So I think everyone in SF (at least everyone in the financial district) has tried Sushirrito. It has become quite the go-to lunch in the last few years – look for the out-the-door line Monday through Friday for reference. I was hesitant to review it because I think everyone has formed their own individual opinion along with their favorite “burrito” and extras. However, I was inspired to share it when I heard a family of tourists say, “this is the best thing I have ever put in my mouth”. Interesting choice of words, but you can tell they were passionate nonetheless.
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Some combinations are better than others, but overall Sushirrito delivers a fantastic and satisfying lunch! Let’s just say I would not be upset if someone made me eat here everyday.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Here’s the deal, trying to decide what makes something a “winner” versus “orgasmic” is hard to decipher in some cases. My rule of thumb is… if the food induces salivation and forces you to make funny noises that sound inappropriate, I consider it orgasmic. If I’m dreaming of the next time I can return, while I’m still eating there, it’s orgasmic. Hence why Sushirrito is crowned orgasmic.
What I ate:
- Sumo Crunch ($10.50)
All of their sushirritos are wrapped in seaweed and rice, then stuffed. There is not too much room for substitution and everything costs you (that’s the downside). For example, they have red tempura flakes, which come standard in the Sumo Crunch, but cost a dollar extra if you add them to any other sushi burrito. The idea is that instead of wrapping the burrito with the seaweed outside and rice on the inside, it is inverted and then dipped in a bucket of tempura flakes to get a nice coating on the outside. My one complaint is that sometimes they are so busy that they don’t really pay attention, so I end up paying a dollar for a half covered burrito.
The Sumo Crunch comes stuffed with shrimp tempura (you can also add that to any other burrito for $3), Surimi crab, shaved cabbage, cucumber, avocado, and red tempura flakes, all drizzled in Sriracha aioli. This has become my new favorite (the salmon is my second love – I always add tempura flakes) because the crunch of the shrimp tempura coupled with the crab gives it just the right texture. The aioli kicks the flavor up a notch without making it spicy and avocado just makes everything better. I also love that the red tempura flakes already come with this. By themselves they don’t have much flavor, but they just make the sushi burrito that much tastier. The combination is superb and I fall in love all over again every time I eat there. Here’s the thing, if you are looking for gourmet sushi, this is not the place, but if you want to satisfy a craving and come with appropriate expectations, Sushirrito will blow you away. The fresh ingredients and tasty concoctions make it worth standing in line.
Have eaten and would recommend: Geisha’s Kiss ($12), Salmon Samba ($10), and Mayan Dragon ($9)
My least favorite is the Satori ($13), I would not recommend – it is bland and filled with too many cucumbers. All the ingredients have very subtle flavors and, therefore, don’t come together well.