Azumi (Baltimore, MD)

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How was the feeling when you first tried something raw?  No, I’m not talking about the vegetables you first tried at the age of 18 years old, because your parents didn’t love you enough to make you eat them while you were growing up.  (I’m kidding, well.. maybe) I’m talking about the time you succumbed to temptation.  The time where you ignored your D.A.R.E. t-shirt.  (I don’t do drugs)  The time where you said “f*** it” and just tried something new?  Well, I just want to let you know trying something new maybe one of the best decisions you’ll ever do.  It gives you the ability to actually tell someone you don’t like something and the reason why.  Granted, if you’re growing you owe no one an explanation, but just for the sake of developing and continuing relationships you’ll explain why you don’t like something.  I first tried sushi as an adult, which I was excited to try because of it being raw and something new, but I’m slightly disappointed that I waited so long to try it.


I decided to try this restaurant that’s known for sushi in Baltimore that overlooks the water.  Before I go any further, fish isn’t supposed to smell fishy.  So, if you have a piece of fish in front of you that smells fishy, please return it.  Okay, moving on…  If you’re looking for a restaurant with an awesome view then this is the place for you.  I chose this restaurant because I seen pictures of it on my explore page on Instagram.  I figured this was a sign for me to get to this place and try it in a hurry.  As I write this post, I’m thinking how the hell am I going to describe what sushi taste like?  Usually I start off with describing the interior, which is beautiful, quaint, and has a relaxing feeling.  Today, I’m going to jump right into the main event which was the sushi spread I had.  I couldn’t wait to talk about how fresh the fish was and how filled I felt after devouring the plate.  I also couldn’t wait to talk about the sushi because I would forget how to describe how everything tasted.


I’m going to start off with the Sashimi which is raw fish without rice.  Pictured from left to right ending in the middle we have Mackerel, Yellow Tail, Bluefin Tuna, Octopus, Salmon (leave out the L when you pronounce it please) I have the attention span of a three year old so here’s a quick background on Salmon.  Well, “Samon,” the “l” is silent as I stated. It comes from the French route word “saumon” or something like that I believe.  After the 15th century they decided to change it to match more of the Latin route of the word “salmo.” However, the remnants of the old French word’s pronunciation (saumon) remains and thus that is why we have “salmon” pronounced without the “l.”  As we move on, we also have Japanese Snapper, and Flounder in the middle, to the left of the octopus. At the bottom what you see is Nigiri which was ordered, it is pronounced ‘Nihgeeree’. It is a raw piece of fish accompanied with white rice.  The Nigiri that was ordered was the Tuna, Salmon, Yellowtail, Snapper, Makerel, Shrimp, and Eel.


I’m going to describe the sushi to the best of my ability.  Mackerel, is as an oily fish, which is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. The flesh of mackerel spoils quickly, and can cause scombroid food poisoning. Accordingly, it should be eaten on the day of capture, unless properly refrigerated or cured.  Yellowtail is a young fish but very buttery in taste and texture.  Bluefin Tuna, the flavor is pretty bland, it’s not my favorite, but I would eat it again.  (Weird, I know)  Octopus, it’s a little rubbery but still fresh also lacks flavor.  Salmon, is fatty and is meaty.  It also includes alot of rich source of omega fatty acids.  Japanese Snapper has a very light texture to it.  I wasn’t too impressed with this piece of fish.  Flounder, was very flavorful and rich.  It was also on the lighter side.  Sushi is one of those things that a lot of people are skeptical of ordering because it’s raw, but once you try it, you’ll fall in love.  The last pieces of items you see are the Spicy Tuna Rolls.  Spicy Tuna Rolls are one of those rolls where you play it safe because the taste is masked in white rice and wasabi sauce.  It came with the dish that was ordered but I would’ve preferred another type of roll to go with the Nigiri Dinner.  Quick reminder, if your fish smells like fish, don’t eat it.  Fish should NOT have any smell to it. I can not stress that enough.


The three other dishes that were ordered were the Calamari, Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura, and Rock Shrimp.  All three dishes were flavorful and delicious.  The Calamari was fried whole squid, frisee, arugula, heirloom cherry tomato, and had a ichimi karashi mayonnaise to go along with it.  It looked as though it was a calamari salad that would be better described as such.  The mayonnaise wasn’t overbearing so it didn’t leave the meat soggy.  I would have liked it to be more of a crunchiness to the calamari but it was still good nonetheless.  The rock shrimp was presented on top of a green baby lettuce and had a chimi aioli sauce topped on it.  I would describe this dish as a lighter version of a general tsos shrimp.  If you’re trying to find a dish to play it safe, then this would be the dish for you.   The Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura which came with kabocha, eggplant, zucchini, onion, and satsumaimo looks like big flat pieces of onion rings but looks are deceiving.  This dish was packed with flavor and the sweet and sour sauce that came with it added much more flavor.  The crispiness on the shrimp was light and had the right amount of batter on it.


Overall, this is a go to restaurant.  The prices are reasonable, but if you decide to order the “Royal Platter” , I’d decide you and a bunch of friends order it.  $175 for a platter is pretty steep for sushi, in my opinion.  Have you ever had sushi before?  If not, why is that?  If so, what do you like about it the most?


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