You’ll find Squid Ink Sushi in Peoria, Phoenix or Scottsdale, which is where we ended up last week on a Friday. The restaurant is nice and open, giving you a peek into the kitchen and of course, into what the sushi chefs are doing. We sat in one of the middle booths but their great patio would now be beckoning us with this perfect weather.
We delved right into ordering because we brought quite an appetite and started with the potstickers. Nice sized pork dumplings with a slightly crisp outside, chilling in a tiger sauce, calmed our hunger a bit.
Out next we my favorite roll of the night, the Tahoe, a roll filled with soft shell crab and fresh avocado. It was topped with a creamy mound of spicy crab, drizzled with a bit of sweet eel sauce and sweet masago sauce and finished with some crunchy bits of macadamia nut. Some serious good stuff right here, I would have eaten it all but I was trying to save room for the rest of our rolls and dessert.
The Dirty Rockstar and Flying Phoenix came next. I really enjoyed all the spice the Dirty Rockstar brought to my palate. Filled with spicy tuna, habanero, avocado and topped with big eye tuna, fresh jalapeno, a bit of sweet chili sauce and a spicy aioli. The Flying Phoenix is a popular order, which is why we gave it a try. It was stuffed with shrimp tempura, spicy crab and avocado and topped with some tuna tataki and black pepper sauce. We also had a California roll which my son finished off at home. Did I mention my son is 4 and a half and while he was eating it stated that this was the best sushi he had ever had. I would say being kid approved is pretty huge and he loved the rest of the Flying Phoenix too. He can’t wait to go back and get more (neither can we!).
The Sushi Chef surprised us and sent over something from the specials, the sesame halibut sashimi. Wow! Now this was my favorite from the entire meal, the halibut was like butter and it paired perfectly with the ponzu sauce and sesame oil that it sat on top of and the garlic chips added a nice burst of texture and flavor to each bite. Don’t overlook the specials of the night or you might miss out like we almost did.
For dessert (even though our bellies were about to burst) we had to try the Hawaiian Bread Pudding. Best bread pudding I’ve had in awhile. The bread was cooked perfectly with macadamia nuts and sat alongside some vanilla ice cream, which was melting into the praline sauce and there was a touch of orange zest to finish the whole thing off. I’m drooling right now!
Head over there tonight for some happy hour goodness, they have it daily from 3-7pm.
7318 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260