Scallop Kiwi Roll – Basho / Boston, MA

Scallop Kiwi Roll

Mixed Seafood, Seaweed Salad, Tempura Crumb, topped with Scallop, Kiwi, and Black Tobiko

After seeing this intriguing combination on the menu, I knew I had to try it.  I actually love scallops and I enjoy a good kiwi here and there, especially with strawberries.  However, I wasn’t very optimistic about this pairing, but I had to give it a whirl and hope for the best.

While I’m normally a fan of tobiko in general, I particularly found the black tobiko in this roll to be slightly overpowering.  the kiwi adds a nice and refreshing taste to the overall roll.  Specifically, the kiwi adds some nice acidity and a slight sweetness as well.  The scallions are nice, but hardly noticeable.  The seaweed salad particularly stands out and is quite delicious.  This roll is well balanced with a hint of heat that lingers in your mouth afterwards.  Solid and unique roll.

Fairly unique roll.  The textures of the kiwi and scallop can be a downer for those seeking some crunch.  Perhaps if there was cucumber, or the tempura was fried slightly longer it would be more balanced in terms of overall textures?

Basho Japanese Brasserie
1338 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215


Grade: B-

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