Great improvement has been made at ICONIC Hand Roll restaurant at 135 E 1st Avenue. The construction was complete. The non-functioning air-conditioning, leaking pipes,…all problems were solved. I began training of the cooks who are going to reproduce my recipes at this modern and charming quick-serve sushi restaurant. Yesterday was my fourth day of training. The members are Ali, Alturo, Gave, Shy, Stephanie, Tiffany and Kiera. They learned how to make sushi rice, how to prep vegetables and fish for iconic hand rolls, salad and miso soup. The hand roll menu at ICONIC is very special and extensive. Fish rolls includes Non-spicy salmon tartar, Spicy salmon tartar, Non-spicy SJT tartar, Spicy SJT tartar, Cobia ceviche (sounds intriguing and flavor is sensational), Red Crab California (using REAL crab!) and Coconut Shrimp. Menu has two vegetable hand rolls. One is Shiitake (braised shiitake mixed with asparagus and carrot) and the other is Creamy eggplant. In addition to those rolls I have created a very special one – Miso flavored skirt steak roll. See the photo. A lucky passersby was offered to taste this new creation – beef in hand roll? It is outstanding! What makes the ICONIC restaurant stands out is the use of very special sauce which I have created. It looks like mayo, but there is no egg in it. It is the combination of oil, miso, …..well you have to come to taste it. Here are some photos of the training from yesterday session.
ICONIC Hand Roll will open sometime early next week…Tuesday or Wednesday (6-12pm). If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by to experience a new sushi! Please also make an effort to come to say hi to the owner, David, his staffs and me (I will be working there for the first three days of operation. See you, then.