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Arigato Burrito: Japanese and Mexican Fusion?!

Japanese tacos! We were honestly a little skeptical at first – thinking it sounded a lot like Sushirrito, which has been around for years – but Arigato Burrito really took their menu in a different direction and we’re super glad we made the drive out to Oakland, CA to give them a try. Arigato Burrito is a pop up started by the amazing people behind Onigilly, a fantastic Japanese onigiri fast casual spot with locations all over the Bay Area. Arigato Burrito serves all kinds of Japanese-inspired tacos and burritos that are genuinely tasty, but they also have some other sides like chicken karaage, edamame, miso soup, and shrimp tempura among others so you can fulfill your Japanese cravings in addition to the fusion. Look for them on DoorDash, Grubhub, UberEats, and Postmates if you want to give them a try – and without further ado, let’s take a closer look at some of our faves!

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Tacos

These three tacos are each incredibly delicious. Each order comes with two tacos, and from left to right, these are The Shogun Taco, The Pollo Katsu Taco, and The Ronin Taco. If you’re looking for something more refreshing, definitely go for the fish. The Shogun is crafted with ahi tuna dressed in ginger ponzu over nori and wasabi slaw with sliced onions, scallions and fresh cilantro. It’s always a good time for ahi tuna, and the wasabi slaw is really tasty, but don’t expect to get that wasabi rush – it’s actually very mild. We like lots of wasabi, so we’d actually prefer for the slaw to be stronger, but it still had a great, creamy texture.

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The Pollo Katsu consists of chicken katsu over rice and wasabi slaw, with sliced onions, cilantro and Tonkatsu sauce. This one definitely felt heartier, so if you’re looking to be totally full, or if raw fish isn’t your thing, their chicken katsu is pretty darn good.

The Ronin Taco is prepared with salmon dressed in ginger ponzu over nori and wasabi slaw with sliced onions, scallions and fresh cilantro. This was probably our favorite, but we’re a little biased towards salmon…

Burritos

The burritos are a similar concept and have similar ingredients to Arigato Burrito’s tacos. The first one we tried was The Sensei, which is made with Japanese-style fried shrimp, wasabi slaw, crab salad, rice, sliced onions, and fresh cilantro with creamy lemon-miso sauce.

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The next one we tried was The Samurai, which consists of pork katsu, rice, green cabbage, spicy lotus root, fukujin-zuke, fresh cilantro with Japanese dark curry sauce.

What are your thoughts on fusion food? Would you give this a try? Get at us at @nomtasticfoods on Instagram and let us know!

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