Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Laguna Canyon Roll...

With its leafy headdress, the lettuce-spiked Laguna Canyon Roll is a visual banquet. Crispy fried noodles add the final touch to the rainforesty crown, and while it may look like a fine mess with its crumbling roof and sagging foundation underneath, the sauces save the day again, for this would otherwise be just a plain California Roll topped with seared fish and rabbit food. Spicy olive oil and soy vinegar sauce pool at the base of this one, an orange-colored oily sheen that sings in your mouth…go figure!

Not surprisingly, Miki is a former protégé of Nobu Matsuhisa, known for the famous namesake restaurant chain. But what Nobu may have invented, Miki perfected. Her outrageous creations don’t reflect Nobu’s simpler, streamlined style, but rather expand upon it. Her beachy, nature-oriented take on sushi is refreshing, and quite opposite of Nobu's trendy approach and upscale affectation.

Lest you forget the street address, it’s in the name! 242 Café Fusion Sushi is located at 242 N. Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. It is open only for dinner from 5:30 to 10pm, Monday through Saturday. Miki also has another location at 2201 Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach, appropriately called Sushi Gallery Miki.

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