In The Raw

Don’t let the name fool you, this is a Sushi place not a sex shop. Although, I did have to have a chuckle about it when invited to go here for the first time recently. Also don’t be fooled by the idea that sushi and Tulsa don’t mix. Despite the distance from any ocean, this sushi joint offers very fresh and thickly cut fish. Situated atop one of the few hills of mentionable size in Tulsa, In The Raw not only offers sushi and Japanese dishes, but also one of the best views in and of the city. It really is a must go restaurant, even if you just want to go for a drink with friends.

As many people do, we started off our meal with a bowl of edamame. It is just one of those staple menu items that pretty much everyone always orders. Although there was nothing spectacular about what we received in terms of flavor, the portion size was significant. Definitely more than your average sushi place, and yet for the same price.

Each person in our party opted to order sushi, but decided to go with different Maki (roll) orders. I selected the Cody 2 Roll and the SC Slug Roll. The first is a basically a dressed up Spider Roll, containing the usual deep fried soft shell crab, but also including salmon, cream cheese, avocado and jalapeño all topped off with slices of eel, a coatings of both eel and spicy sauce, and a sprinkling of sesame seeds and scallions. It sounds like a lot to go into one roll, but was definitely delicious. It is definitely not a traditional sushi roll, but by American standards, I didn’t find it to be too much, which is great considering the number of ingredients.

The SC Slug Roll, on the other hand, was a fairly traditional inside out roll that was made up of raw yellowtail, tuna and salmon, all rolled in masago. Definitely a healthier alternative to my first roll.

One of the other table mates ordered was the Volcano Roll and the Spider Roll. The former of which contained deep fried shrimp, cream cheese, avocado and jalapeno on the inside and was dressed with scallops in a large helping of spicy sauce. Visually, you can understand why they named it the Volcano Roll as the spicy sauce is orangey red in color and completely covers the sushi and much of the plate. Tasty to some I’m sure, but you have to be a fan of the mayo based spicy sauce to enjoy it.

As it always is at every restaurant, the Spider Roll consisted of the usual deep fried crab, avocado, and cucumber. A good roll to be sure, but it was hard to stack up against the Cody 2 Roll that was staring it down from across the table. Although with fewer ingredients and no cream cheese, many would probably prefer this roll for being more simplistic and “traditional”.

Our last table guest opted for more basic sushi option, selecting the Spicy Tuna Roll. Typically, spicy tuna rolls utilize ground or finely chopped tuna and mix in a spicy mayo as the basis of the roll. Here, however, they used large cuts of tuna, cucumber and some sprouts spiced up with a bit of sriracha based dressing. Definitely one of the better Spicy Tuna rolls I’ve come across.

All in all our experience at In The Raw was very positive. The outdoor patio was wonderful to sit on during the balmy evenings of late summer. The view, well, the view is the best in the city and therefore hard to complain about or compare to. And the food was above expectation for a sushi restaurant in a Midwestern city. Fresh and thickly cut, it was nothing to scoff at. So, if you are in the Tulsa area and are looking for good food with a good view, you now know where to go.

Basic Info
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Features: Onsite Parking, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Address/Phone: 6151 S Sheridan Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133 / 918.524.0063
M-F 11:00 – 2:30
M- Th 5:00 – 10:00
Fr & Sa 5:00 – 11:00

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