I had the pleasure of spending some girly time with a good friend on Saturday. Our time consisted of a much-needed pedicure and a sushi and wine lunch when we were done. Sushi En, an award-winning restaurant, is located right next to the nail salon we went to, so it was a convenient choice.
Sushi En doesn’t have a printed gluten-free menu, but they are knowledgable about what gluten is, what foods contain gluten and offer a plethora of gluten-free choices, including gluten-free soy sauce. After taking some time to peruse the menu, I settled on the Caterpillar Roll.
It was out of this world! The roll consists of spicy tuna wrapped in avocado and is supposed to be topped with masago, but I was told that it contained gluten. I had never really heard that before, so I asked them to leave it off and did some investigating when I got home. Turns out that while the masago (roe) is gluten-free, the solution it is cured in may not be depending on what is used.
Speaking of things to watch out for when dining in Japanese restaurants, I have included some of those below.
- Imitation crab (can contain wheat)
- Buckwheat noodles (may not be 100% buckwheat)
- Soy sauce (may be brewed with wheat)
- Sauces (may be made with soy sauce that isn’t gluten-free, so ask)
When in doubt, leave it out. Ask questions, be polite. If you don’t feel comfortable with the answers you receive, don’t take any chances.
Sushi En is located 1051 Gemini Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240, right next to the Rave Motion Pictures theater.