My friend Masaki’s favorite hangout spot is a great sushi restaurant in San Francisco, Aka Tombo is its name. It is right in Japantown. A few months ago I mentioned to Masaki that it would be fun to see a “Tenkara Roll” in the menu of a Japanese restaurant.
Lo and behold, Aka Tombo may now be the first restaurant to offer said item in their menu! It seems like Masaki, the tenkara ambassador, convinced the sushi chef to create the item, especially for when you visit! The tenkara roll is simple; only salmon, salmon roe and cucumber are used. Masaki says, “it’s not exactly a roll but it’s a traditional ‘oshi zushi.’ I’m sure you will like it.”
Tomorrow night I’ll be heading there with Margaret and personally endorse the Tenkara Roll.
If you’re in San Francisco, Aka Tombo is located on 1737 Buchanan St., right across the street from the Japantown plaza.
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Personally, I’d like to enjoy tenkara fishing without being enmeshed in Japanese culture and cuisine. First there was tea. I’m skipping this blog entry and hoping for better later.
Thanks for the feedback Paul. Much appreciated and will keep that in mind for sure. Another reason I’m bringing Jason Klass to the mix as a contributor to the new blog (expected to roll next week). Sometimes I can’t help myself, but I’ll steer in the direction of more fishing, for sure.
I might have to come check you guys out there I’m house sitting in sabastabol all week
A SALMON tenkara roll? Ha ha.
Also, enter my vote for continuing coverage of Japanese culture. The post on fish rubbing art introduced me to something fascinating I didn’t even know existed.
I agree, a little mix of japanese culture is a nice thing. I feel it honors where tenkara came from and those teachers who have taught Daniel all they know.
I think the blog has a nice mix myself with majority always tenkara and a little human and fun side periodically splashed in.
The central theme will always be fishing, that you can be assured of.
Remember, this sushi is really not pure “Japanese culture.” I can even picture some ancestors frowning. But it’s really “us” – Western tenkara at its fun best, American cross-cultural, and just a enjoyable experience. Next time I’m in San Francisco I want to try the new Tenkara Roll. Maybe I can even convince Masaki to meet me if I promise to buy the sake.
Forgot to add the main thing: That Tenkara Roll looks delicious!!!