I’m always poking around on Yelp at lunchtime to see if anything new has popped up in my office’s area. And there was something new! A sushi place pretty close by. My cohorts and I went to check it out. It’s called Deli Sushi and Desserts.
I didn’t take a photo of the outside but it’s totally in a warehouse area with a little banner declaring it’s presence. “I’m here! I’m here!” it tries to shout, but your mind is like, “Why on earth would a sushi place be HERE?”
The inside has this vast cavern-like industrial-like feel. There are a few tables and some barstools.
And also this lounge area. They’re open late Thursday-Saturday. They have a DJ on Thursday nights. I think in their hearts they also want to be a club.
They menu is printed on the wall next to where you order. I wish they made the text a little bigger but I had looked online at the menu already. Note that they only accept cash.
[iced green tea / $3]
I really just wanted water but the lady at the counter said they only had bottled water. This made me roll my eyes on the inside. Fine. You don’t want to provide cups for water then I’ll try one of your drinks.
I got the iced green tea which I figured would be JUST green tea. And instead I get this murky looking liquid pea soup thing. I quirked an eyebrow and tried it and immediately disliked it. What on earth did they put in here?! It tasted like soy-something and I noticed that shaking and swirling didn’t even out the color. It stayed darker on the bottom. I wish they had put a note on what exactly is in here on the menu… so I can avoid it in the future.
Minion also got this drink and we both made weird faces after drinking it. So see. It’s not just me who thinks this!
I wish I had gotten the Mostra cold brew coffee instead. Sigh.
[caterpillar roll / $6]
I ordered two rolls. One was the Caterpillar Roll. It comes with avocado with eel sauce on top. Mmmm… avocado.
And inside there is eel, shredded crab and cucumber. I liked the amount of avocado on top! I’m not any kind of sushi expert or anything but this tasted fine to me. It wasn’t mind blowing but I still liked it. And the price is right for eight pieces of sushi! I even managed to use chopsticks for the most part until my hand started to cramp. My hands don’t like using chopsticks.
[avocado roll / $3]
I also got an avocado roll to round out my avocado obsession. It’s pretty much just rice and avocado. Nothing else. But that’s what I was expecting. The avocado was fresh and creamy and tasted good with the rice. I mean, can you really complain about a three dollar roll that has eight pieces? No, I don’t think you can.
[tiger roll and spicy tuna roll / $6 and $3]
This is Minion’s order. He got a Tiger Roll (bottom) that came with salmon, avocado, and ponzu sauce on top (uh, I don’t see avocado, but that’s what the menu states) with shredded crab, cucumber and avocado on the inside. Above that is the Spicy Tuna Roll which has tuna and cucumber.
He seemed to think they were okay enough. Maybe he’ll comment and tell you what he really thinks.
Or maybe he won’t.
Let’s wait and see!
[california roll / $3]
Minion also got a California Roll. He thought I wouldn’t want to take a photo of it because it’s “just a California roll”. Come on now, Minion. You should know me better than that by now.
[seaweed salad / $4]
Matty Matt got a seaweed salad to start. It looks a little neon green to me. Is it supposed to look like that?
[unagi roll / $3]
On the receipt it said “eel roll” but the menu says “unagi roll”. It came with eel, cucumber and avocado with eel sauce drizzled all over it.
[spicy tuna roll / $3]
Matty Matt also got a spicy tuna roll. I don’t eat tuna. At all. Don’t put it near me.
I think our general consensus was, “Well… it was all right.” Not terrible, but also not super fabulous. It’s fairly cheap though and if you stuck to only getting $3 rolls or $6 rolls you’ll have yourself a cheap, affordable lunch. They also have $8 Premium Rolls (if you want to be a high roller) and also plenty of salads.
As the name of the place states they do also have desserts like ice cream and snow ice but I wasn’t quite in the mood for dessert (I know, right? What’s happening here?).
I’d come back since it’s really close to my work and it’s fairly cheap, but I wouldn’t expect an out-of-body oh-my-god-it’s-good experience here. It is what it is. Cheap, quick, decent sushi for lunch.
Kirbie posted about this place not too long ago! Check out her post here for another perspective.
Deli Sushi and Desserts
8680 Miralani Dr. #122
San Diego, CA 92126