On October 2012 (our inaugural event), a party bus loaded with both sushi-enthusiasts and sushi-virgins embarked on a mission: to sample a wide variety of sushi from great restaurants all over Des Moines and have a GREAT time!

We started at Appare Japanese Steakhouse, then rolled through to Sakura Sushi, Waterfront Seafood Market (WDM), Gateway Market and finally Sakari Sushi Lounge. Each restaurant pulled out all the stops, inviting us to sample the best and most creative sushi they had to offer.

My goal is to make this an semi-annual event. As new sushi restaurants make their way to Des Moines, I’ll do my best to get them involved with the event. I’d love your feedback!

Below is the schedule for a previous DSM Sushi Roll to give you an idea of what to expect at the next event.

Tickets cost $55 and attendees received at least 14 pieces of sushi and transportation via party bus with coolers to store their BYO beverages. Guests arrived at Appare at 11:45am to check in. Sushi was served buffet-style. The bus returned to Appare by 4:15pm.

Japanese SteakhouseArrive: 11:30am
Sushi: 12:00pm
Load: 12:30pm
Depart: 12:45pm
1 California – avocado, cucumber, crabSpicy Salmon (raw) – spicy salmon w/ tempura crunchShrimp Tempura – tempura shrimp, avocado, cucumberManhattan Maki – tempura roll w/ spicy salmon, cheese, crabBuddha – honey roasted peanuts w/ avocado
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Sakura Sushi

Arrive: 1:00pm

Depart 1:30pm

1 Sakura (raw) – spicy tuna, salmon, yellowtail, avocado, wrapped in soybean paper w/ special sauceFancy – fresh shrimp, mango, asparagus, topped w/ spicy crabHawkeye – eel, spicy crab, cream cheese, topped w/ mango, eel, spicy sauceSuper Crunch – spicy crab, cream cheese, avocado, jalapeno, deep friedJRBBQ eel, cream cheese, avocado, deep fried

Dynamite – white fish tempura, crab, eel, avocado, cream cheese, deep fried

Strawberry – BBQ eel, cucumber, crunch w/ fresh strawberry, strawberry sauce

Iowa State (raw) – tuna, cucumber, cream cheese, yellow tobiko, topped w/ red tuna

LA – smoked salmon, mozzarella cheese, avocado, deep fried, served w/ special sauce

AAC (veg) – cucumber, avocado, asparagus

Futo Maki (veg) – crab, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, sweet egg, osinko

Angry Dragon (raw) – crispy shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, papaya, topped w/ crab, special sauce

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Wasabi Tao

Arrive: 1:45pm

Depart 2:15pm

1 Out of Control (raw) – spicy crab & tuna, cream cheese, jalapeno, shiro, wrapped in nori, fried w/ yuzu miso sauceAngry Tuna (raw) – white tuna tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, topped w/ peppered tuna, special sauceItalian Stallion (raw) – shrimp tempura, mango, spicy tuna wrapped in nori w/ spicy crab, yuzu miso sauceKirkwood Hotel (raw) – salmon tempura, mango, asparagus w/ spicy tuna, spicy mayo, special sauce
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Wasabi Chi

Arrive: 2:30pm

Depart 3:00pm

1 King crab crunch (raw) – tempura roll, king crab, yellowtail, onion, topped w/ spicy tuna, spicy mayo, unagi sauceMarilyn Monroll (raw) – spicy tuna & salmon, avocado, topped w/ torched white tuna, garlic sauceSpicy 2 in 1 (raw) – shrimp tempura, spicy salmon & tuna, avocado, wrapped in chili nori, chili sauce
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Arrive: 3:15pm

Depart: 3:45pm

1 Waterfront – shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocadoHawaiian – crab, cream cheese, mangoDynamite Spicy Tuna (raw) – tuna, spicy mayo, smelt roeAnkeny – shrimp tempura, mango, cream cheese, cucumber, topped w/ crab, eel sauce, spicy mayoGodzilla – shrimp tempura, crab, cream cheese, garlic, fried, topped w/ Sriracha, eel sauce, tempura flakes & scallions

Chuck Norris – tuna, crab, mango, cream cheese, tempura, fried, topped w/ sauce, flying fish roe