Recently I had heard of what seemed only too good to be true: the sushi burrito. Could someone have possibly been genius enough to combine two of my favorite foods and make it taste good? The concept intrigued me and I had to try it, so I actively searched for the closest restaurant that makes it. I stumbled upon Hai Street Kitchen, which is located in Philadelphia. My friends and I are always looking for an excuse to travel outside of Bethlehem, so we decided to make a day trip to Philly and end it with a sushi burrito for dinner.
The restaurant was small and was set up Chipotle style – your wrap or bowl is created in an assembly line. Hai Street Kitchen offers signature items or you can create your own. I decided to create my own burrito, which is made using a nori wrap and brown or white rice. I got brown rice, tataki salmon, spicy gouchujang (which one of the employees described as a sauce that parallels Sriracha), spring mix, cucumber, pickled mango, green papaya salad, wasabi guacamole, and yucca chips. As sides they offer chips with wasabi guacamole, sweet corn tempura, and miso vegetable soup, but I decided to pass and just stick with the sushi burrito. It costs around $10, with the wasabi guacamole costing an extra 99¢.
The picture of my sushi burrito makes it appear bigger than it actually was. It wasn’t nearly as big as a Chipotle burrito, and it was actually the perfect size. It was filling but not too heavy, and had it been any bigger I think the flavors would have gotten old after a while. All in all, it tasted really good. It tasted exactly like a big sushi roll with salmon, vegetables, and some spice. I was hoping I would taste the wasabi guacamole more than I did, but the yucca chips added in a nice salty flavor and crunch. The ingredients were good and had it been normal size sushi rolls, I would consider it good sushi. It wasn’t the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten, and I wouldn’t drive to Philly just to eat it. It was tasty though and I would go back. And I can now happily say I’ve had the sushi burrito.
Hai Street Kitchen
32 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103