Last week, as the effects of excessive king cake consumption began to catch up with me, I decided some sushi would be a nice workday lunch alternative to my bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato sandwich. Luckily, in my area of downtown there are a decent amount of sushi places to choose from–Geisha Sushi Bistro, Sekisui Samurai, and, now, Ginger Lime.
Located on the corner of Iberville and Decatur, Ginger Lime is a lively little spot to grab a quick lunch or a late night dinner (they’re open till midnight on Friday and Saturday nights!). I opted to go with a classic roll and specialty roll so I could better taste their capabilities. A Crunchy Roll (per the suggestion of my friend “A buck twenty-five” from Just Off The Red Streetcar Line) and an Autumn Roll was the winning combo since I prefer less rice to veggies and fish. The Autumn roll was a scrumptious blend of fresh salmon, lettuce, thin strands of crisp cucumber and cilantro (my drug herb of choice) all loosely wrapped in rice paper and topped with colorful drizzles of Sriracha and Hoisin sauce. A little spicy, a little sweet, a lotta delicious. The crunchy roll, just like “A buck twenty-five” had told me, came with more snowcrab than panko flakes (a.k.a. crunchy stuff) and was rolled in toasted sesame seeds. A great version of this sushi roll staple, especially since the toasted sesame seeds added such a welcome dimension of flavor to the rather bland but still yummy snowcrab mixture. I wish all rolls were studded with sesame seeds, but maybe that’s just me.
My two rolls came to around $18 after tax and tip. A bit steep for a workday lunch but, then again, when is sushi not steep? My favorite rice paper roll from Sake Cafe is a bit higher at $13 but I feel like I get more salmon (plus tuna) for my money. Perhaps next time I’ll stick with a roll combo where I can get two or three rolls for $8.75 or $12.75, respectively. Served with a soup or a salad, I think that might be a better value for a healthy workweek lunch.