By Anni Caporuscio
Let’s be honest. Japanese food, to the uninitiated, is a mysterious event.
It’s beautiful, almost heartbreakingly so, and then you chomp it all up but you don’t really know what it is.
And for my whole life I’ve been OK with that.
I eat for color and texture and temperature. I applaud the showmanship of the chef with his clever use of knife and torch. I test my own dexterity with chopsticks, making little dangerous decisions about how to get the food actually into my mouth.
It’s a full-sensory visceral experience. A sushi night has everything: danger, mystery, beauty, flare.
Sushi Bushido arranged an exquisite meal for us, proving their flexibility, from cooked fish to raw sashimi layered into roses — I didn’t even know that was possible — and savoir-faire with flavor.
Every plate contained opposite combinations of tastes that kept me guessing. I was impressed. It is a learning experience for the beginner, but it’s not pedestrian at all — they offer a sexy and full meal, a must-try for light, healthy yet complex, summer dining.
Sushi Bushido is at the Dragon Building in Old Kapa‘a Town, at 4504 Kukui Street. They’re open for dinner every night, and for lunch Monday to Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Live music is on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Visit www.sushibushido.com or call 822-0664 for more information.
- Anni Caporuscio is a food lover and can be found daily at her Kapa‘a business, Small Town Coffee.