Sushi lovers’ dream opens in Nevada City
Sushi in the raw
Kaoru “RU” Suzuki,
315 Spring St., Nevada City
Open for Dinner Tue-Sat
5 to 9 p.m.
We are both major sushi addicts and have been for more than 20 years. We have eaten at countless sushi restaurants all over the country and dare not think of how much money we’ve spent in the process.
We definitely consider ourselves sushi connoisseurs, not only because we consume more fish than a killer whale at feeding time, but we’ve sampled just about every type of fish and roll imaginable.
Going out for sushi is a sacred ritual for us and is so special we reserve it only for our “date nights” without the kids. Up until now our favorite sushi restaurant on the planet has been Miya Sushi in Auburn, which we’ll write about in a future article.
We first discovered Miya in 1993 soon after we moved to the Grass Valley area. Kaoru “RU” Suzuki was our favorite sushi chef at Miya and always gave us a friendly greeting every time we sat down behind the sushi counter.
Miya changed ownership about five years ago and RU left to move on to other ventures. Several months ago we ran into RU and he told us he was planning on opening a sushi bar somewhere in Grass Valley or Nevada City.
We were very excited about the possibility of having RU as our sushi chef once again and not having to make the 40 minute drive to Auburn.
Last week it finally happened. A friend told us that RU was opening up for business. We were beyond excited as we drove into Nevada City last Friday night and walked into RU’s 10-year dream.
It was a “dream come true” for us as well. RU and his longtime friend, Susan Frizzle (also from Miya), worked diligently with friends and family to create the most beautiful, cozy and intimate sushi bar you could ever imagine. We were almost sobbing with delight as we sat down behind RU’s new sushi counter.
First, let us point out that what made Miya Sushi stand out head and shoulders above all other sushi restaurants was RU’s special sauce that you can’t get anywhere else.
RU’s (secret) spicy sauce is so good; once you’ve tried it, you’ll be hooked for life. The traditional soy sauce mixed with wasabi doesn’t compare.
RU doesn’t have a liquor license yet, but it was no trouble at all, since the Bonanza Market is a short walking distance away and had a nice selection of sake and plum wine.
By the time I returned, Fran had already ordered all of our favorite sushi.
We toasted RU, wished him success and were soon presented with two platters of nigori sushi and sashimi.
The sushi and RU’s special sauce melted in our mouths and we thought we had died and gone to sushi heaven.
The portions were very generous, and the freshness and quality of the sushi was excellent. We each had a scallop shooter, another Miya original not found anywhere else.
Shooters, including mussels (when in season) and oysters, are a great way to start out the meal with a bang. The explosion of flavor will get your taste buds begging for more.
We enjoyed a variety of hand rolls and long rolls with several new sauces RU created that were fabulous; and finished the meal with mushi (ice cream balls with a rice dough shell) and a melon Midori dessert that had us licking the plate. It was the perfect ending to a heavenly experience.
We were both very hesitant to write this article and reveal our new secret sushi haven. RU’s Sushi in the raw is sacred ground to us and should be kept exclusive to all but the most discriminating sushi lovers (there are no tempura or non-sushi items on the menu).
If you love sushi as much as we do, Sushi in the raw is THE place to go. Reservations are highly recommended.
Steve and Fran Lantz of Grass Valley love to eat out. Contact them c/o The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945.
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