Illustrations by Stephanie Rudig
Illustrations by Stephanie Rudig

Cocktail names can be a little annoying these days. Sometimes they sound like a bartender’s unedited stream of consciousness, plus a few words that are fun or naughty to say out loud. Surprisingly, sushi rolls also carry titles that often have nothing to do with what’s wrapped in nori. We rounded up 14 of the strangest roll names from across the region. Some are culturally insensitive, others are flat-out strange, and still more could be Mortal Kombat characters. 

Ocean Blue

21438 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling

Rastafarian Roll: Jerk-rubbed eel, avocado, scallions, roasted sesame seeds, crispy dreadlocks, sweet chili rum glaze

Sushi Jin Next Door

8555 Fenton St., Silver Spring

Shinjuku Murderer Roll: Soft shell crab with blue crab on top with three types of spicy sauce

Nuclear White Tuna Roll: White tuna, avocado, masago, cucumber, extra spicy sauce

Memory of Geisha Roll: Spicy salmon, cucumber, avocado, tobiko, tuna, sweet soy sauce

Ichiban Sushi House

4251 Campbell Ave., Arlington

Hairy Mexican Roll: Fried shrimp, avocado, spicy sauce inside, topped with crab stick

Sticky Rice DC

1224 H St. NE

Godzirra Roll: Large crunchy shrimp, avocado, cream cheese, spicy sauce, cucumber, tempura crunchies, tobiko 


505 H St. NW

Christmas in July Roll: Smoked eel and avocado on top of a roll of spicy tuna crunch served with eel sauce

Kona Grill

1776 Wilson Blvd. No. 1, Arlington

Bama Roll: Crab mix, cream cheese, jalapeño, tuna, avocado, soy paper, spicy motoyaki sauce, smelt roe 

IMM Thai on H

1360 H St. NE

Mom Roll: Salmon with cream cheese

Sushi Rock

900 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington

Ziggy Stardust Roll: Wagyu beef, grilled asparagus, roasted red pepper, soy paper, onion jam, jalapeño aioli 

You Shook Me All Night Long Roll: Tempura shrimp, avocado, crab stick, tobiko, negi, Japanese aioli, eel sauce 

Umi Japanese Cuisine

2625 Connecticut Ave. NW

BMW Roll: Salmon, crunch inside, avocado, black pepper tuna, white tuna on top

Hikari Sushi & Sake Bar

644 H St. NE

Stop Drop Roll: Spicy scallop with cucumber, tobiko, cilantro, wasabi mayo 

The Hamilton

600 14th St. NW

Bull Fighter: Wagyu ribeye, soy-braised shiitake mushroom, Chinese broccoli, chopped wasabi dressing