Downtown Ue Kara: Sushi goes Mexican?

Everybody around here knows it: Arturo's take on sushi has Baja written all over it

Big surprise at this little place next to the old Churchill Hotel.

Arturo, who owns Ue Kara Grill (819 C Street, 619-231-0865...it means "From Above" in Japanese) has decided to put his Mexican background into his sushi. 

"I was taught by a Japanese sushi chef, but the guy who was my supervisor was Mexican-American. He started giving me these ideas," he says. 

So Arturo makes sushi specials like molé roll and adobada roll (this has adobada with salsa in the middle). "I use jalapeño and lime, and less wasabi," he says. "A little bit spicier than traditional sushi. And I use fruit, like kiwi and mango. It's not traditional, but I get away with it."

He's telling me this while I munch on Lunch Combo #2, which is three 4-piece rolls, California, crunchy and spicy tuna. Specially like the crunchy. And it's a deal at $6.99. 

Arturo has been here two and a half years. That's an achievement, in this spot, between 8th and 9th. Places before him have come and gone in short order. 

Oh what thu heck. This Mexican-Japanese thing is too interesting. Think I'll have something else. 

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