The downtown restaurant (sandwiched between Umami Burger and Chantal Guillon, near Kipling Street) is Sushirrito's fourth. Owner Peter Yen first came up with the concept (and trademarked it) in 2008 as a downtown San Francisco worker who craved sushi that wasn't expensive nor time-consuming to eat, but was still high quality.
Three years later, Yen teamed up with Ty Mahler, formerly executive chef at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion in San Francisco, to open the first Sushirrito in January 2011. Two others nearby in San Francisco followed, and Sushirrito laid claim to the 448 University Ave. space several months after Sabrosa Taqueria shuttered in April 2014.
"We've been interested in expanding the Sushirrito brand beyond San Francisco, and Palo Alto is an exciting next step," Yen said in a press release. "University Avenue is a strong destination for food, frequented by Bay Area locals, professionals and college students who crave quality and unique flavors.
The menu at all locations features eight main hand-held, made-to-order sushi burritos stuffed with combinations of raw or cooked fish, meat, veggies, rice and often Asian- or Latin-style sauces and additions. There's the popular " Geisha's Kiss" (Yellowfin tuna, tamago, piquillo peppers, yuzu tobiko, lotus chips, cucumber, butter lettuce, avocado and sesame white Soya; $12) as well as the "Porkivore" (oven-roasted pork belly, shaved cabbage, red radish, avocado, cilantro and mustard seed mayo; $9:50). There's also a vegetarian sushi burrito with Japanese eggplant and portobello mushroom fries ($9), a yellowfin tuna salad ($10) and Asian-fusion nachos ($8).
The sushi burritos range in price from $9 to $13. All fish is sourced from Royal Hawaiian Seafood, which focuses on responsibly produced fresh and live seafood, and is delivered and cut daily, according to Sushirrito's website.
The Palo Alto restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.