Among the fried Oreos, rice burgers, and BBQ Bombs that are fueling Boston Calling attendees this weekend, a colorful festival-exclusive dish from Love Art Sushi is standing out: rainbow onigiri.
The rainbow rice ball is seasoned with rice vinegar, sugar, and salt, then wrapped in nori and topped with rice seasoning — with the option to add a healthy dousing of house spicy mayo. Love Art Sushi co-owner Ronald Liu told Boston.com that the rainbow effect was achieved by using organic, natural dyes.
“Being that we’re at a festival, it’s a really fun option,” Liu said. “It’s a quick, easy-to-consume bite, plus it’s vegan.”
This is the third year that Love Art Sushi, a Fenway restaurant owned by Liu and Jessica Chiep, has participated in Boston Calling, and along with the rainbow onigiri, the fast casual spot is serving poke bowls (a Hawaiian poke bowl and a Love Art special bowl) that are fan-favorites at Love Art Sushi. The bowls are also upcoming additions on the menu at their new restaurant, Love Art Poke, which is scheduled to open mid-summer at 40 Water St. at downtown’s Congress Square development.
“A lot of people already know us as having poke bowls [at Love Art Sushi], but the reason we actually call it Love Art Sushi is because the sushi part is actually the rice,” Liu said. “It’s easy to associate sushi with raw fish, but it’s actually the art of seasoned rice.”
At Love Art Poke, the brand’s rice options will be expanded upon with the addition of quinoa and cauliflower rice, and the menu will feature pre-marinated fish options. There’s a possibility, Liu said, that Love Art Poke will also offer breakfast options, including rice dishes with salmon and cream cheese, or spam and hard boiled eggs.
“That area being very much [about] work culture, we figured being open for breakfast wouldn’t hurt,” he said. “We’re talking to a couple of cool coffee operators in the area to offer things like cold brew, and to kind of make [Love Art Poke] more like a lunch and brunch spot.”
In November, Chiep and Liu opened Love Art Udon, an udon-centric shop in Packard’s Corner. Love Art Poke will be the third operation in the Love Art brand.