In keeping with the tropical theme, the Pacific Roll was a spicy mix of albacore, cilantro, jalapeno and cucumber rolled in an avocado strip and topped with mango salsa. Red beet tempura bits and sauteed cashew nuts are sprinkled over top. Bright and refreshing, I could definitely see myself enjoying this roll on a hot summer day.
"RA"ckin' Roll features the restaurant's "RA"ckin' shrimp (which is on the starters menu and can be ordered as a separate dish). For the roll, kani kama crab and cream cheese are rolled in rice and seaweed, lightly tempura battered and topped with guacamole and the aforementioned shrimp. If that wasn't enough, it's finished with a creamy ginger teriyaki dipping sauce, red beet tempura, and togarashi. A somewhat cumbersome bite, but my favorite of the four rolls, with flavors that were the most balanced and complex.
Finally, the Tropical Roll was cucumber, mango, and avocado, rolled and topped with spinach tempura bits and spicy shrimp mixed with masago, and a side of mango salsa.
RA Sushi bills itself as "Sushi-Bar-Restaurant," and I think that's key. While maybe not a go-to destination for serious sushi connoisseurs, RA provides a fun and lively atmosphere in which to enjoy a range of very good cocktails, interesting sake, and a diverse selection of sushi and other Japanese-style offerings to suit a wide range of palates. Don't miss the Happy Hour!
1390 Lancaster Street
Baltimore, MD 21231