Becoming One of the Village People: Sushi Edition
By Jamie McFaden
I’ll admit it—I’m no sushi snob. I sort of just like it all, from those all-veggie pieces on the buffet lines of super Americanized restaurants to rolls made in grocery stores, high dollar baked creations with artfully drizzled sauces to the most pristinely cylindrical hand roll, I’m definitely a proponent of sushi in general. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t special places that steal the heart of this raw fish fan, and Sushi Village in Crestwood is no exception to such a particular brand of esteem.
I was introduced to this restaurant by a friend who touted both their extremely reasonable prices and Monday/Tuesday drink specials. Cheap rolls and buy one get one free booze? Sold. My husband and I went on a Monday night, our stomachs grumbling and minds curious as to what Sushi Village would have to offer in the way of our favorite date night cuisine. The restaurant was of traditional Oriental décor with lots of black booths with red accent pieces and was noticeably clean despite the number of tables occupied for the evening’s dinner rush. Sushi Village offers various sake options, wines, and a few beers. We opted for the hot sake at the buy one, get one (a summer-only special of which I highly suggest taking advantage). We started with a seaweed salad appetizer ($3.95) and two bowls of clear soup (soup and green salad with ginger dressing come with the meal). We were pleasantly surprised to find that the seaweed salad was easily shareable and, unlike many reasonably priced sushi establishments with the same menu item, was nearly all seaweed (i.e., very little cucumber bedding as filler). The soups were also of generous portions and consisted of a simple but satisfying broth base chock full of mushrooms. Fascinated by the unique Chef’s Special Roll section of the menu, I ordered the Pink Lady Roll ($9.95). It contained tuna, crab, avocado, and seaweed wrapped in pink soy paper (which I had never seen before). Each mouthful was delicious, with just the right ratio of protein to rice. Though lovely in presentation, the pink soy paper was unassuming in flavor, allowing the richness of the tuna, avocado, and crab to shine. My husband ordered the Spicy Maki Combo ($12.95), a trio of spicy tuna, spicy salmon, and spicy yellowtail rolls. He was impressed with the heat that the rolls offered, but was quick to note that he did not feel the spicy sauce’s zest overwhelmed the taste of the individual rolls. For a more accurate description, I suppose I should simply admit that there was not a morsel of rice left on our plates. The service is excellent and somewhat speedy for a sushi place, our server passed no judgment upon our slugging down two decanters of sake, and our rolls certainly did not disappoint. Of course, our check not inspiring simultaneous laughter and tears didn’t hurt either. Sushi Village will definitely be in our rotation of date nights.
Sushi Village is located at 7001 Crestwood Blvd. #606, Birmingham, AL 35210. Call-ins and catering are also available. To contact, call 205-591-0083.