In our Lunching in Little Rock blog series, Michael Kirkpatrick will explore and review the city’s best restaurants – all in time to get back to the office. This week, Michael ate lunch at Sushi Cafe in Little Rock. Click here to read more in this series. Photo courtesy of Sushi Cafe.
This morning I woke up to the chill of an early fall. With the cooler weather comes duck season, and with duck season comes time away from my wife and money spent on things she doesn’t understand, like duck leases. This topic has to be approached with extreme caution and strategy. Preferably, the conversation happens in a public place. Knowing that my wife is sophisticated, distinguishing and loves sushi, I decide to breach this sensitive subject with her at the always-wonderful Sushi Café in The Heights.
Leigh and I have frequented Sushi Café ever since we started dating. Many of the faces are familiar, welcoming, and the service is top notch. The interior is like the food, east-west modern fusion. We often like to sit at the bar and watch the masters at work, but today we picked a quiet booth in the corner. The lunch crowd is there and beautifully constructed plates of sushi pass us by, each looking like its own special work of art. We immediately order drinks and edamame to get things started. The perfectly steamed and salted pea pods always taste so fresh. The restaurant also has a spicy version that I’m usually too chicken to get.
Leigh ordered a sushi lunch special called the Pokemon, which consisted of two large spicy rolls with special sauces, and a side salad with the restaurant’s signature ginger dressing. Sometimes I think she only wants to eat there for the ginger dressing, but it is appealing and topped with crispy wontons. The sushi plate quickly outdid the salad. It was perfectly arranged to intensify the dining experience and appetite. I chose the lunch bento box, which gave me a wide variety of harmonizing flavors. Fried rice, crispy cream cheese wontons, spring rolls, a California roll, thinly sliced ribeye steak with a sweet glaze sauce and several other tasty treats were included. Both meals left us more than full and satisfied.
Whether you have a sensitive subject to address or just want the best sushi in town, Sushi Café should be your destination this week. (And FYI, Leigh agreed to the duck lease.)