With a menu that combines Asian and American influences, it was a no-brainer for Rogue co-owner Kevin Ye to concoct a sushi pizza ($18), which debuted with the restaurant’s November opening. The shareable plate begins with sushi rice sandwiched between two sheets of seaweed that’s flash-fried until crispy. The “crust” is layered with chopped raw tuna and salmon, jalapeños, tomatoes, onions and scallions, then drizzled with spicy mayonnaise and sweet soy BBQ sauce.
Rogue, 222 Friend St., Boston (617-723-3222) rogueboston.com
Four varieties of sushi burrito inspired by co-owner Estefania Ladner’s Latino heritage beckon on-the-go diners to Sushi Kappo, which opened in December. The house favorite Kappo ($13) includes a sheet of nori layered with sushi rice, avocado, cucumber, lettuce and red cabbage that’s topped with spicy crabmeat and slices of tuna and salmon sashimi. Sushi lovers feeling saucy can add a drizzle of spicy mayo or sweet soy and a sprinkle of crispy tempura flakes before the burrito is rolled using a bamboo mat.
Sushi Kappo, 86 Peterborough St., Boston (857-263-8168) sushikappo.com
Newcomer Tora may have just opened in November, but the Chinatown spot specializes in a more traditional take on sushi: Kaisen don. Using a carefully selected grain of rice and fresh seafood, owner Kenix Wan aims to showcase quality ingredients in the simple sashimi and rice bowls. In the Uni Ikura Don ($24), she uses a secret vinegar mixture to make the sushi rice base before finishing the dish with marinated extra-large salmon roe and uni for a briny, sweet bite.
Tora, 20B Tyler St., Boston (617-542-6688) facebook.com/torajapaneserestaurant