Diner in disguise: Very special sushi

Popular opinion said most sushi restaurants draw mainly under-35 scenesters but that’s really not the case anymore. It may have been true in the ’90s but enjoying sushi is really a multi-generational thing nowadays.

When we enter Twins Sushi at around noon we discover that only two tables were full, aside from us. The place is small, with a sushi counter, about 10 tables, rows of weird bottles of sake and a couple of metal Japanese kanji symbols for love and peace.

I check the menu. Prices are good, really good, starting with the Kappy Maki (eight pieces of cucumber roll) for $2.85. Vegetable tempura, seven pieces, will set you back a mere $6.25. The dinner menu is full of specialty items such as Dakoi’s Roll (soft shell crab and baby shrimp topped with avocado and sake — YUM!). I make a mental note to come back for dinner in the near future.

But I concentrate on the lunch specials and the Bento Box combos, in particular, at Rook’s suggestion.

He’s right, again. The big square plate is packed with a generous portion of sesame chicken, Gyoza, a mound of “sticky rice” and a refreshing green salad in addition to a starter of miso soup. This is when I realize how rusty I’ve gotten with the sushi scene. I have to ask Linda, the third guest at our table, how to use that green wasabi horseradish. How could I forget the soy sauce, the mixing? Everything was dee-lish, especially that Gyoza roll.

Now, suddenly, the place fills up and soon all age groups are represented. As the other diners’ dishes are served I notice that everything Twins Sushi presents is sheer elegance. This one’s an eight-segment eel-crab-shrimp caterpillar roll, $8.95. That’s mine, next time.

“It’s the best kept secret in Cameron Park,” said Linda, who has been eating there since their grand opening three years ago. Because of her familiarity with the owners she gets special treatment. She asks for the “black rice” and Rook and I give her a quizzical look. “What the heck’s ‘black rice’?” We ask in unison. “It’s special, healthier rice that’s considered a delicacy.” I ignorantly try to sound knowledgeable by asking if the rice is boiled in squid ink to get that vibrant black color and am rewarded by strange looks and giggles. Fine. It’s a special kind of rice, reserved for special people like Linda. It looks delicious, though, and Linda nods in agreement.

“If you’re a regular at Twins Sushi,” said Linda, “you’re in. We know who we are.”

Truth is, they made Rook and I, first timers that we were, feel just as special as Linda. But don’t tell her I said that. I don’t want to burst her bubble.

Twins Sushi is located at 3000 Green Valley Road, Suite B, in Cameron Park. The phone number is (530) 672-8826. They are open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

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