Hi, my name is Alessandra, and I am Love Boat Sushi addict.
It started out as a simple flirtation, lead into a bit of an affair, and ended up with me being head over heels in love. By now the staff greet me by name and sushi chefs nod my way with a smirk, i’ve practically tried every roll on the extensive sushi menu, and I do believe I’m the only customer to insist they allow me to purchase their LBS mug to take with me back to London. When I am home from London, I manage to slip in for a roll at least every other night to attempt to tide me over until my next trip back.
Love Boat Sushi is located in San Diego, California and has, hands down, the best sushi ever. It’s not just the freshness of the ingredients, mesmerizing presentation, or friendliness of the staff that makes this place my open obsession, it’s the rolls themselves. Each roll is a masterpiece, completely different from the next with its own flavors and textures creating individual perfection. Did I mention its very reasonably priced? I could detail and drool over every roll on the menu, but that would take too long and would leave you overwhelmed. I’ll describe a few of my favorites as long as you promise to try Love Boat Sushi for yourself if you’re ever in San Diego. Deal?
Let the food porn commence!
The TNT Roll is on fire, literally. The enormous roll is presented with a flaming cucumber in the middle of the plate providing breath taking presentation. The roll consists of spicy tuna and cucumber, is topped with seared tuna and avocado and is covered in spicy sauce. As you try to stuff a monstrous piece of this roll into your mouth, the spicy sweetness floods your tastebuds bringing a smile to your overstuffed, hamster cheeks. Not ideal for a first date…
The Geisha Roll is fascinating presentation wise as you’re presented with a lime green and hot pink coated sushi roll surrounding a nest of fire. Inside is chopped salmon, crab, cream cheese, and avocado and the outside is covered in colored popcorn crunch before the roll is…wait for it… deep fried. This roll is delicious and sinful, but must be shared as it is incredibly filling.
The Sunshine Roll is my favorite of the Love Boat concoctions. A California Roll topped with salmon and tuna sashimi smothered in fiery chili and a sweet and sour ponzu sauce. It burns your mouth and tantalizes your taste buds in a confusing, delicious experience unlike any other. The textures and flavors melt together creating bliss in your mouth.
To support the best American Football team, the San Diego Chargers, the Chargers Special Roll is a local favorite on the menu. This roll is more of a stack of fresh shrimp tempura topped with spicy tuna, albacore, and avocado kissed in spicy ponzu and garnished with a spicy salsa. It’s enough to convert anyone into a Charger’s fan!
Pause for dramatic effect…….The Jackson. Read on with caution, this is not for the faint of heart. This roll is absurd. This monster takes tempura tuna, combines it with sweet potato, stuffs it into a roll, layers sashimi and avocado on top before smothering it all in fried onions and ponzu sauce. So delectable but so naughty.
The Hurricane Roll is a beautiful combination of crunch shrimp, crab, avocado, gobo, cucumber, and topped with tuna tataki. The tanginess of this roll makes it light and enjoyable versus some of Love Boat’s heavier rolls. The spices coating the tuna tataki miked with japanese vinegar burst with flavor in your mouth.
The Rainbow Roll is a lovely combination of soft shell crab, cucumber, and avocado topped with five different types of fresh sashimi. Perfect if you’re having trouble choosing between ordering a roll or sashimi – best of both worlds if you ask me.
I’m guessing you’re hungry now. If you’d ever like someone to accompany you to share some rolls and i’m in town, i’ve yet to turn down an offer!