I had to try the 'magic' prawns this time after seeing the hype from other reviewers. I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed. The 'flash-fried panko breading' was thicker and more deep-fried tasting than I expected, reminiscent of the coating on store-bought jalapeno poppers. The molten sauce is similar to spicy mayo. For some reason I was expecting more of a thinner, tangier sauce. The 'kimchi' is basically shredded cabbage with vinegar. And the rice is... rice.
I decided to try an assortment of the fancy rolls. These intimidated me a little, because I like more traditional sushi and most of the Firehouse rolls sounded like a mountain of random ingredients that included at least one deep-fried element and at least one sauce. One bite of each roll and I was a believer. The flavours have obviously been carefully chosen to harmonize with each other and each roll could be an entire meal in itself. I couldn't pick a favourite- they were all equally good and I would order any of them again.
Disappointed to see that Firehouse is still using the cheapest pickled ginger. Sigh. I simply don't see the logic in serving rolls with real crab and then garnishing them with what tastes like wood chips soaked in pink aspartame.
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