Raine and Kyle Review: Ponzu


Kyle Beck and Raine King


Our dessert: chocolate chip cookie dough rangoon with vanilla ice cream

Description: For our first review of the year Kyle and I have decided to develop a different palate and to get cultured. We took a visit to Ponzu Sushi and Grill, an atmospheric and wonderful restaurant that specializes in making some Bomb Sushi. We started with a few appetizers, which includes lettuce wraps and lobster rangoons. For our meals we tried 5 different kinds of their “specialty” sushi, a “Crunchy veggie” that had; Tempura asparagus, cucumber, carrot, avocado, red pepper, cream cheese, unagi sauce, rolled in panko, “Firecracker”;Tempura shrimp, spicy crab, rolled in panko and topped with sweet chili sauce “ Coco Loco”; Shrimp tempura, crab mix, cucumber, avocado rolled in panko topped with mango sauce and toasted coconut, “Tarantula Maki” ; Tempura soft shell crab, avocado, cream cheese, wasabi aioli, and our favorite name, “Bagel” ; which had smoked salmon, tempura scallions topped with cream cheese and capers. To finish it all off we ended with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Rangoon.


Raine: When you first enter Ponzu you see Itamae making sushi, and a modern style open bar. It’s a very nice opening to the experience. The appetizers we had gotten were wonderful, the lobster rangoons came with a pineapple sweet and sour sauce that complemented the lobster well. I enjoyed the lettuce wraps but I didn’t think they were anything special. The sushi we had gotten was AMAZING, my favorite roll had to be the firecracker. The tempura and spicy crab blended well with the sauce, and it had a nice crunch on the outside. The dessert was also AMAZING. It was a wonton stuffed with warm cookie dough. The gooeyness of the cookie dough with the crunch of the wonton was astounding. I would give Ponzu a 10/10.


Kyle: For anybody’s first time trying something new, you should try and maintain an open mind. So if it’s not apparent enough, this was my first time trying sushi. And I’ve rarely dined in a place so modern, so it was a very interesting experience for me. The appetizers were very tasty. One was a make your own lettuce wrap with chicken and many ingredients to choose from. The other was lobster rangoons with pineapple sweet and sour sauce. Then came the colorful platter of sushi we ordered. We ordered five types of sushi, but I personally ordered “Bagel.” It was an interesting taste with the rice and cream cheese complimenting the smoked salmon wonderfully. Then we got our dessert. Vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate chip cookie dough filled rangoons. Once you bit into the rangoon you were greeted with the warm taste of cookie dough! And for the overall price, it was completely reasonable! I would give Ponzu a deserving 10/10!