Eating good sushi for the first time is kind of like your first love
Think about it—you’re nervous at first, looking at that grubby little boy across the playground. Boys are icky, boys are weird, boys have cooties, but there’s just something about him in the Star Wars T-shirt that makes you flush with pleasure and maybe even think about the possibility of holding hands. Sushi is too scary for some people— raw meat, we are taught, is fundamentally icky, but there’s just something about that plate of slivered sashimi that looks beautifully inviting. As far as sushi restaurants go, Oishii Sushi, on Bardstown road across from the new Ear Xtacy is certainly my first and greatest love.
Let me begin with the greatest thing about Oishii: the rolls are HUGE. They are giant rolls with splashes of bright color, a carnival of pale green avocado, glistening fruits, and velvety raw salmon veined with pearly white, buttery yellowtail. Each roll is an expert combination of flavors, both aesthetic and tasteful; from the Aloha roll, covered in Kiwi; to the Volcano roll, an explosion of tuna, asparagus, and spicy crab. Everything is presented with flair and panache, with the air of a magician drawing a plate of delicately slivered sashimi from a top hat, or presenting a pair of luminous yellow quail eggs in a tangy sauce. The pièce de résistance of Oishii’s is the Happy Roll, an unexpected twist of fried shrimp, avocado, and strawberry slices.
If you go to Oishii you MUST order the Boston roll, if you are a fan of crab. I could probably live on it. Boston roll, happy roll, quail eggs and the spicy girl (tuna and jalapenos) are generally what the bunny and I order when we go, and we have huge appetites. A regular couple, (say one that did not have the emotional fortitude of a five hundred pound gainer with chocolate cravings and a thyroid problem) could probably simply order two rolls and a salad to share. Oishii is actually pretty well priced in general, averaging about ten bucks a roll. The service is often sub par, but the chefs work where you can see them which often makes for a fascinating experience. I won’t lie, it’s small, cramped, and often you have to wait for a table or sit at a crowded bar, but believe me when I say that the general experience is well worth it. Best sushi in Louisville, hands down.
It is really rare for first love to last but in this case for me, it has. Oishii was one of the first places Bunny took me to have sushi, about three years ago, long ago and far away. Since then we have celebrated anniversaries, valentine’s day, double dates, and basic date nights with visit to Oishii. We take our friends there, we spent about a thousand dollars together there over a six month period getting obscene amounts of takeout from Oishii to eat while watching True Blood and falling in love with one another. Bunny has never let me down, and neither has Oishii. Best man ever. Best sushi ever. Best first love ever.