Gosh Asian Bistro, Lakeland
Ed opted for the Eel roll, probably because he noticed some fresh eel in the display as soon as we sat down at the bar and it is probably his favorite. He shared with me, and I liked the poppy and sesame finish to these rolls, which were very light.
Now, mine was going to be trickier. I like a lot of sushi ingredients that Ed does not care for, and I was pretty sure I wouldn't come close to finishing whatever it was I got. The sushi chef had overheard us bantering back and forth about the different rolls and said he could modify whatever we ordered-he actually made a small change to Ed's eel roll.
The Kanpai! roll sounded perfect to me: tempura shrimp, krab, and asparagus, topped with avocado, smelt roe, eel sauce, and spicy mayo. Ed was all in except the avocado, and in explaining that I probably wouldn't finish mine, it was prepared half with avocado, half without.
If not for the appetizer, I probably would have finished this roll. It had the perfect blend of fresh, crunchy, savory, creamy, and sweet. For years, I'd wondered what the Asian sauce was that I really liked in some of my favorite dishes-turns out it's the Eel sauce.
I did end up eating some of the roll without the avocado, but much preferred it with. Some was consumed with wasabi, but the flavors were full and rich that it wasn't really needed. Ultimately, I ate all but three pieces, and if not for that appetizer, I would have finished it.
Sitting at the sushi bar was ideal. We got to interact with the sushi chef and watch our rolls being prepared. We talked a bit about how the rolls could be made and watch others being prepared. They make a volcano roll that actually looks like a volcano.
For the two rolls, egg roll appetizer and two sodas, we spent about $30, which I think is appropriate for good quality sushi that is prepared fresh. It may be preferable for us, as we get to see some of the prep work involved in making other sushi rolls, rather than sitting at a table, so it is nice to have the option.
All I know is that I should probably branch out, now that the Kampai! was so good-but I'll probably opt for that one next time, too.