Redlands has so many sushi restaurants, it can be hard to choose which one to visit when the craving strikes. Ocean Blue is close to the Krikorian, which makes it a good place to hit before a movie. Sushi Kimo is quieter, and Hello Sushi has neat private rooms that evoke traditional Japanese dining.
This week, a friend and I decided to try a sushi place neither one of us have been to before: Super Sushi. Owned by the people behind Redlands’ Okiyama Sushi but completely run by its own staff, Super Sushi is known for All You Can Eat sushi (both at lunch and dinner) and half off rolls at lunch.
During a recent lunch, friends and I decided to try the Hot Night Roll, the Tiger Roll, the Baked Lobster Roll, the Washington Roll, the Super Sushi Roll, the Popcorn Lobster Roll and the Double Tuna Roll.
The Hot Night, with shrimp tempura inside and spicy tuna outside, was delicious. We could have ordered several of these rolls and still wanted more. The tuna was just spicy enough to add a kick without overpowering the crunchy tempura. It was topped with some yummy sauce, and made for an excellent roll.
The Tiger Roll was excellent as well and very similar to the Hot Night, with shrimp tempura and spicy tuna inside and tiger shrimp on top. The shrimp tasted super fresh, as did all of the fish that we ate. The baked Super Sushi roll was also a hit, and although it has eel on top, was still popular among the less adventurous diners.
The Double Tuna was okay, with spicy tuna inside and tuna outside. The tuna slices were not very big, and it was slightly bland due to the lack of vegetables and sauce. The Washington Roll was similar in its simpleness, but very tasty. A California roll with salmon on top, much of the flavor came from the fattiness of the salmon.
The Baked Lobster was good, but we preferred the Popcorn Lobster with tempura lobster. Both start with a California Roll, and then are topped with either lobster and baked or tempura lobster. The baked roll could have used a bit more lobster, but the popcorn version was nice and crunchy and went well with the California roll.
The waitress was extremely friendly, always coming by our table to check in and make sure we had enough to drink and to see if we were ready to order more. She was very efficient, bringing our dishes to our table the instant they were ready. The music was slightly loud when we walked in, and we appreciated that she was more than willing to turn it down so we could hear each other better.
The atmosphere is comfortable, and there is ample seating around the restaurant and at the sushi bar. Traditional Japanese images dot the walls. In addition to sushi, there are soups, salads, teriyaki and noodle dishes, making it open to those who aren’t fans of raw fish.
Super Sushi is actually a great way to introduce someone to sushi, as the fish is fresh and tasty and rolls are half off, allowing diners to order more than they ordinarily might. The friendly service takes it over the top, making it a go to sushi destination in Redlands.
Super Sushi, 1502 Barton Rd., Redlands. 909-798-9139.