Sushi has been steadily gaining popularity in the United States since it appeared on the menu of Kawafuku Japanese Restaurant in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. It is almost certain that sushi is responsible for the general acceptance of Japanese cuisine as a mainstay of popular western culinary culture.
Traditional sushi has evolved in Japan for over 1,000 years and people, especially in the west, often associate sushi with raw fish but not all sushi incorporates fish or seafood. In actuality the common ingredient traditionally shared by most forms of sushi is vinegared rice.
There are many forms of sushi and a few are known to be vegan but for many vegans sushi is not the first thing that comes to mind when choosing a venue for dining out. One of the great benefits of the current popularity of sushi is that new forms of sushi are evolving to suit the taste of discerning diners and a trend toward high quality vegan sushi is clearly occurring.
Sushi has always been considered an art form. Artful presentations and fresh ingredients are key attributes of the finest sushi but what really sets a master sushi chef apart from the crowd is the creativity and the ability to craft unique experiences of flavor and texture. Savvy vegans now seek out theses artist chefs and their creations with the same appreciation shared by all lovers of art.
Granite Bay, California has a new sushi establishment that has clearly risen to the apex of fine vegan sushi.
Haruka Sushi Bar, which first opened in Lodi, California has opened a second branch near the corner of Auburn-Folsom Road and Douglas Boulevard in Granite Bay.
The quality of the vegan sushi offering from Haruka Sushi Bar is unsurpassed. The ingredients are fresh. The flavor and texture combinations are all wonderfully tasty while remaining distinctly unique and each dish very artfully presented. After sampling nine different offerings I was asked which were my favorites and it was very difficult for me to even choose one or more favorites. They were all that good.
It should be noted that you may not see such a large variety of vegan sushi by looking at the current menu but the chefs at Haruka are very skilled in their art and quite accustomed to catering to vegans. They regularly serve all vegan sushi to large groups from a local Buddhist sangha. In fact, attending as a group is certainly the best way to experience vegan sushi at Haruka. Forget the menu. Tell the head chef you are vegan group and let the chefs work their magic. It might be best to call ahead to let them know you will have a group attending.
I have sampled vegan sushi from many places in Northern California and several establishments have produced a high quality vegan sushi but I can honestly say that the vegan sushi from Haruka Sushi Bar is the finest and tastiest I have encountered thus far.