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Sake Tumi - New Flavors All Rolled Up!

With Sushi becoming the craze a few years ago and so far not dying down, I had to throw something out there about Sake Tumi. This contemporary Japanese and Korean restaurant located in the heart of downtown on Milwaukee Street is an excellent choice if you want to satisfy your sushi craving!

If you are a sushi lover or looking to try for the first time, I have a few recommendations. First off, before you go, be sure to visit Sake Tumi's website and sign up for their E-mail Group. If you do, the owner will promptly send you a coupon for a free appetizer (an $8 value). If you don't happen to get your coupon immediately, the staff is so accommodating you should be able to politely inform them that you signed up and did not receive the coupon. If you have the same experience as me they should take your name and provide you with your free appetizer.
When it comes time to order, don't be intimidated by the extensive menu - feel free to try the following under Specialty Makis:

The Godzilla is tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumber, scallions, cream cheese, tobiko, sriracha and tempura flakes served with unagi sauce and wasabi mayo drizzled on top.
The Wasabi mayo provides a little kick of spice, but is quickly calmed by the avocado, cucumber and cream cheese. I would highly recommend this roll for someone who is still new to the sushi game, but feels the need to venture past your traditional California Roll.

The Sexy Scallop is ideal for the palette that loves the crispy seafood texture yet in a sushi roll. This is a wonderful dish that consists of panko scallops, cream cheese, avocado and tempura flakes served with wasabi mayo and thin egg wraps over the top.
You won't be bothered by much spice in this dish as compared with the Godzilla, but the warm consistency of the scallops and creamy texture of the cream cheese and mayo combination will have you reaching for another bite before you can swallow the last.

Now, for all the spice fans, I don't think you should pass up the Kai Fire! This amazing dish is tempura salmon, avocado, cucumber, scallions, daikon sprouts, tobiko and tempura flakes served with sriracha and wasabi mayo drizzled on top.
This may sound quite similar to the other dishes when it comes to avocado, cucumbers, scallions, etc, but the key here is the Sriracha (or Rooster sauce as some of you may know it).
You can control the spice to an extent depending on if you choose to mop up some of the Sriracha sauce with your sushi roll before eating, which I think is the best way to enjoy all of the flavors. If a picture is really worth a thousand words, I should end right here with the photo.

But leave some room because I have one more recommendation for you. If you aren't full yet or maybe you are with a large group and you find yourself looking for one more roll to share, don't worry.
Another favorite selection of mine is the Caterpillar. This roll is made of snow crab, avocado, masago and cucumber on the inside and unagi and avocado on the outside served with wasabi mayo and unagi sauce. It has an excellent flavor combination of all super-fresh tasting ingredients. The combination of flavorful crab with the avocado and cucumber is extremely light, yet still satisfying.
A little word of caution on this dish though. I would advise not serving this to someone that is new to sushi and still trying to figure out if they are a fan or not. The unagi sauce on the outside translates to eel and masago on the inside means smelt. I absolutely loved the flavors, but someone new to sushi might take issue with the somewhat chewy consistency. So if you order this for a beginner, be sure to have a steady supply of edamame on hand to cleanse the palette.

Overall, Sake Tumi is an excellent escape from some of the ordinary restaurants in Milwaukee and a unique place to expand your horizons and sample the Japanese and Korean flavors that have been absent from the Milwaukee scene in the past


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