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.
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