As a blogger who sometimes cooks, sometimes writes, sometimes takes pictures, I get invited to some great places in my town. This weekend, it was to an Instgrammers event at Fighting Fish in downtown Richmond, VA. RVA keeps evolving into a food mecca where passion is shining in tiny places and tiny plates.
While chatting with other instagrammmers, we snacked on edamame, tuna tartare, tuna poke, and red bean ice cream with Guinness and whipped cream. The tasting was not enough and so I stayed for dinner ordering what my eyes deemed delicious.
Sushi. My go to’s are salmon and tuna. Seattle made me fall in love with salmon sashimi. Adventure made me fall for tuna. Beyond those two, I don’t venture much in the raw fish lane. Ceviche even gives me the creeps. It’s a texture thing. I never want to eat a rubbery thing. I never want my food to bounce back after a bite. Thus, I wade gently into the waters of the raw fish realm.
At Fighting Fish, I jumped a bit into the deep end by ordering their sushi donut in “rainbow.” Gorgeous in it’s presentation, I’ve spied this beauty on Instagram enough to be lured right in. And it’s beauty matches it’s fresh taste. The rice donut is soft and sticky and allows the fresh veggies, fish, and row to say just enough. But, this donut taught me that raw trout is a loud talker and it says things my tongue doesn’t want to hear. It also bounced a bit with it’s iridescent skin making me wish I had scooted it aside or requested double salmon. Lesson learned. One raw fish checked on the list.
My table mates (Meghan from Marcostyle.net and her beau) ordered Fighting Fish’s original sushi creations like the Spicy Samauri and the Sushi Burrito. I only snapped pictures of the burrito, but what a great idea to stuff seaweed with all those yummy things. What is there was a Chipotle style fast food joint that did this for sushi burritos? I might live there.
The Spicy Samauri, a spicy salmon and crab roll, was divine. The crab here was so fresh and surprising. When I bite into a sushi roll I expect the slippery, creaminess of salmon, or the slightly denser chew of tuna, and always the tiny baubles of rice, but the crab in this roll woke me up a bit. Blended well the spicy housemate Sriracha, this roll will bring me back to fighting fish and I won’t even put up my dukes.