Best Thing We Ate

Wild Sushi Has Abalone From Hong Kong Right Now

By Tamara Palmer  |  March 3, 2014
Credit: Tamara Palmer

Wild Sushi (1524 Irving Street) has been open about a month in the former Goemon space in the Sunset. The quirky Chinese-owned Japanese restaurant churns out Americanized sushi rolls to the tune of K-Pop artists like BoA on the stereo. But there are a few welcome curveballs on the menu. Take the current special: two pieces of grilled abalone on a skewer ($7.99). The taste recalls the sweetness of scallops and squid, with a bit more body than each - a flavor enhanced by a sprinkle of shichimi togarashi pepper blend. Abalone can be rubbery if cooked improperly but here it's seared to the perfect subtle chew. Last night, we asked the server to find out where they're sourcing the shellfish and the chef excitedly hurried out of the kitchen and asked, "Did you like the abalone? It's a special order from Hong Kong!" The abalone skewer will be available at Wild Sushi for the next month — the duration of the abalone season overseas.