Monday, September 19, 2011
Veg Week: The Vegetarian Roll At Sushi Sono
The vegetarian options in a sushi place often range from non-existant to uninspiring, but Sushi Sono delivers a special option that would anchor a fine meal.
The vegetarian roll comes out wrapped in pink. That's fun on its own, but you order the vegetarian roll for the same unique balancing of flavors that make all of the unique "chefs" rolls and that make Sushi Sono one of the best restaurants in Howard County.
The pink soy wrapper contains distinct bands of seaweed salad, mushrooms, pickled carrot, fried sweet potato, and avocado. The textures make the roll something special -- crunchy, tart pickles, crisp carrots and the smoothness of avocado.
I'd recommend the vegetarian roll for anyone because those flavors contrast nicely with the fish and spiciness that dominate so many other special rolls. We paired it with the No. 14 roll and the "sushi nugget" roll.
For the vegetarian, I'd recommend starting with edamame and then supplementing the pink special roll with the agedofu appetizer, seaweed salad or a few smaller vegetable rolls like shittake and asparagus or asparagus, cucumber and avocado. Ask what they recommend because Sushi Sono's chefs will make special rolls if you suggest ingredients.
Of course, vegetarians could always go with vegetable tempura, but I don't eat many meals these days of fried anything. I'm sure that Sushi Sono makes light tempura, but I have never felt drawn away from rolls when I see tempura on another table.
This is part of Veg Week here at HowChow. With Mango Grove temporarily closed as it relocates, we're suggesting some other spots where you could please a vegetarian friend or please yourself. Obviously, any local vegetarian should check out the vegan kitchen at Great Sage in Clarksville. Or click on all the HowChow posts that we have marked on the theme.