REVIEW: Sushi X, Latham [PHOTOS]
I love sushi. I love all kinds of sushi. When I heard about Sushi X (710 New Loudon Rd, Latham) and rumors that they offer unlimited sushi for one price, I knew I had to check it out. All You Can Eat Sushi for Lunch (Mon-Fri 11:30AM-4:00PM) is a respectable price of $13.95/pp (+18% gratuity) and since lunch in a buffet type of restaurant is usually cheaper, might as well try it out then, right? We sat down at a really nice table and the restaurant was hardly full of people, there were maybe 4-5 other tables if that so I started to get nervous about the quality. The problem, I would openly call myself sushi spoiled. I’ve had some delicious tasting sushi so when I buy it at grocery stores or other buffets like Nikko’s when it was open on Central Ave, I wasn’t satisfied. I never gave up on the idea that maybe there was a buffet that had a good quality product.
We, my boyfriend and I, showed up to a sign on our table- DON’T MISS IT! “Please to not over order your food, you could always order more. Otherwise, we will charge the left over as a la carte price!!! (Depending on the amount of food) Also, no plate sharing between all you can eat and regular menu!!! Thank you.” You’re given a slip of paper where you check off what you want the waitress to bring but as the sign said, DON’T order more than you can handle, there are more slips of paper where that came from and you can keep ordering.
I started off with my favorite, the Eel and Avocado roll and he started off with his favorite, a California roll. It was delicious. I love when an eel avocado roll is slightly warm and squishy, that’s when the flavors come through the best with the eel sauce. These rolls are made fresh just as you order them and after being satisfied with one, now I was ready to try some of the special rolls.
They offer quite a bit of options of kinds of sushi you can order. For each roll or hand-roll you order you get 6 pieces, they offer: California, Yellowtail, Tuna, Salmon, White Tuna, Alaska, Tuna Avocado, Spicy Tuna, Spicy Crab, Spicy Salmon, Salmon skin, Philly roll (usually has cream cheese), Eel Avocado (yum!), Mango avocado, Peanut avocado, Avocado roll, Sweet potato and Avocado cucumber roll. After the Eel Avocado, I ordered the Peanut Avocado roll but I wasn’t as thrilled with it. There’s a place I went to in NYC called Ginger in the East Village by where I used to live that offered different kinds of combinations of sushi like avocado, banana and peanut butter or a banana, eel and peanut butter that was also pretty delicious oddly enough so I thought maybe this would be the same, it wasn’t. The avocado was great, fresh and soft but instead of peanut butter or ground up peanuts, this sushi roll had whole peanuts in it and made it very difficult to chew without choking on part of the peanut a little bit. I had no idea if I didn’t like the roll, I’d have to pay a la carte so I took all the peanuts out and instead just had an avocado roll which I did enjoy.
For special rolls they offer: shrimp tempura, dragon roll (eel, cucumber topped with avocado), crunchy eel (crabmeat with avocado, crunch and topped with whole eel), Yummy roll (eel and avocado, mango topped with crunch spicy tuna), Rainbow (california roll topped with tuna, salmon and white wish), Pink lady (spicy crunch tuna with tuna, salmon and avocado on the top), Sakura (spicy white tuna and avocado topped with tuna, salmon and yellow tail), Sunshine (crabmeat, avocado & crunch topped with diced salmon and spicy mayo sauce), “X” roll (tuna, salmon and yellowtail wrapped in seaweed deep-fried), Snow White (spicy crabmeat, avocado and crunch topped with white tuna), Winter roll (mango, cucumber, avocado topped with spicy crab meat, crunch and mango sauce) and Yankee (crunchy spicy salmon topped with albacore tuna and snapper). Is your mouth-watering over those reading them as much as mine is typing them? I decided on the Yummy Roll and oh wow was it delicious. Some of these rolls have “crunch” and it’s usually bits of the fried tempura mixed in with the fish which in this case was spicy tuna. I thought the mango would be a little too sweet but it was paired perfectly with the spicy tuna so the spice didn’t end up being too overwhelming. The mango was ripe enough to make it squishy and the consistency of each of the items added with the bit of crunch was a great experience. This is probably my new favorite roll which is pretty much the same as my old favorite roll but with mango and spicy crunchy tuna improvements.
Looking for food other than sushi? They have some of that on the menu also with: a house salad, edamame, Yaki Tori (skewered grilled chicken), shumai (pork dumplings), BBQ Squid, crab wonton, vegetable tempura, pork katsu (fried), Tofu Teriyaki, Chicken Teriyaki, mushroom soup, miso soup, age tofu, gyoza (dumplings), veg. egg roll, crispy calamari, chicken katsu, fish katsu and red snapper teriyaki. We ended up ordered edamame for the table and I had a house salad and my boyfriend, who only eats California rolls, gave up on sushi early on and ordered the delicious chicken teriyaki. There were so many different foods to try and we didn’t even look at the regular menu. I’ve gone to sushi restaurants and ordered about the same amount of sushi and the price was much higher than about $14 which is a great deal for lunch for such great quality sushi. If you’re as in love with sushi as I am, I recommend giving this place a try but remember to not order too much! Let me know what you thought!