Lucky Chandlerians have plenty of sushi options following a wave of recent openings. For this comparative crawl, we picked the Warner-Ray dining nexus in West Chandler.
1. Assemble 6-8 people. Visit the restaurants in order.
2. Always order one spicy tuna cut roll (maki) to split, as a benchmark of comparison.
3. At the conclusion of the crawl, vote for Best Spicy Tuna Roll and Best Overall.
HI 5 SUSHI
The youngster of the bunch, this sushi-ramen hybrid opened last June and sports fun entrées like miso-glazed pork belly, with a handsome collection of maki rolls.
225 W. Warner Rd., 480-534-4269, facebook.com/hi5sushi
YAMA SUSHI HOUSE
Creative, Instagrammable maki rolls are the calling card at this 5-year-old eatery, e.g. the shaggy dog roll, a salmon-cream-cheese-cucumber number topped with a crab stick and a red shock of tobiko.
1175 W. Ray Rd., 480-664-6005, yamasushihouse.com
Finally, the unquestioned dean of Chandler sushi-dom. Don’t miss delicate, ethereal small plates like truffled amberjack and the Shimogamo Caprese. Killer tuna belly, too.
2051 W. Warner Rd., 480-899-7191, shimogamoaz.com