EAT This Week: Drunken Monkey’s Tomoe Maki Roll

To try and decide each week where and what to eat in and around the basin can be a challenge – there are so many amazing choices. In this feature we’ll dive into dishes that will surely satisfy those hunger pangs and leave you wondering where to go next.

My family of six is a sushi family through and through. No joke, earlier this week for our youngest son’s ninth birthday we all went out for sushi as a family and destroyed 12 rolls (plus a couple other odds and ends). That should give you a little insight as to just how much I/we enjoy it. So it probably goes without saying that I’m super excited to be sharing with you this week’s feature.

Drunken Monkey’s Tomoe Maki Roll.
Rob Galloway / Sierra Sun

Now, I realize sushi is not everyone’s cup of tea. But for many people it’s like the teacup at the top of the mountain – and this roll is no exception. The main wrapped components of this dish consist of ahi tuna, escolar, and salmon. Once rolled, it gets a very light tempura fry, then sliced and finished off with a chipotle aioli and green and orange tobiko.

The stars of the dish are (naturally) the power trio of the fish. If you were to compare it to a band, you’re looking at top line power trios like Nirvana, Cream or The Police – it’s that’s tasty. When you get the flavors of the salmon (silky and creamy), the escolar (rich and buttery), combined with the ahi (mild and meaty), they play off each other so well it’s amazing why you don’t see these three combined more often.

That airy tempura fry does just enough to provide a textural crunch but without weighing the dish down. The aioli not only compliments each of the distinctive fishes, it also provides a little heat. That, combined with the green tobiko (which is flavored with wasabi), provides a perfect one-two punch.

Any time you’re going to Drunken Monkey you can expect a certain experience that doesn’t disappoint. Coming off their recent wins in the Best Sushi, Seafood, and Asian Dining categories in the Best of North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, even if you don’t like sushi, there’s really something for everyone. But I’d certainly recommend this roll as one to add to the table.

Drunken Monkey is located at 11253 Brockway Rd, Ste. 105 in Truckee. For menu and general information visit them online at or reach them by phone at 530-582-9755.

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