Snappy Sushi (formerly Shino Express)
Newbury St., Boston

Tuna roll
Salmon roll
Cucumber roll
Philadelphia roll
Tuna Gone Wild

Tuna, salmon, cucumber, Philly roll (smoked salmon with cream cheese, for those of you who are unfamiliar) — pretty much our usual selection. I avoid the tuna and salmon rolls and leave those for DH (Dear Hubby), because I don’t like the texture. But I always get the cucumber rolls, because I love them. They have almost no effect on the palate, so they are all about texture (and soy sauce). This time the cucumber was cut chunky, which was a nice change from the usual matchstick-sized cucumber.

We do usually get a fifth choice to split, so there is always much debate. Last time we went we got Spicy Shrimp Tempura roll, because I was craving. This time DH picked, and he picked the Tuna Gone Wild roll (he wanted the fancy crispy eel roll, but I made a face):

Tuna Gone Wild
torched white tuna, avocado, cucumber, radish sprouts, green leaf, ginger and wild sesame with Snappy Sushi’s special marinated yuzu flavored miso sauce

It was much sweeter than I was expecting — for some reason, I expected something more savory than sweet. The interplay of texture was interesting: soft blowtorched fish on the top of the outside of the roll, with cold crispy greens inside. I’m not a huge fan of raw fish, avocado, or ginger, but I think I would order this again. The hardest part was deciding which direction to eat the sushi from — fish up? fish to the side? fish head-on? I finally decided: fish up, the same orientation as it is presented on the plate. This is one fancy roll for which the direction you eat it from changes the taste experience.

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