What: The Sushi Boat
Where: Hamachi Sushi, 31855 Date Palm Drive, No. 11, Cathedral City
How much: $14.99
Contact: 760-832-6160; www.hamachisushicc.com
Why: It’s a great value—and it’s delicious.
It was a Friday, around lunchtime. I was at Date Palm Drive and Ramon Road in Cathedral City to check the Independent’s mailbox. That morning, I’d sent the October issue to press, and after a long week of editing and ad-wrangling and pagination, I was tired and hungry.
After getting my mail at the UPS Store, I wandered a few doors down to Hamachi Sushi. I’d never eaten there before, and fresh fish sounded good.
I perused the menu, which features the items one would expect a Japanese/sushi joint to have. One item in particular stood out, so I chose that as my lunch: The sushi boat, featuring 10 pieces of assorted, chef’s-choice sushi, as well as a California roll, for $14.99. Seeing as the pairs of nigiri on offer at Hamachi are a reasonable $3.99 or more by themselves, this was a fantastic deal. (There’s also a sushi boat on the lunch menu; it’s $3 less, but only includes six pieces of sushi. That’s not as good of a deal, so I went with the “regular” sushi boat.)
I soon enjoyed some tasty miso soup and a small salad (included in the meal). When my lunch arrived a short time later, in a cute boat-shaped ceramic dish, I was impressed: Pairs of tuna, salmon, shrimp, snapper and a marinated fish of some sort were intermingled on the dish with the California roll pieces.
Everything was fresh. Everything was delicious. It was exactly what I was looking for—a filling, tasty lunch that would help me rejuvenate my tired body. It was also a bargain.
Thanks for making my stomach happy—and helping recharge my batteries, Hamachi Sushi. That sushi boat was exactly what I needed.