As if Ibby’s, tempurpedic mattresses, and free yoga classes weren’t enough, WashU has reintroduced a fad that takes its bougie-ness to a whole new level: sushi in the dining hall. After a small mis-advertisement scandal earlier this year, sushi rolls have finally found their way back to Paws & Go, the grab and go food mart inside Bear’s Den.

Needless to say, my immediate response was pure excitement. I simply could not wait to reintroduce my favorite food into my college diet, let alone pay for it with meal points.

First Impressions

What I first noticed about the sushi was the impressive wide variety of types and the unimpressive price. Veggie rolls are being sold for $7.95 and tuna and salmon rolls for $9.25. The expensive prices clearly didn’t stop students from trying it though—the rolls were almost gone by lunchtime. I decided to go early in the day and try my favorite sushi classics. Here were my impressions:

Tuna Avocado Roll

Michelle Valner

This roll, which is my all time favorite thing to order at sushi restaurants, was obviously the first one I gravitated towards upon my (read: life-changing) discovery that sushi has been brought back to BD. Unfortunately, the roll didn’t quite live up to my expectations. The white rice was pretty hard and dry, and the fish tasted just a little too fishy for comfort. 

Salmon Avocado Roll

After my subpar experience with the Tuna Avocado roll, I was reluctant to give BD sushi another chance. I was still holding out hope however, and actually ended up being pleasantly surprised by the salmon avocado roll, which was much tastier and fresher than its tuna counterpart. 10/10 would recommend—well done, WashU dining services.

Veggie Roll

Like the tuna avocado roll, the rice on this one was pretty stale. That being said, the roll itself, which included cucumber, avocado, carrot, and radish, definitely satisfied my craving for sushi. Even though the salmon avocado roll will always be #1 in my heart, this one came in as a very close second. 

As the shock and excitement of sushi on campus begins to set in, we can only hope that the sushi sticks around and starts showing up in more dining halls. While it may not be gourmet, I don’t think too many college students can boast that they eat sushi in the dining hall with their kombucha—not too shabby, WashU.