Our weekly bite explores the city's food trucks, one at a time, highlighting our favorite mobile dishes and snacks.
The Truck: We Sushi
The Cuisine: Japanese-California rolls and bowls
Specialty Items: Deep-fried rolls and chirashi sushi rice bowls
Worth the Wait in Line? On an overcast day, it was a total 10 minutes from the end of the line to food in hand.
The very nature of sushi, and the consumption of raw fish, inspires some inherent mistrust in certain situations. Discounted late night sushi at a 7-11? Probably not a great idea. While your risk-adverse brain (it is just doing its job) may categorize sushi off a food truck at a similar risk level, We Sushi surprised us with the freshness of the fish, portions, and value.
The menu of rolls, including sushi "burritos" dominates half of the menu, along with deep fried items like their popular Lobster Crunch ($8, lobster salad, cucumber, avocado, yuba aka tofu skin). Tossed in a tobiko spiked dressing, the nice chunks of lobster meat and veggies get wrapped in yuba, coated in tempura batter, and deep-fried. While it was crunchy, generously portioned, and a nice combination of ingredients, it's a dish best reserved for those days with an open calendar, i.e., able to sneak a nap under your desk.
The simple beauty of the Chirashi ($9.50, assorted sashimi and vegetables, sushi rice) bowl seemed to highlight the freshness of the fish the best. A warm bed of seasoned sushi rice with just enough sweet-salty-tangy flavor contrasted nicely with the large slabs of salmon, hamachi, albacore, and what we guessed was probably snapper (we forgot to ask), a small tangle of some amazing seaweed salad fragrant with sesame oil, cucumber batons, and the usual ginger and wasabi. While we wished the fish came sliced thinner and in bite-sized pieces, the fish was fresh, and the price amazing for the portions. A spicy version is also available, though the fish is chopped and mixed with a spicy mayo sauce; not quite as light or visual striking.
A filling-yet-revitalizing meal is a rare feat for food truck fare, but like Liba Falafel's wonderful salads, We Sushi's chirashi manages to expand your food truck options to something delicious you won't feel bad about eating.