Sushi came alive in north Arlington with the arrival of Miami-style Piranha.
But the southern suburbs are just as proud of their favorite: Suzushii.
Now, Suzushii Sushi & Grill has come north from Mansfield.
The newest location is open on Road to Six Flags, in the familiar 15-year home of the former Sushi Zone.
Suzushii, owned by the Pisesnakornkit family, 30-year local Thai and Japanese restaurateurs, is like Piranha in one respect: The chefs like to paint.
The rolls are drizzled with bright sauces, and the Mango Tango salmon-mango-avocado roll comes out looking like candy.
The signature Incredible Roll comes with shrimp tempura, crab and cream cheese, topped but not doused with four sauces that complement the crab flavor.
Other sauces are spared on the Spicy Lover roll, but that’s because the spicy tuna and spicy salmon are topped with a dab of Sriracha hot chile sauce.
The most colorful and flavorful dish of all is Suzushii’s version of a tower, a stack of avocado and crab with spicy tuna on top and enough colorful sauces to qualify for a modern art museum.
If you’re accustomed to the new-look sushi at Shinjuku Station or Little Lilly Sushi in Fort Worth, you’ll consider Suzushii a throwback. The room hasn’t changed much since 1997, when Sushi Zone became only the third sushi restaurant in the entire county (after I Love Sushi and Japanese Palace).
But If you’re just looking for someplace that isn’t loud or hectic, Suzushii fits well.
The north Arlington location is open daily for lunch and dinner at 915 E. Road to Six Flags; 817-459-2779, suzushiisushiandgrill.com.
Oktoberfest comes early
If you can’t go to Munich for the opening of Oktoberfest, try — the south side?
The Bastion, a special-events catering hall and culinary school, will host a special Munich-style dinner Saturday to mark the beginning of the official 10-day-long festival in Germany.
Chef Chandra Riccetti only promises a menu of “European comfort food.”
Dinner costs $60; reservations are required at 817-913-6972, bastionrestaurant.com.
Roll out the wieners
The big Oktoberfest party here is in Southlake Town Square, Oct. 4-6.
The event includes the Alpine Village Band, German dachshund “wiener dog” races and parades, and a festival hall on Main Street in front of Southlake Town Hall.
More at oktoberfestsouthlake.com.