Rolls, rolls, rolls are the name of the game at Zen Sushi in Dana Point. While Japanese cuisine purists would turn their noses up at them, Zen’s signature rolls are what keep the customers coming back. Luckily I harbor no such prejudices against the Americanization of Japanese sushi, so signature rolls it was.
Although sushi may be what draws most people in, Zen Sushi also offers traditional items like tempura, teriyaki and udon. For the kiddos, there’s a kid’s menu with kid-friendly favorites like fried chicken cutlet, shrimp tempura or chicken teriyaki.
During lunch, you can order a special that allows you to choose three of their signature rolls, served with a bowl of miso soup. Choosing three pretty daunting because they have a plethora of choices. Eventually I narrowed mine down to one of the California roll varieties, one of the spicy fillings and one of the rolls with cooked ingredients.
The Hawaiian Roll (above, far right) was basically a California roll, topped with tuna. It reminded me of the rolls from revolving sushi specialist Kura.
I think I also ordered the Spicy Tuna roll, but wouldn’t swear to it.
My favorite was the Baked Scallop roll, a glorified California Roll, topped with baked scallops, eel sauce, siracha mayo and some massage. Sure it was a complete abomination by classic Japanese sushi standards, but I enjoyed it, mayonnaise and all. If rolls are what you seek, you’ll find 40 signature ones and much more at Zen Sushi.
Location – 32545 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629
Website – http://zensushirestaurants.bkihost.net
Kid-Friendly – Yes
Kid’s Menu – Yes
Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly – Yes
Gluten-Free Options – Yes