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Full Moon variety of sushi
BY: Mark Hancock

Two things important for any sushi restaurants are quality ingredients and a menu that provides variety, and Full Moon Sushi in Norman offers both. 

Full Moon is relatively small and tucked away on Main Street in Norman, and it has a cozy dining space, which is ideal for a quiet dinner.

Here, meals begin with complimentary edamame. It’s served cold and sprinkled with a blend of spices that provide a kick.

To continue exploration of the menu, an order of crab cakes ($6.99) was made. The waiter quickly brought out two large cakes, accompanied by a garlic chive oil and a mango sauce.

The cakes were crispy, warm and flavorful. The dipping sauce was a pleasing addition; however, the flavor of the chive oil was overwhelming. The mango sauce was better suited, offering a sweet and tangy flavor to compliment the savory. It should be noted that the cakes were made with imitation crab meat, but this didn’t hinder the flavor.

For the main event - the sushi - the menu had a clear Western influence, with many offerings containing cream cheese and other nontraditional ingredients.

The Dude ($10.99), the seared tuna surprise ($9.99), the Dark Side ($9.99) and the nigiri hotate (3.99) were ordered and all happened to be on the spicy side.

The
Dude, recommended by the waiter, featured black pepper-seared escolar,
jalapeño, cream cheese, wonton crisps, green onion, avocado, spicy mayo
and cherry death sauce (a spicy concoction made in-house).

The
heat from the pepper mixed well with the less intense avocado and cream
cheese flavors, and the spicy mayo, cherry sauce and jalapeños added
the perfect amount of heat. The Big Lebowski reference gave me high expectations, and I was not disappointed.

The
seared tuna surprise included cream cheese, jalapeño, cilantro, wonton
crisps, spicy mayo, habañero masago and lime crème fraîche. The
ingredients were the perfect addition to go with the lightly cooked
tuna, and the crisps added a delectable texture. The cream cheese wasn’t
as subtle, but the roll was still quite tasty.

The
Dark Side featured imitation crab meat, jalapeño, wonton crisps,
avocado, miso mayo, black tobiko (small fish eggs) and Sriracha sauce.
The tobiko and wonton crisps mixed for an interesting feel, and the
Sriracha and jalapeño made this roll particularly spicy. The crab and
avocado flavors didn’t dominate, but their presence was clear.

The
nigiri hotate pieces weren’t anything fancy — just raw scallops and
rice. The scallops, clearly fresh, were flavorful but not the most
exciting part of the meal. It was enjoyable nonetheless.

With
bellies full of sushi, there was still room at the end of dining to
enjoy green tea ice cream ($4.99), a light and mildly sweet dessert. I
wasn’t disappointed with Full Moon’s version.

Full Moon
BY: Mark Hancock

Overall,
the atmosphere was comfortable, with soft lighting and décor that
included local art, plants and a large fish tank. There weren’t many
tables, but seating was available at the sushi bar, where guests can
watch food preparation.

The
staff was friendly and helpful, and the service was speedy. Our waiter
was open to making suggestions and seemed to know plenty about the
extensive menu.

While it might not be the most authentic in the metro, try Full Moon for unique and tasty sushi in a welcoming atmosphere.

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