By Matt Starlight
With the rise of sushi prominence in Baton Rouge, it’s no surprise that Japanese joints are stepping up their game. If other sushi places are reading this, or any restaurateurs while we’re at it, let Rock-n-Sake’s Margarita Roll be an example of how to fuse together two completely separate culinary identities for a unique and delicious experience.
Sweet and spicy, light and filling, the Margarita Roll somehow embodies a little bit of the Mexican spirit in a Japanese roll and pulls it off with flying colors.
Rock-n-Sake itself is a beauty to behold. Deep, dark wood adorns most of the interior with existential art hanging on the walls to keep your eyes plenty busy while you wait for the food to come out. And if it’s a nice day, they’ve got a quaint patio right out the front door with lime green umbrellas and comfortable chairs to take in the sun. Inside, they have a concrete bartop from which you can watch the sushi chefs roll their intricate delicacies.
Order the Margarita Roll and you’re in for an unexpected experience. Eight rolls are presented on a rectangular, black slab along with a few pieces of avocado, ginger, wasabi, a dipping bowl of soy sauce, and a spread of ponzu sauce, which complements the rolls spectacularly. The sushi is centered on a juicy piece of tuna, accompanied by a slice of asparagus, and some delicious snow crab, all wrapped in a soy paper. On top of that, you’ll find fresh yellowtail, a thin slice of lime, a hint of sea salt, and a date of sriracha.
The thought of putting a piece of lime on a sushi roll may seem a bit off, but give it a shot. It’s just enough of a flavor kick not to take over
the roll, but give a hint of airy citrus to a usually salty dish.
If you’re craving some new rolls that may just surprise you, check out Rock n Sake and give the Margarita Roll your undivided attention.