Hojoko in Boston is known for their wasabi roulette - a sushi roll in which one unknown piece contains a rather large portion of wasabi inside. We were feeling brave so we decided to play.
Hojoko is a Japanese Izakaya restaurant located next to Fenway Park. Izakaya restaurants are traditional eateries in Japan known for smaller plates and always served with booze -- essentially, Japanese gastropubs. While wasabi roulette is a main attraction for Hojoko, they are also known for they spicy tuna rolls, California rolls (which are made with real crab, not imitation crab), yakitori and their award winning cheeseburger.
What exactly is wasabi roulette? It is a chopped hamachi yellowtail roll where one sole piece contains approximately 2 grams of wasabi hidden inside. Enough pieces of sushi are made for the group of people dining, but only one person will lose. To help calm the wasabi sensation, the loser of roulette will find relief in the horchata that is served in a baby bottle in the middle of the roulette plate.
The idea behind Hojoko was to make it a place where all things go - from eating sushi to drinking a pina colada, it is a place where everyone feels comfortable and can let loose.
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