Sushi Studio: Sushi With A Thai Kick
2010-03-19 · By Chandra Clewley
If you are anything like me, you need your sushi fix. Often. If I could have it my way, I might have sushi five times weekly. And now, my dream may be a reality. Located in an unassuming hotel parking lot, Sushi Studio is a local’s secret and favorite. The general consensus is that it is sushi with a Thai kick to it.
We came in on a weekday, and were greeted warmly. I was sad to see that we had missed Sushi Studio’s happy hour by only a couple of minutes but we will definitely be back. The menus are designed with cartoon like animations, and there are plenty of interesting things to order.
We started with edamame, and Asahi. I wanted to try something different and specialized since I have been eating sushi for over 20 years now, and wanted to see what Sushi Studio had to showcase. With this in mind we ordered: The Sunrise on 2nd Street Roll, which is spicy shrimp, crab and avocado inside wrapped with tuna on the outside and the chef’s secret sauce (which tasted somewhat like eel sauce to me). The Monkey Roll, which is shrimp tempura and banana inside topped with crunchy flakes and sweet sauce. Of course, how could I resist ordering a sushi roll with a banana in it?? Lastly, we decided to try the Kamikaze from the Specialty menu. How can you resist spicy garlic tuna tempura, wrapped with mint leaves and served with a delicious ponzu sauce drizzled on top?
The food at Sushi Studio absolutely delivered. The Monkey Roll completely surprised us with its sweet finish, the Sunrise was delicious, and the Kamikaze with the mint was refreshing on top of the powerful ponzu flavor. Not only was the food great but the service was great too. We really felt welcomed here, and we were never left without water to drink, empty plates to be bussed or a friendly smile.
We will definitely be back to Sushi Studio, as there are at least 20 other things I want to try on the menu, including the Lady In Red, The Sexie Girl Roll, The Unpopular Roll and on and on….plus the happy hour looks killer!
Sushi Studio is located at 4917 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. Their website is: www.sushistudiolb.com.