A lot of new mommies get jewelry when they deliver their babies. Not me. For my "push present," I got a Styrofoam clamshell of raw fish.
It turns out that giving up booze during pregnancy is nothing compared to giving up sushi, which is a prenatal no-no for reasons having to do with either mercury, parasites or an urban legend about Yellowtail Baby. So as soon as each little Fox arrived at Baptist Hospital, I dispatched the baby daddy to fetch a Choo Choo roll and some scallop ngiri from Samurai sushi across the street.
Great news for sushi-starved new moms: Samurai recently expanded both the restaurant and the menu, annexing the neighboring jewelry store and adding several new rolls to the list.
(Wait a minute, you mean there was a jewelry store there all along?)
We recently tried a couple of the newbies: the Vandy Roll—a tempura-fried composition with eel, crab, avocado, cream cheese and shrimp—and the Iron Miss—tuna, salmon, avocado, kiwi, mango, strawberry and three sauces. As always, Mr. Choo's fresh creations, many of which are adorned with colorful fruit, crunchy nuts and intriguing sauces, were worth the wait.
Furthermore, not only does the extra space make it easier to get a table, it also brings more light into the tiny shotgun shop, making it a slightly cheerier lunch venue—for those days when you're not dining in the maternity ward.
Located at 2209 Elliston Place, Samurai serves lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturday.