Moto Azabu Sushi Bar & Grill, in Marina Del Rey, CA has reopened under social distancing guidelines, and is the perfect place to have your temperature taken and wear a mask in between sunny, sushi bites. I’ve been here several times and this was the first time I noticed Japanese Pancake Balls on the menu. The pancake signal rang out, and I answered.
They were cute. Four perfectly browned pancake balls with veggies and octopus inside, topped with bonito, seaweed flakes, pickled ginger, mayo, and “special sauce.”
The balls tasted like pancakes, maybe slightly more fried. The octopus inside was tasty, and all the toppings worked well. We may never know what the special sauce contains, but the whole appetizer was flavorful with a savory, complex mouthfeel.
JUST THE STACKS – 9/10 TASTY STACKS
Overall Taste: Slightly sweet and definite pancake flavor, plus octopus bites.
Mouthfeel: A little bit crunchy, a little bit creamy, a lot of delicious.
Size: Four large pancake balls.
Presentation: Nice small-sized ingredient stacking on top.