Whenever we are in downtown Phoenix, we always make it a point to have sushi at Harumi Sushi. The sushi at Harumi is alway spot on, and I love the fact that they use forbidden rice. I’m not a big rice fan, as some of you know, but I do have a weak spot for brown and forbidden rice. Not only is the rice “healthier” but it also adds a texture and flavor element that traditional rice just doesn’t have.
Harumi would be my go to spot whenever we want sushi. The only problem? It’s 30 miles away from where I live, so we don’t go as much as we’d like to.
Enter Kodo Sushi Bar, Located on the corner of Gilbert Rd and Ryan Rd in Chandler. Formerly the Otaku restaurant location, Kodo Sushi kept the same beautiful layout as the previous Otaku owners, lots of natural light enter the restaurant through their floor to ceiling windows
On to the real reason we are here… the sushi. I was pleasantly surprised to see that forbidden rice was used to create every rice based dish in the restaurant. I made a comment to my husband that it reminded me of Harumi Sushi in downtown Phoenix. Upon further investigation, and asking our waitress a few questions. We discovered that Kodo is owned by Juno, the same owner of Harumi, and Pick N’ Roll in Scottsdale. My excitement level went from low to high instantly. I knew we were in for a treat.
The Ahi Tower came out first, a feast for the eyes and belly – a tower of forbidden rice, crab, spicy ahi, and avocado. If you can get in during happy hour, you can get the dish at half the price, or you can order two! However you want to look at it. 😉
As per the usual, we also ordered the edamame, Kodo offers a spicy garlic option O.M.G. is it a life changer. I only want my edamame this way for the rest of my life.
The H3 Roll was also a delicious- forbidden rice, crab, avocado, and tuna. All the items were evenly distributed throughout the roll making every bite a balanced and flavorful one.
Finally the Kodo Roll was amazing- the tuna, avocado, green onion, but the star of this dish was the seared ahi on the roll. I do love a good sear on fish, and this was was no exception.
Be sure to ask for fresh wasabi- it’s an $2 upgrade but well worth the money.
I’ll definitely be back to Kodo Sushi really soon.