3 New Local Sushi Restaurants & What to Order at Each

Once, twice, three times the sushi.

1) Kawa Sushi

The second location of Kawa Sushi (2321 N. Murray Ave., 414-800-7979) is hipper and more noodly than its North Shore sister. Raw and cooked Japanese dishes get equal play, including four kinds of ramen.

The tempura (apps start at $5) is light and crisp, the gyoza al dente ($5), with a deliciously salty dipping
sauce. Like it raw? Order the 19-piece sashimi deluxe with rice ($24). Mmm.

2) Hungry Sumo

Hunker down at the sushi bar inside Hungry Sumo (2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 414-595-9656), nod hello to the sushi chefs and get down to some raw business. Sumo’s food artists, led by co-owner Thitichai “Jif” Rukchon, make a variety of maki, classic and contemporary.

You can’t go wrong with a simple spicy tuna maki ($6.95), but there are some dynamite fancy maki, such as Black Tokyo (with black rice, spicy shrimp and jalapeno topped with super-white tuna, $14.95) and Very Crunchy ($11.95), a deep-fried whole roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, crab and avocado).

3) Sushi Go!

In a tiny strip mall co-occupied by Starbucks, Sushi Go! (2110 E. Oklahoma Ave., 414-333-5565) specializes in the trend-setting sushi burrito – or sushirrito! All that separates the burrito from a seaweed nori roll is its larger size and shape.

Sushi Go, which started as a food truck in 2015, has expanded its truck operation to sunny digs offering happy-hour mini sushi burritos, two kinds of ramen (plus a daily ramen special) and a full drink menu. You’ll need no additional sides when you order this wrap.

Props also to the flavorful, filling Tuna-Geddon ($14), whose plentiful, fresh yellowtail and ahi tuna go smashingly with cucumber, avocado, green onion, rice, tobiko and soy-wasabi glaze. ◆

Tips for Going Raw:

  • Sushi was created as finger food. Feel free to ditch the chopsticks and eat using your hands.
  • Mixing wasabi with soy sauce is considered poor form in Japan. Try dabbing wasabi directly on the fish.
  • Open wide! Each piece of sushi is meant to be eaten in one bite.

‘Suddenly Sushi’ appears in the February 2018 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Ann Christenson has covered dining for Milwaukee Magazine since 1997. She was raised on a diet of casseroles that started with a pound of ground beef and a can of Campbell's soup. Feel free to share any casserole recipes with her.