Find it: 2677 86th St., Urbandale
Info: takisteakhouse.com, 331-3030
Some know Taki for its vibrant hibachi grill, with tricks, fire and saki bombs. Some know Taki for its sushi, with a quiet bar, extensive menu and fresh fish. With Taki’s menu, sushi snobs and newbies alike have many choices, all carefully prepared and artfully presented. Beyond yellowtail, red snapper and salmon nigiri, options like sea urchin, quail eggs and surf clam offer exotic choices for traditionalists. Specialty rolls, like the D Rock Special (salmon and yellowtail tempura fried and served with a spicy dipping sauce) and Happy Days (eel, shrimp tempura, egg, avocado and cucumber wrapped in soy paper and topped with eel sauce) are fun takes on fusion.
Try: Futomaki. It may not be the most popular roll, but for those who want a light or vegetarian version of sushi, the Futomaki is a great choice. Avo- cado, carrot, cucumber, tofu and fig are neatly wrapped together between rice and seaweed.