By: Anna DeGoede
Upon entering Julienne Sushi Bar, my first impression was of the restaurant’s bright atmosphere and eclectic choice of music.
The bright blue walls and Asian-influenced decorations add to the appeal of the restaurant. The layout, while small, is well thought-out and classy. The unique trees painted on the wall creates a unique and pleasing aesthetic to the room.
But Julienne Sushi Bar is “not your typical Japanese cuisine,” according to owner Timothy Klunk. He says, “We wanted to put our own twist on it. I made up the menu, I came up with the name.” Klunk adds that the restaurant’s menu changes seasonally according to what is available.
Julienne Sushi Bar not only serves the community inside the restaurant: it also serves the community outside the restaurant. The restaurant “helps collect food for the less fortunate,” Klunk says. They offer a 10% discount for college students and people in the military. They also cater and deliver.
When you order a half roll, you get five pieces of sushi. A full roll (ten pieces) comes with your choice of soup or salad. A sushi platter is also an option. Julienne, as well as serving sushi, provides a variety of other choices. These include spring rolls, salmon roses, clear onion soup, iced coffee, and green tea fudge brownies.
Among the most popular dishes, according to Klunk, are the smoked salmon roll, the shrimp tempura roll, and the lobster roll.
This was my first time eating sushi. I ordered the half smoked salmon roll, which contains smoked salmon, cucumber, and scallions. The roll comes with ginger strips, a dollop of wasabi, and soy sauce. The roll was colorful, well put together, and aesthetically pleasing. I also traded one slice with a friend in order to try the raw salmon. Although I enjoyed it, I found the texture of the raw salmon roll to be a bit strange, and I preferred my selection of the smoked salmon. The flavors in the roll complement each other very well. I thoroughly enjoyed every element of the sushi and will definitely try more sushi rolls in the future.
To conclude, I would give Julienne Sushi Bar 5/5 stars. The experience was pleasant and provided a delicious lunch for my friends and me. I would wholeheartedly recommend the restaurant for anyone looking for an exciting way to mix up their dining experiences and try something new, like sushi.