Just Roll With It!

Echo Sushi is a prize to North Phoenix/Anthem

By Shelley Sakala

Some communities wait years to get an authentic, locally owned sushi restaurant. North Phoenix/Anthem has one right now—and it’s fantastic! Say hello to Echo Sushi.

Don’t let the strip mall location fool you. The food here is legit, and the sushi is just the beginning. Echo serves up top-rate poke bowls, hearty ramen dishes, noodle and fried rice entrees, and bigger-than-expected bento boxes. While it’s not the largest or trendiest sushi restaurant in town, it holds its own with food quality, service, and friendly staff.

The menu features more than 40 kinds of sushi and sashimi, and 30 varieties of sushi rolls, ranging from fresh salmon to baked scallops to the fantastic lobster volcano roll (baked langostino, masago, green onion, eel sauce and spicy mayo on a California roll).

For the carb-conscious, they offer two types of no-rice protein rolls wrapped in either cucumber or soy paper. A signature offering with their entrees is black rice. In addition to being higher in protein and lower in carbs than white or brown rice, it’s considered to be a high-fiber superfood, packed with antioxidants. It’s got a subtle but unique flavor as well as a more chewy and substantial mouth feel than regular white rice.

The interior décor is minimalist and cozy, with plenty of wood and stone surfaces that create an ambience of chic yet casual comfort. Beautiful pendant lighting and soft, darker paint colors make it a good spot for date night. Shorts and a T-shirt are just fine, but you wouldn’t feel out of place if you dressed up a tad. This full-service restaurant has seating at tables and its wraparound sushi bar. It’s about the size of a small café

One of the quirks of Echo Sushi is its lack of a website (which makes it challenging to order takeout). Thankfully, their loyal customers have posted pics of their menu on Yelp! That being said, I prefer to enjoy my sushi in the restaurant, especially during the summer. Take-out sushi can be a dicey proposition on a hot August night in Arizona.

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