5 Spice Happy Hour


5 Spice

I already wrote about 5 Spice but the Wife and I wanted to go back to check out their $5 Happy Hour Menu. The Wife and I can’t get enough sushi or even Asian food. So when you say that you have sushi rolls for $5 and its from a quality restaurant like 5 Spice makes me want to jump at the chance.

We surveyed the options and opted out of the ridiculous $5 edamame but went for the Assorted Tempura, 5 Spice Beef Satay, Drunken Clams, and Sesame Crusted Lamb w/ Peppercorn Sauce. We also got the Philly Roll and Unagi Roll off of the $5 Happy Sushi menu.

The drunken clams were very good and had a little bit of a bite to them. I’d definitely get the drunken clams again.

The lamb was amazing and well worth the 5 bones. On our first visit and again on this one I thought that it was odd that a fork was available next to a pair of chopsticks. Well when the lamb is placed on a generous scoop of mashed potatoes and gravy, you need a fork. The mashed potatoes were some of the best I’ve ever had. Get this dish!

The 5 Spice Beef Satay wasn’t really what I was expecting. The drawback to the happy hour menu is that there are not descriptions for some of the dishes. As you can see from the photo, the 5 Spice Beef Satay might have been the Filet Mignon Lollipop. I don’t know but I wouldn’t order this again. It was not worth the $5.

Finally, the sushi rolls. I didn’t get a photo of the rolls which is going to hurt me on the credibility of this comment. They are soooo not worth it. A normal Philly Roll or California Roll is $8 (unagi was not listed on the options for rolls on the normal menu). The rolls we received were barely the size of HALF of a normal roll. So instead of $8 for a full roll, you pay $5 for half a roll. LAME. I would definitely NOT recommend the happy hour sushi at this time.

The Wife said that our $5 orders were not enough and we needed something else. She ordered the Fantastic Four Sampler – $18. One each of the following:

Hasu (Lotus) – (Seared ahi tuna wrapped around rice, topped with snow crab and a ginger ponzu sauce)

Kinofuji (Spiketail) – (Avocado wrapped around rice, topped with unagi, tobiko, and unagi sauce)

Sakura (Cherry Blossom) – (Maguro wrapped around rice, topped with tobiko and quail egg)

Momiji (Maple) – (Baked salmon wrapped around rice and topped with spicy scallop and tobiko)

Beautiful presentation and everything was very good. However, $18 was a bit steep for what you get. If you get any of these items by themselves it’ll cost you $8 for a pair. So four pieces would only be $16 but I guess I understand the extra work involved to make four singles. Good but I don’t think I’d drop another $18. It was great to try all four though.

All in all, I enjoyed getting to try some of the dishes like the Lamb without paying $26 for the entree portion. If you go for Happy Hour, try some of the dishes but avoid the Happy Hour sushi. Man up and get sushi off the regular menu…trust me.

5 Spice Fusion and Sushi Bar
821 NW Wall Street
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 323-2328
Daily 4:00pm-Close
Happy Hours 4:00pm-6:00pm

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Jen F January 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I agree about the happy hour sushi. The sushi at Mio is better than the happy hour sushi at 5 spice.

I really liked the Ahi Poke from the happy hour menu though. It's served on a tempura-fried rice ball (or something) with a light sauce. Nice serving size and very tasty.


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