Order this... Sushi bar at Ballard’s Inn
Ballard’s is a big place with plenty of activity, but each year there’s something new, or improved, or simply moved into the spotlight. This year, it’s Ballard’s new sushi and raw bar that got our attention. Comfortably located between indoors and out, this exotic bar has a long list of popular seafood choices and a friendly staff to put it together in tempting combinations.
Garfield Lewis prepared the Signature Ballard’s Sushi Roll for us. It’s made of all good things — lobster meat salad, avocado, and asparagus and rolled in tobiko rice. The best. Using chopsticks isn’t a must, but adds to the fun. If you fumble, it’s okay. And when you’re all done, you’ll want a second.
Ballard’s assistant executive manager, Lauder Ribero, and his family live year-round on Block Island; his children go to the Block Island School. He knows what we all like to eat. He and head chef Ariel Fontanilla said that after multiple requests for a raw bar and sushi, they knew they had to respond. Also, there’s a new food cart out on the beach serving lobster rolls, hamburgers and hot dogs.
Lauder brought out a tray of the Chilled Shellfish Platter from the menu. It’s filled with a whole Maine lobster, crab legs, peel-and-eat shrimp, oysters and clams on the half shell. “Paradise for seafood lovers.”
For evening dining, there’s a more extensive menu, but sushi, and everything from the raw bar, is still available. Guests can dine inside or out under the stars with music by long-time favorite, John Brazil (from 6 to 11 p.m.).
And one last thing... there’s the pineapple drink. Any drink of your choice can be served in a pineapple, even beer. And yes, it can be served with a tiny, paper umbrella. Call (401) 466-2231, or visit ballardsbi.com. — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido