will help you change up your usual Sunday Fundays.
First, if you are anything like me, edamame is a must-order when I walk into a sushi restaurant. What I was pleasantly surprised to discover on RA’s menu is the Garlic Edamame. The edamame is first steamed then woked in a house-made garlic butter sauce and tossed with togarashi. After tasting this, I do not want to eat edamame any other way! And luckily, the Garlic Edamame is available on their regular menu and can be ordered whenever.
On the brunch menu, you will find entrees like unique maki rolls with bacon sprinkled throughout to Japanese-themed sliders with buns made of crispy rice. If you have enjoyed the fried rice balls on RA’s Crispy Spicy Tuna from their regular menu, then you will love the crunch in the sliders, which you can order with either chicken katsu or Japanese sausage. My two most favorite items from the menu are the Bloody Mary Roll and the Tamagoyaki. As per the name, the Bloody Mary Roll has everything that would go in the cocktail: shrimp, crispy bacon, celery, asparagus, tomato, cucumber, and served with Sriracha mayonnaise. And the Tamagoyaki is a soft baked egg sitting atop bacon fried rice and topped with a soy butter sauce, green onions, and crumbled bacon. There is a little sweetness in the soy butter sauce drizzled that I think complements the umami flavor of the bacon very well. The great part about this menu is that the plates come out in sharable portions, which makes it much easier to order several items and try a little bit of everything.
In addition to new food items, RA Sushi offers new cocktails specifically for brunch. You will notice familiar brunch staples but with a Ra twist, such as the ginger mimosa made with sparkling wine and ginger-infused orange juice. My personal favorite is the Samurai Shandy that takes Kirin Ichiban and mixed the beer with muddled oranges, Absolut Mandarin, and orange liqueur. I like that the Shandy is not very sweet at all and drinks like a Blue Moon white ale with all the orange in it. And what is a brunch without bloody marys? Two kinds of bloody marys are offered during brunch. But for the perfect brunch pairing, you can order the Bloody Mary Duo. This pairs the delicious Bloody Mary Roll from with the Premium Blood Mary. This wasabi-infused cocktail starts with Ketel One Vodka, Sho Chiku Bai Nigori Sake and crushed cucumber, then garnished with one of the most artistic skewer of shrimp, bacon, celery and asparagus wrapped in a cucumber and pinned with an olive and tomato. The glass is rimmed with togarashi spice that kicks the heat up another notch just perfectly.
Now although the brunch menu does not offer a sweet entrée, I found the Banana Split Maki from the dessert menu to be a comparable alternative, if not a lighter option, for anyone looking for a fruity, sweet start to their Sunday. It certainly satisfied my sweet tooth and was a refreshing finishing to a great brunch.
The brunch concept was first rolled out in September at the RA Sushi Old Town Scottsdale and Miami locations. Since November, the new menu has been adopted by all RA Sushi locations and you can enjoy it on Sundays from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Their lunch and dinner menus are available during that time as well. For more information, head on over to your local Ra Sushi or visit their website: http://www.rasushi.com