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Ronin Cafe and Sushi Bar – Lakeville, MN

Photo by Tim Dachtera

Photo by Tim Dachtera

After getting an invite a few weeks ago from Bill of Lazy Lightning to meet up at Ronin with a number of other of his readers and friends, the evening arrived and I ventured out in the crappy rain to meet up for some good food.

Looking thru the menu they have quite a number of sushi and other raw fish related options, as well as a handful of Thai dishes, soups, dumplings, and other assorted items on the menu. I went with a spicy tuna roll and an order of the chicken pad thai. Knowing Bill likes it hot, I asked for the ‘Bill spicy’ version of their 1-5 rating scale, which was written up as a 5+ on the order ticket. Others in the group had shahimi, curry dishes, and other things I couldn’t see from where I was sitting, but assumed others ordered things spicy as well, as soon after we ordered, my nose started to twitch. I got a little worried about my spice selection.

Photo by Tim Dachtera

Photo by Tim Dachtera

Our food started to arrive, and my tuna roll came out and looked excellent, it was a pretty big roll, and thin cut compared to other rolls I’ve had which were pretty small and chunky. After adding in a little wasabi to the soy sauce and remembering how to use chopsticks I dug in. The rice was firm and sticky like it should be, but not hard, and the tuna had a good flavor to it and didn’t taste too fishy. Generally, I’m not a huge sushi guy, and once every few months is enough for me, but I could certainly indulge on this more often.

My main dish came out, and brought a hint of spice with it in the air. I dug into my dish and all of the noodles and chicken did have some flavor too them, a bit of a sweetness, but nothing to overpower the food. Much like my dish from Mai Thai, the spice slowly grew on my as I ate thru the pile of noodles and chicken. At the end of the plate, I was plenty warm and the nose was clear. I was also quite full too. I had anticipated saving some for lunch, but realized it was too good to leave for the microwave to torture the next day.

Photo by Tim Dachtera

Photo by Tim Dachtera

The last item that was sprung on us by our waitress was an offer of a ‘cherry bomb’ I was very hesitant about trying one, just because I really don’t like peppers, and they really don’t like me. After some *prodding* by Bill, I agreed to split one with one of the others in our group.

Now, this thing, while it looks harmless on the outside, all fried and wrapped in bacon, is pure and utter hell to put in your mouth. I mean this in the nicest way possible. While peppers are not my thing, Oh… I forgot to mention, inside this bacon wrapped fried goodness is a habenero pepper stuffed with cream cheese. OK, where was I.. I can appreciate the item, I was rather a big ball of cursing ramblings on my commute home with my mouth on fire. I like hot food, but I’m also a texture guy, and I think the combination of not being fond of the pepper skin texture, and getting a mouthful of seeds, attribute my few choice words and funny looks.

Overall, for the $25.00 bill before tip (for the roll, pad thai and fat fire) the amount of food, the excellent service and great evening with friends was well worth it. I’ll certainly return, and have talked my dad into checking it out with me, just based on my mention of the cherry bomb to him, as he loves hot stuff.

I would suggest it for anyone who likes sushi or thai food, or anyone looking to try something new. You can get your meals in a range of 1-5 for spice, so even if you are a typical Minnesotan and consider ketchup spicy, you can find something here to appease your appetite.

Ronin Cafe and Sushi Bar
7704 160th St
Lakeville, MN 55044