It had been over a year since I first checked out Midtown's Ra Sushi, and on a quest to test out new menu items (courtesy of the lovely ladies at Melissa Libby), I returned last weekend. Ra was bumpin' on a Friday night - complete with low lighting, thumping music, and a crowd that looked ready to party. Actually the family next to us with two toddlers looked a bit out of place, but my theory is that you can't hear babies crying in a place like this, so it's kind of a perfect place to bring your kids!
No longer in our Friday night party phase, Mr. AT and I were content to sit in our little upstairs corner and sample the goods. We started with a shishito pepper appetizer, which was truly fantastic. They were charred and just the right amount of spicy. Utterly addictive and definitely something I'd order again.
We also tried two new sushi rolls - the Tropical Roll with cucumber, mango, avocado, spinach tempura bits, spicy shrimp and masago and mango salsa and the Pacific Roll, a spicy mix of albacore tuna, cilantro, jalapeño, cucumber, fresh avocado, mango salsa, red beet tempura bits and sautéed cashew nuts. (Wow that's a mouthful in more than one way!).
Upon reviewing the descriptions, they do sound a bit "kitchen-sinky" but to eat they were both surprisingly light relative to the mayo heavy rolls that are the norm at trendy sushi joints. Given they were both tropical, I found them somewhat hard to distinguish, but either would make for a solid order.
I couldn't resist the siren call of the Hot Mess, the sushi dish that blew my mind last time around. It's still the same to-die-for combination of hot crispy rice, creamy crab, and spicy jalapeno. I know sushi purists will shudder at the idea, but if it tastes this damn good, I don't care if it's authentic.
We finished things up with a coconut creme brulee, which was a rather sophisticated ending to a trendy meal. I caught flack later that night from a friend who heard I'd eaten there and inquired how my orange mayo sushi tasted, and I was pleased to tell him there was nary a drop of mayo in sight during my meal. Ra and my favorite authentic sushi spot, Sushi House Hayawaka, have little in common, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy both of them. To me, Ra is a sexy scene, and they're creative menu has some surprising highlights. Don't miss those peppers or the Hot Mess!
Want to eat on the cheap? Check out their Happy Hour M-S from 3-7.
1080 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30309