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“We'll Be Back” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rumble Fish

Rumble Fish
4727 Scotts Valley Dr, Scotts Valley, CA 95066-4204
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Ranked #12 of 51 Restaurants in Scotts Valley
Cuisines: Japanese
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Central Coast, CA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“We'll Be Back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

After being disappointed by the other two Japanese places in Scotts Valley, we decided to give Rumble Fish a try. All of the fish we tried was extremely fresh. The wasabi had quite a kick to it, and the texture was very soft, indicating that this was freshly made-up as well. I tried Rocky Roll, with hamachi and avocado on the inside, with maguro, salmon, unagi, and tobiko on the outside. At $11.95, it’s one of the more expensive rolls, but it was large and had a high fish to rice ratio. A California roll costs $4.95, and my husband’s Rock n Roll (grilled unagi & avocado, topped with tobiko and traditional unagi sauce) cost $7.95. We thought pricing was fair for the quantity and quality of fish. Service was fast, and our drinks were refilled and plates cleared promptly.

There’s an extensive nigiri menu, including white “ice cream” tuna (hon maguro) and albacore (shiro-maguro) for those who want to avoid regular maguro, which is becoming an endangered species. Along with the usual offerings, there is also Spanish mackerel, amberjack, and herring roe.

We also tried (and brought home leftovers):

The seafood udon ($10.95) had clams, mussels, squid, and shrimp, as well as dried seaweed, two kinds of onions, mushrooms, and soup greens. The shellfish didn’t seem as fresh as the sushi, but the soup was flavorful and noodles cooked perfectly. Combo plate with tempura and chicken teriyaki ($14.95): tempura was served first: shrimp, white sweet potato, butternut squash, broccoli, onion, red pepper, and something else. Often we find the breading too heavy…this breading was uneven but not too thick (panko crumbs?). I thought it tasted a little oily, but my husband liked it. Teriyaki was great, and came with small scoops of bean sprout salad, chilled mashed potato with vegetables, melon, dakon pickles, and mini sweet shrimp roll.

There is an extensive menu of seafood, veggie, and meat appetizers There is almost 60 varieties of maki (rolls), and they also serve 5 varieties of cone shape maki (temaki). Because of the freshness of the fish, the breadth of the menu, and the efficient service, we’ll definitely eat there again.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Bay Area, CA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“My favorite sushi restaurant in Scotts Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Friendly service with a smile. But equally important is the delicious, melt in your mouth sushi and sashimi. They have their signature rolls, which are tantalizing to the taste buds. And more traditional, cooked Japanese food if you don't like sushi.

If given a choice, I pick this restaurant hands down.
Do not miss it!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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