Thanks so much to our friends from Grub & Love for writing this amazing review of one of our favorite restaurants, Yoshi Sushi Fusion! Warning: You’re probably going to want to head directly there after seeing these photos.a
Hey fellow Geeks! (and I use that term with nothing but love! ) Yeah, back in the 70’s and 80’s people threw the term geek around as some nerdy guy with his waistline pulled up around his neck, big thick glasses held together at the bridge with white medical tape, and of course the pocket protector to make sure he didn’t ruin his favorite Van Heusen short sleeve button down dress shirt.
Today, Geek is in. It’s trendy and almost cool now!! I really like today’s definition so much better: “An enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity.” That’s how I see foodies and since I consider myself a foodie and I am an IT guy, I guess you can say I’m pretty damn hip!
Our good friends at GeekoutHuntsville.com have invited us to guest blog for another food segment that really excited me! A super hip and stylish sushi restaurant that takes a little bit of geeky science and mixes it with the art of Japanese cuisine to create some incredible sushi dishes that will knock your multicolored crazy socks off! (You hipsters know what I’m talking about!)
Yoshi Sushi Fusion is the place I’m talking about! Located over Monte Sano Mountain in the beautiful Hampton Cove area, Yoshi Sushi Fusion is not your ordinary cookie cutter sushi restaurant. It’s an experience!
Their chefs are traditionally trained but they add their own special twists to each item they prepare using some modern, scientific, and geeky techniques!
When we arrived we were greeted by a hostess that led us to our booth. As we were walking we noticed two Tatami rooms that give the patrons a more authentic Japanese dining experience by sitting on the floor in a more traditional setting. Both rooms were beautifully laid out with place settings of linen napkins, chopsticks, and wine glasses.
Yoshi Sushi Fusion is beautifully laid out with a long bar that runs the length of the restaurant beginning as a drink bar and ending as a sushi bar where customers can sit and watch the chefs create their magic. It really surprises you when you walk in at how large the restaurant really is.
There are many large comfortable booths and tables that can accommodate a couple on a romantic date or a large group having a party. I recommend you getting as close to the action as you can so you can watch the sushi chefs. They do some incredible things!
I found out a few things about eating sushi from Chef Chris that I never knew and had been doing wrong all these years. I wanted to do a little research so here are a few of the things I discovered and I wanted to share with you.
There is a difference between Nigiri and Sashimi – Nigiri is a specific type of raw fish that is laid over pressed vinegared rice, while Sashimi is just the raw fish by itself.
Do not put wasabi directly into your soy sauce – the Sushi Chef has put the right amount on the sushi so you can get all the wonderful flavors of the nigiri.
Dip the nigiri in the soy sauce fish side down – this will keep the rice from falling apart as you are dipping it.
Eat the nigiri in one bite – This is so you can get all the flavors in your mouth in one glorious bite. (Party in your mouth!)
Use your hands to pick up the sushi – using chopsticks is great, but you can have a much more enjoyable experience just getting in there when the sushi is at the right temperature and you can feel the texture. Also, the rice is made to be picked up by hand.
So there you have it, a few cool tidbits about sushi etiquette to make your sushi bar experience more pleasurable!
Now back to Yoshi Sushi Fusion! Chef Chris offered us the Chef’s Choice and it was an interesting and fun time trying all the wonderful dishes and rolls that the chef chose for us. The menu at Yoshi is a little tough to understand but there is a good reason for that. Chef told us that it gets interaction between the staff and the customer. It’s really interesting hearing how each menu item is prepared and getting a background on the process.
Another amazing fact about the freshness of the fish… The fish is caught and sent from Japan and is on your plate within 24 hours. To me the logistics just seem impossible but they make it happen so you guys get the freshest and most flavorful sushi on the market. I know, my geekiness just overflowed with more nerdy trivia but I’m so intrigued how they make that happen so fast.. and DAILY!!
There were so many delicious plates brought out from the Chef’s Choice, It’s hard to know where to begin. He did make sure we were able to try his favorites and they didn’t disappoint at all! The Sushi was incredibly fresh and there is no fishy taste at all. The rice was superb and had us craving more.
The Huntsvegas roll was probably our favorite. It’s one of those dishes that you will think about every time a craving for sushi hits you like a Judo chop!
Again, Yoshi Sushi Fusion is more than just a cookie cutter sushi bar it’s truly a great experience. By having the chef pick our choices, we had the opportunity to try things we may never would had chosen on our own and it opened our eyes to some really wonderful dishes.
I must warn you though, allowing the chef to choose your selections can be a rather costly experience but I am glad we did it this way at least once. Next time we visit we will probably try to choose on our own. Have you been to Yoshi Sushi Fusion yet and have your favorite items? If so let us know what you like to order when you go there!
Yoshi Sushi Fusion
3110 Mountain Cove Circle #D,
Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
+1 (256) 715-1915
Days/Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday 11:00AM – 2:00PM, 4:00PM – 9:30PM
Friday 11:00AM – 2:00PM, 4:00PM – 10:30PM
Saturday 12:00PM – 10:30PM
Sunday 12:00PM – 9:00PM