Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sushi Pop

I was finally able to visit Sushi Pop last night. It's been around for a long time and I've been hearing a lot of buzz about it but I was never able to visit until yesterday.

We had a wonderful experience our server Andrea was excellent.

She started off by offering me a beer the Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout ( Link ), I wouldn't have thought to order a beer but this one was perfect because it had a tangy strong flavor that offset some of the more mild dishes.

The decor in Sushi Pop is a nice mixture of traditional & modern Japanese, beautiful banzai trees and orchids paired with Anime movies playing and Manga art on the walls.

They have so many interesting items it was very hard to choose, so I ordered a number of different varied dishes so I could get a feel for the whole menu. Menu on Sushi Pop Website

Here are the dishes we tried:
  • Roasted asparagus salad with roasted garlic and mushrooms was so delicious I found myself dipping my chopsticks in the sauce again and again just to get a taste of that sweet soy sauce. 5/5 stars
  • Far East Flatbread a duck fat seared Chinese scallion pancake topped with blue cheese, caramelized onions, roasted Japanese mushrooms, Furikake seasoning. This was kind of like a large flat bread it was quite delicious very strong and would fill up the average person, don't order this by yourself. 5/5 stars
  • Thin sliced Hamachi(Yellowtail) with jalapeños and a very light sauce that had a delicious amazing flavor. 4/5 stars
  • Lobster sushi roll with toasted almonds, avocado and tempura asparagus. Since it was cooked tempura style I expected this to be a little hotter temperature wise but it was still pretty good. 3/5 stars
  • Sea urchin Sashimi, something I've just recently discovered that I like, it has a brown buttery flavor. This particular serving was a little bit more mushy than I would've preferred but it still had that flavor that I enjoy. 3/5 stars
  • "It's No Yolk" - Cubed salmon with sunny side coconut milk mango "egg", served with seaweed rice cracker. 2/5 stars
  • For dessert we ordered the P.M.S. though oddly named, it is a mixture of Peanut butter powder, Molten chocolate lava cake, and Salted caramel ice cream, It was uniquely tasty. 3.5/5 stars
Sushi pop is not cheap especially when you order that much as I did but it is really great unique experience, a great place to take that adventurous date or for a splurge.

Hibachi Asparagus
grilled asparagus, garlic braised oyster
and shitake mushrooms with soy
glazed pea tendrils • $8
Far East Flatbread a duck fat
seared Chinese scallion pancake
topped with blue cheese, caramelized onions,
roasted Japanese mushrooms, Furikake seasoning
• $12

Jalapeño Pepper Hamachi
yellowtail with diced jalapeños, fresh
wasabi lime sauce, black pepper and
micro cilantro • $14

Lobster and Almonds
tempura lobster, avocado, asparagus,
smelt roe, yuzu tartar sauce, encrusted
with toasted almonds • $10

It’s No Yolk
fresh cubed salmon tossed with lime
juice, olive oil, shallots, thai basil with
sunny side egg of sweet coconut
milk and mango puree, served with
seaweed rice cracker • $14

peanut butter powder, molten chocolate,
salted caramel ice cream • $7

Some other really interesting dishes I didn't get a chance to try:
  • Gold Digger- lump crab, tempura shallots and sweet chili topped with blue fin Otoro, bu bu rice crackers, edible 24 karat gold flakes and soy gel • $17
  • Godzilla - tempura fried alligator, hearts of palm salad with green onion, celery leaves and radishes, citrus and Togarashi remoulade • $12

Sushi Pop
310 W Mitchell Hammock Rd
Oviedo, FL 32765
(407) 542-5975

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  1. Just to clarify- A Hibachi, in Japan, is a charcoal fired grill. The flat metal "grills" are actually called Teppan. Cooking on these flat metal devices is called Teppanyaki.

    I know of NO restaurant in Orlando that have any actual hibachi's.

  2. ok thanks, I assume you are referring to the "Hibachi asparagus" that is the name from the menu. I would imagine they don't actually have a Hibachi fired with coal but thanks for the clarification.

  3. It's not just that "hibachi" asparagus. It's all the "Japanese" restaurants that claim that they offer hibachi cooked cuisine. I lived in Japan for 11 years and studied the language and culuture, including some time in a university.

    This kind of cultural mishmash drives me nuts.

    Here's a link with a photo of a traditional hibachi: