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5 PLACES, 5 ROLLS: BREAKDOWN OF THE PRINCETON SUSHI SCENE

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Within the town of Princeton lies a jungle of food; mainly for the swarming, hungry students. That being said, there’s a lot of sushi. Like, A LOT. There are five places that dish out sushi within walking distance from the Princeton High School as well as the University. I set out on a quest to find the best tasting sushi, as well as where you get the best bang for your buck.

Ajihei

Ajihei:

*disclaimer* I do, in fact, work here, but I tried my best not to be biased. There were other people testing, so the opinions on sushi are not only my own.

What we got: Rainbow roll (Salmon, Tuna, Avocado, Cucumber, Ikura, and Crawfish salad)

Price: $16, normal rolls $6-10

Fish: Definitely fresh; the texture of the fish was spot on and had a smooth, pleasant taste.

Rice: Not too hard, not too soft. Perfect.

Presentation (1-5): 4.5

Final thoughts: The best thing about this roll was that everything was cut proportionally, so when you pop a piece in your mouth, you don’t get a huge chunk of avocado, or an oversized slice of salmon. The roll was well formed, so it didn’t fall apart when you bit into it. For some, there may be too many flavors going on. As a Japanese person, I can easily say this is the most authentic sushi you can get around Princeton. Great place if you have money, but definitely not the most affordable.

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Nassau Sushi:

What we got: Salmon Avocado

Price: $7

Fish: Tasted fine, color was off

Rice: Good texture, but too sweet

Presentation (1-5): 2

Final thoughts: Right off the bat, I noticed that the roll itself had too much avocado, and not enough salmon. The taste was pleasant, but the ratio of the rice to fish to avocado was off.

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Tomo Sushi:

What we got: Trio Roll (Tuna, salmon, yellowtail, tobiko)

Price: 11.95

Fish: Tuna tasted watery; yellowtail and salmon tasted fresher

Rice: Too hard

Presentation (1-5): 4.5

Final thoughts:  Tomo is generally pretty affordable (they have 3 roll combos for $13-14), so it’s good for a college town such as Princeton. However, when I saw the price for the Trio roll, I figured the roll would be much larger than a normal roll. Instead, it was a normal roll cut into 8 pieces (Maybe the roll was slightly longer?), so maybe go for the non-special rolls. The tuna tasted watery (not as flavorful and fresh as I had hoped), and the rice was a little bit off, but prices were fair.

Sakura

Sakura Express:

What we got: Marble roll (Yellowtail, Tuna, Salmon, Tobiko wrapped in special seaweed)

Price: $12

Fish: Nice texture, overall fresh especially for the price

Rice: Rice was slightly overcooked, but pretty good

Presentation (1-5): 5

Final thoughts: This place is hands down the best deal in Princeton. It’s not necessarily authentic or the best tasting, but for the price it’s a an ideal option for a college student. The chefs put a lot of fish into each roll, which makes it a good deal, but not necessarily a good thing. The roll was a bit oversized, and the fish to rice ratio was way off. However, overall, it had good taste, and the contrasting textures from the tobiko was nice.

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MOC MOC:

What we got: Alaska Roll (Salmon, Avocado, Cucumber)

Price: $7

Rice: Good texture, too much sugar in the seasoning

Fish: Tasted pleasant, good mouth feel

Presentation (1-5): 2

Final thoughts: The texture of the roll was pleasing; there was a nice crunch from the cucumber and a smooth aspect from the avocado. There was not enough salmon, and the ingredients inside of the roll were not evenly spaced.

Overall:

Most bang for your buck:  Sakura Express
Most Authentic: Ajihei

Article by Amy Watsky

1 thought on “5 PLACES, 5 ROLLS: BREAKDOWN OF THE PRINCETON SUSHI SCENE”

  1. excuse me?????? tomo sushi is the literal best sushi place in princeton and i am personally attacked by this article

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