Restaurant Review: RED Sushi Madison


Favorite Sushi place in Madison. Hands down. Sam and I eat at RED Sushi like twice a month. It’s just too hard to stay away. So last night, I invited my friend Sara to join me for a night of trip planning and tasty rolls. I love introducing new people to my favorite places. Word of mouth is the best press and I would never want somewhere like RED to go out of business. So stop by and check it out people!

Although you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, I do have a few favorites. As a lover of dumplings, I like to start with the pan seared pork dumplings. Stuffed with ground pork, herbs and spices, they are fried to be nice and soft. The crew at RED is super fast, unlike most sushi spots, so you never have to worry about a super long dinner or long wait. They can pump those babies out! And their fish is always super fresh and cut to perfection. I am a big roll person, but there is definitely some tasty sashimi and nagiri. Like tuna belly (so fatty and delicious) or hamachi (so simple and good). But rolls are really where RED excels. They have a large variety of classic and unique choices.

Red Sushi

Out of the traditional rolls, Amigo is an absolute must. I never go to RED without ordering it. It is divine. The fresh jalepeno and cilantro pair perfectly with the yellow tail and it so bright and vibrant. Amazing roll. I got the Negi-toro for the first time last night and was not disappointed. I really enjoyed the pairing of the green onion with the fish. The fattyness from the tuna helps cut the bitter onion taste.

And on to the Signature rolls. Oh boy. Where to begin… I have gotten so many of the rolls on this portion of the menu, I could recommend almost any of them. On the cooked side, the shogun or the rainbow are awesome. Be prepared for a mouthful of flavor! The Red & Black is super unique. They slightly smoke the fish prior to the roll, which really sets up the palette for the whole roll. If you want something really hearty, the triple decker or the Atlantic are to die for. Who can turn down three types of fish? And if you want something with some texture, go for the fire cracker. The tempura flakes are an excellent touch to a classic roll.

Red Sushi


Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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