Roll is the latest sushi joint to hit The Avenue (Ariapita Avenue, Woodbrook). Not your conventional restaurant but a trendy lounge hiding in plain sight above Tzar nightclub. An interesting view, open space and fitted with a gigantic bar, is making Roll the place to be.
We were invited by Chef/Owner Miles Marbella to try the menu so as a result we will not be reviewing customer service in this article.
The joys of eating Sushi piece after piece can become a blurry moment of bliss but what Myles prepared for us, roll after roll, were able to stand on it's own. A salad piled high with nori, lettuce and carrots, drizzled with a light and spicy dressing is a well thought out plan of attack. Flavours pop and keep the tasetbuds asking for more, a perfect appetizer to get the job done. Vege Tempura Roll that holds its own next to a California or Philly any day, maybe not a glorious piece of sashimi but shockingly good none the less. Tempura vegetables carried through all dressings to the end of the chew, this is no piece of cardboard dressed in spicy mayo.
Being of Philippine decent, Chef Myles embraces fusion and with her gifted hands, was able to stay away from the conventional ingredient combination and bring something new. The Thousand Myles, one of her signature rolls, made its way to eager mouths. With an almost petit four appearance, it looked too pretty to eat. That feeling didn't last long though, in no time at all it was devoured, AMAZING!
What can you possibly serve us that's going to be as good. Let me just stop right here and say on this tasting, "as good" was not in her vocabulary, every item served was better than the last. What's Next?
The Flaming Roll, luscious tuna wrapped in nori, hugged in rice, topped with delicate salmon, sriracha, panko, spicy mayo and a sliver of scotch bonnet pepper. All touched by the warmth of tempura crumbs set ablaze. This isn't only for theatrics, it serves a purpose. Roast your pepper if you like and place it back on your roll, place in mouth and go to heaven.
Asian Smores, Wait...What? Yes you heard me, it looks like a Birthday Cake had a baby with Campfire Smores. She opted to add rice crackers instead of the traditional Graham crackers and it's a welcomed change, crunchy to the last bite.
The menu prepared for us was exciting, tasty and put together with care. If Roll continues to entice patrons with their innovative take on sushi for the Trini palette, they will stay at the stop of the sushi spot list locally.