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Nov 24

Sunny Blue Rice Balls

Sunny Blue Venice Main Street Santa Monica California

Sunny Blue Rice Balls Venice Main Street CASunny Blue Rice Balls

You usually have to travel to a foreign country to encounter a new dish that captures your taste buds and imagination, but yesterday I stumbled upon a narrow little hole in the wall called Sunny Blue along Venice’s Main Street.

“First Omusubi Store in Southern California”, caught my attention, and at first glance I had no idea what type of food to expect, but the minimalist interior piqued my interest and reeled me in for a closer look.

A trio of customers huddled together at the only available counter seating, and were tucking into their Omusubi, which was a triangular rice ball the size of a plump burger, encased in a Nori (edible seaweed) shell.

These rice balls are stuffed with a choice of vegan, fish and meat fillings, and the menu selections are written in Japanese and English on wooden paddles hanging behind the counter.

Sunny Blue Store Venice Main Street Santa Monica California

I opted for the Kara Tuna Omusubi, which is albacore tuna with diced cucumber, onion and a spicy mayo sauce, and I watched as the chef made my selection to order.

Warm white Onigiri rice was flattened onto a plastic sheet in his cupped hand, then my Tuna Salad mixture was added and the rice was molded around it to form the Rice Ball shape.

Omusubi Sunny Blue Venice Santa Monica California

It was like eating a Japanese version of a sandwich, and easy to eat as I wandered down the street to continue my window shopping. The mixture of warm rice and chilled filling, encased within a crispy and light Nori shell, was a more-ish combination of textures and flavors. I only ordered one, which was perfect for a grab-and-go snack, but next time I visit, I’m making a meal of it and ordering two!

Sunny Blue’s menu also include various side dishes like Edamame, Kimchee, Pickles, Salads and extra sauces – next time I’m ordering a side of the Godzilla Sauce, which is garlic, anchovy and red chili pepper sauce to dip your Rice Ball in. To finish your meal off, they offer vanilla, chocolate, plain tart or flavor of the month frozen yogurt with a overwhelming selection of toppings. The lady in front of me ordered their Sunny Blue Yogurt Special, which is the Plain Tart Yogurt with cornflakes, agave syrup and fresh fruit.

Sunny Blue Venice Main Street Santa Monica California

My first foray into Omusubi was delicious, and I’ll be coming back to Sunny Blue for a second taste. I did a little research to see how easy it would be to make these myself at home, and they don’t look too difficult, as long as you have the right rice to start with.

 

[important]Information Block for Sunny Blue

2728 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA

Telephone:  310.399.9030

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm

Website: http://www.sunnyblueinc.com 

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Sunny Blue Venice Main Street Santa Monica California