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Food truck review: Crazy Fish sushi

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Posted 9:25am on Tuesday, Jun. 12, 2012

Disclaimer: I love sushi, I could eat it every single day for the rest of my life.

Back in December, when Dallas amended the regulations to allow food trucks to sell raw fish, I had dreams of two of my favorite things coming together and forevermore I would praise the awesomeness of sushi from a truck. Soon thereafter, DFW's first sushi truck, Crazy Fish announced they were hitting the streets. Crazy Fish's website makes it very clear that this is not a traditional sushi menu, but I'm open-minded about my food and understand that raw fish is not high on everyone's list, so kudos to them for finding a way to bring sushi to the masses, even with non-traditional items like marinated beef or teriyaki chicken rolls.

With non-tradition as my guide, off I went to Crazy Fish. My first visit, I ordered two rolls; first, because I judge all sushi restaurants by their California rolls, I ordered the Crazy California roll; next, the roll being promoted that day, Asian Persuasion. While I waited, I took in the sauce bar, labeled "it's all about the sauce" -- the shining star of Crazy Fish. Seven sauces are available, with everything from soy to sriracha to wasabi to various ginger sauces and honey sauce. I love the options.

After a very short wait, I received my rolls, in an unlabeled pack. I opened the first pack and dove right in. Because of the mild flavor, I assumed this was the Crazy California, but after doing some deconstructing found out that the milder of the two rolls was in fact the Asian Persuasion.

The Asian Persuasion is made with salmon, cream cheese, jalapeno, cucumber, wasabi cream and topped with sesame seeds. As I said, the flavor was mild, to the point that even my toddler ate one of the pieces.

Both the Crazy California and the Asian Persuasion rolls were smaller than your average sushi roll. Without sauce, they bordered on bland. Rolls are $6.50 for 1 or $10 for two.

Because I do love sushi, I was anxious to try Crazy Fish again, in hopes that my first outing was an off-day in the full-of-flavor department. On my second visit, I intended to try the same items again but was intrigued by their new menu item, the "Crazy Tower."

The menu shows that the Tower is made up of spicy tuna, crab salad, sweet and spicy tuna salad, avocado, topped with eel sauce and crunchy onions. For $11.50, this is the most expensive single item on any DFW food truck, so I was expecting to be awed with the best tasting item from any food truck.

What I wasn't expecting was a tower made up of so much rice, especially since rice is not listed as one of the ingredients on the menu. Yes, I know that Tower Rolls have rice in between fish layers, but every Tower I have eaten has rice an equal size of the fish layer. Even accepting the "non-traditional" concept of Crazy Fish, I believe the high ratio of rice to other layers made the whole Tower off-balance, which led to the "Not a Take Away Item" note. As soon as I took this picture, I picked up the Tower, it fell over and I lost the onion and half the spicy tuna layer. "Not a Take Away" includes the 10 feet to where you plan to sit to eat.

After I mixed the remaining layers, I took a bite and found the Tuna Salad layer. This layer had an odd texture, which led me back to the truck to ask for more information about the ingredients in the salad. While I never got a straight answer to my direct question, I was told that this layer was a mixture of tuna and other things to make the sweet 'n' spicy salad. I understand the need to protect recipes and proprietary information, but this was the first time I have asked a straight question to a food truck owner and did not get a straight answer. All I can tell you was the texture was very much non-traditional, and left to my own guessing and being unable to get more information, I would say that the texture was much like that of canned tuna.

After two trips to Crazy Fish, I have determined that I am very much a traditional sushi girl. I would love to see Crazy Fish up the size and flavor of their rolls and scale down the rice ratio of the Tower; more specific details about their ingredients would also be appreciated. For $11.50, I expect something that is a higher level than any other truck out. Unfortunately "Tuna Salad" made with what I believe to be canned tuna does not get me to the level where I feel like this truck is my sushi dream come true.

If you are a non-traditional sushi girl or guy, you can follow Crazy Fish on Facebook and Twitter to find out where they will be rolling next.

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