The space adjacent to Rakiraki Ramen & Tsukemen’s flagship location on Convoy Street, first home to Pokirrito and more recently The Yasai, a vegan sushi spot, has now expanded to offer Tokyo-style sushi under the name Matsuoka Pure Sushi. Conceived by owner Junya Watanabe and run by executive chef Hajime Matsuoka, it features a menu of traditional nigiri as well as a lesser-seen variation called temarizushi — small ball-shaped sushi that are usually prepared for parties and special occasions — topped with a selection of five to eight fish that will be available daily but could include halibut, fresh water eel, and sea urchin.
Matsuoka will also serve sushi rolls, from the classics to creative versions like the Shiokaze, which combines shrimp tempura, spicy bluefin tuna, snow crab, and crunchy eggplant, as well as bento boxes filled with nigiri, chirashi sushi, or multiple small courses modeled after a seasonal kaiseki meal. The sushi experience will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. daily, but the space will otherwise continue to operate and offer the menus of The Yasai, RakiRaki, and JCK, Watanabe’s Japanese fried chicken brand.
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