I’m finally getting around to writing a post about Jensei. Goodness, it was quite the weekend! Between two weddings and a quick trip home to Atlanta, I barely had time to sit, let alone write! But, I’m finally sitting down to share my experience at Jensei. PTL.
Last Thursday, my best friend Langley and I decided we needed a girls’ night for some of the best ever chick food: sushi! (Guys reading this that like sushi, GOOD for you. All the guys in my life hate sushi, so it has naturally evolved into girls’ night food). My typical sushi encounters these days are from the sushi bar at Fresh Market. Don’t get my wrong that sushi really is some of the best ever, but it doesn’t include the atmosphere that comes with dining at a real sushi bar. From the dim lights, to the authentic attire worn by the sushi makers themselves, going out for sushi really is quite the experience.
This given Thursday we started out by ordering green tea, complete with tiny Japanese teacups and a teapot! Green tea really is a great way to prepare your palette before a meal. With our tea, we enjoyed the best tempura fried green beans I have ever had. I’m not kidding. I am an avid tempura fried green bean orderer at PF Changs and these are just better. They are perfectly crisp with just the right amount of tempura batter. Sometimes tempura fried can get out of hand! Alongside the green beans was a perfectly spicy yum-yum sauce. It was a great compliment to the crisp veggies.
Next, for the main course, we shared the Jinsevichi, located under the ‘cold dishes’ portion of the menu. It was interesting. The tuna, avocado, jalapeño, caviar, green onion and sesame seed combination was wonderful, but what it was prepared and served on was what shocked me! I don’t know exactly what it was called, but it had a similar taste and texture of a grit cake. That’s right, you heard me, grit cake. I love a good grit cake, but underneath my ceviche? I’m just not so sure. It wasn’t the worst thing ever, but it absolutely challenged my taste spectrum. I would recommend it only to the sushi expert, with a fearless optimistic mind. We split a sushi roll too! We went with the JariJari Roll. This was one of the best sushi rolls I’ve had in awhile. I’m not kidding. Tempura fried shrimp, crab, avocado, cucumber, yamagobo and tempura flakes. What is yamagobo you ask? Great question. I had no idea. Yamagobo is a Japanese pickled burdock root! Well anyway, it went very well with the other flavors on this roll. Great choice!
Jensei is the perfect girls’ night location. It is a little on the pricy end, but if you split with a girlfriend like Langley and I did you’re looking at a $20-$25 meal with a drink! Not too shabby!