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Classic Maki Sushi | Aya Sushi

Maki sushi, which is also well known to be "sushi rolls," is characterized by its cylindrical shape. Traditional methods of making the roll typically consists of sushi rice and various ingredients such as fresh seafood, vegetables, and sauces, all wrapped in a sheet of nori (seaweed). The roll is then sliced into bite-sized pieces, making it convenient to enjoy and share. 


This versatile dish offers delightful combinations of flavors and textures, making it a favorite among sushi lovers everywhere.

History and Origins

Maki sushi traces its origins back to the Edo period in Japan (1603-1868), where it evolved from traditional sushi techniques. Originally, sushi was consumed as a way to preserve fish by fermenting it with rice. Over time with expert culinary experience, sushi chefs experimented with various ingredients and presentation styles, leading to the creation of different sushi techniques and types, including Maki sushi.

Our Classic Maki Sushi Selection

At Aya Sushi, we pride ourselves on our expertise in Japanese cuisine, offering not only traditional methods but also innovative sushi techniques influenced by culinary practices from various countries. Our chefs bring years of experience and a passion for sushi-making that transcends borders, ensuring each roll is crafted to perfection with the finest ingredients.


Ingredients: Softshell crab, lettuce, kewpie (Japanese mayonnaise), cucumber, avocado, tobiko (fish roe), tamari (soy sauce).

This roll features crispy softshell crab paired with avocado and refreshing cucumber, complemented by the creamy texture of kewpie and the slight pop of tobiko. A drizzle of tamari enhances the umami flavors, making it a favorite among seafood enthusiasts.


Ingredients: Shrimp tempura, kewpie (Japanese mayonnaise), cucumber, avocado, tobiko (fish roe), tamari (soy sauce).

Crispy shrimp tempura takes center stage in this roll, balanced perfectly with creamy avocado and crunchy cucumber. Tobiko adds a burst of flavor and texture, while kewpie and tamari bring a harmonious blend of richness and savory notes.


Ingredients: Spicy mayo, tuna, cucumber, togarashi (Japanese chili pepper), tamari (soy sauce).

For those who enjoy a kick of spice, the Spicy Maguro roll offers diced tuna mixed with spicy mayo and cucumber, topped with a sprinkle of togarashi. The combination of flavors is accentuated by the tamari dipping sauce, creating a satisfying and spicy sushi experience.


Ingredients: Tuna, tamari (soy sauce).
Simple yet elegant, the Tekka roll showcases high-quality tuna paired with tamari, allowing the natural flavors of the fish to shine through. This classic choice is perfect for purists who appreciate the essence of fresh seafood.


Ingredients: Spicy mayo, salmon, cucumber, togarashi (Japanese chili pepper), tamari (soy sauce).
Featuring tender salmon combined with spicy mayo and cucumber, the Spicy Sake roll offers a delightful balance of heat and coolness. Topped with togarashi for an extra kick, each bite is a symphony of flavors complemented by tamari.


Ingredients: Salmon, tamari (soy sauce).
The Sake roll highlights buttery salmon with a touch of tamari, delivering a smooth and satisfying taste profile. It's a must-try for salmon lovers looking for a traditional sushi experience.


Ingredients: Spicy mayo, yellowtail (hamachi), cucumber, togarashi (Japanese chili pepper), tamari (soy sauce).
Description: Yellowtail lovers will appreciate the Spicy Hamachi roll, which combines the delicate flavor of yellowtail with spicy mayo and crisp cucumber. Togarashi adds a hint of spice, while tamari provides depth to this flavorful creation.


Ingredients: Yellowtail (hamachi), green onions (negi), tamari (soy sauce).
The Negi Hamachi roll features yellowtail and fresh green onions wrapped in nori, offering a clean and savory taste that is both simple and satisfying. Tamari enhances the natural sweetness of the yellowtail, making it a refreshing choice.


Ingredients: Cucumber, tamari (soy sauce).
A vegetarian delight, the Kappa roll features crisp cucumber wrapped in nori and seasoned with tamari. Its simplicity and freshness make it a perfect option for those looking for a light and healthy sushi experience.


Ingredients: Avocado, tamari (soy sauce).
Our Avocado roll, features a creamy avocado wrapped in nori and served with tamari. Its smooth texture and subtle flavors make it a delightful choice for both vegetarians and sushi enthusiasts alike.

Ingredients and Flavor Profiles

Maki sushi's versatility lies in its ability to combine various ingredients to create diverse flavor profiles:


Fresh fish such as tuna, salmon, yellowtail (hamachi), shrimp, and crab are common choices. 

These are often served raw or lightly cooked to preserve their natural flavors.


Cucumber, avocado, carrots, and sprouts add freshness and crunch to maki sushi. 

These ingredients provide a contrast in texture and a burst of color to each roll.

Condiments and Sauces

Traditional Japanese condiments like soy sauce (tamari), wasabi (Japanese horseradish), and pickled ginger (gari) accompany maki sushi to enhance flavors and refresh the palate between bites.

Specialty Ingredients

Some rolls feature unique additions like tobiko (fish roe), spicy mayo (mayonnaise mixed with chili sauce), and togarashi (Japanese chili pepper) to add layers of flavor and texture.


Experience Classic Maki Sushi through our array of offerings, both in our physical restaurant and virtually:

Learn the art of rolling sushi and discover the intricacies of flavor pairing firsthand in hands-on sushi-making sessions led by our skilled chefs.



Explore our digital guides and tutorials, designed to enhance your understanding and appreciation of Classic Maki Sushi. From step-by-step recipes to insights into sushi culture, our digital platform ensures you can enjoy the essence of Japanese cuisine from the comfort of your home.

Enjoying Maki Sushi

Eating maki sushi is not just about enjoying the flavors but also appreciating the artistry and craftsmanship behind each roll. Whether enjoyed as a quick snack or as part of an elaborate sushi meal, maki sushi offers a delightful culinary experience that appeals to sushi lovers of all ages.

To fully appreciate the flavors of Maki sushi:

  • Dip each piece lightly into soy sauce.

  • Add wasabi directly to the soy sauce or place a small amount on the sushi.

  • Consume pickled ginger between different types of sushi to cleanse the palate.

At Aya Sushi, we take pride in offering a variety of classic maki sushi rolls prepared with care and attention to detail. Each roll on our menu is created using traditional methods and sushi techniques to deliver an authentic taste of Japanese cuisine, using the freshest ingredients available. Join us to discover why Classic Maki remains a timeless favorite in Japanese cuisine.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Classic Maki Sushi

Welcome to the FAQs section where we answer common questions about Classic Maki Sushi and dining at Aya Sushi. If you have any additional inquiries, feel free to contact us directly for more information.

1. What makes Classic Maki Sushi different?

Classic Maki Sushi at Aya Sushi is crafted using traditional Japanese techniques combined with innovative influences from around the world. Our rolls feature high-quality ingredients and are prepared with meticulous attention to flavor and presentation.

2. Are there options for vegetarians or those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, we offer vegetarian options such as the Kappa roll (cucumber) and Avocado roll. We also accommodate dietary preferences whenever possible. Please inform our staff about any allergies or dietary restrictions, and we will assist you in selecting suitable dishes.

3. Are there gluten-free options available?

While sushi rice and many ingredients used in maki sushi are naturally gluten-free, some sauces and toppings may contain gluten. Please inform our staff about any gluten allergies or dietary concerns so we can guide you to suitable options.

4. How fresh are the ingredients used in your maki sushi?

We prioritize freshness and quality in every dish. Our seafood is sourced responsibly and delivered fresh to ensure optimal taste and texture. Vegetables and other ingredients are also selected for their freshness and flavor.

5. Do you offer sushi-making classes or experiences?

Yes, we offer hands-on sushi-making classes where you can learn the art of rolling sushi from our experienced chefs. It's a great way to gain insight into Japanese culinary techniques and create your own delicious maki sushi.

6. How can I make a reservation at Aya Sushi?

You can make a reservation by calling us directly or using our online reservation system on our website. We recommend making reservations, especially during peak dining hours, to ensure availability.

7. Where can I find more information about your menu and restaurant?

For more details about our menu, restaurant hours, location, and special offers, please visit our website or follow us on social media.


We hope these FAQs have answered your questions about Classic Maki Sushi at Aya Sushi. If you have any further inquiries or would like to make a reservation, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to serving you soon!

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