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Overcoming fear of bananas

The Monkey Special makes a believer out of Sarah Feldberg

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The Monkey Special at En Sushi & Robata Grill.
Photo: Leila Navidi

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En Sushi & Robata Grill
2540 Anthem Village Dr., 619-9282
Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday, 5-10 p.m.

First of all, I hate bananas. I hate, hate, hate bananas. Hate it when they even touch bread and their smell lingers or when someone slips them into a smoothie and tries to play it off. “There’s only a little bit.” Psh. I can tell. But you know what I hate more than bananas? People who won’t try new dishes because they don’t like oysters/onions/olives/mushrooms/beef cheeks. You never know until you try. That explains how I ended up eating the Monkey Special ($9.95) at En Sushi and Robata Grill in Anthem. The oddball appetizer from chefs Yoshi Park and Shawn Kim stacks sliced raw tuna on top of spicy crab on top of tempura-battered and deep-fried banana and then finishes the whole thing off with sesame dressing and unagi sauce. It’s a mouthful, and, as much as I hate to admit, it’s delicious. Banana and everything.

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