Oviedo, FL 32765 Web site: Sushi Pop Restaurant I can’t believe I have never written a review for my most revered Sushi restaurant. Yes, it’s a hundred miles away. So? I have dined here 6 or 8 times and never had anything I did not like. Interior based on Japanese Pop Culture it is a treat for the visual senses. Pink neon bar, Anime flashing on the high def TV white leather seats and staff dressed in the current street look in Japan. Yes, they do offer many of the staple rolls and nigiri, but there is so much more here.The menu has changed since my last visit, so I was looking forward to the new offerings, and as expected I was not disappointed. We started off with a few appetizers; first up the Salmon Belly a sweet, crispy treat with Asian relish, ginger shallot salsa, sprinkled with sambal vinaigrette
Our next dish Cobia Kama, grilled Cobia collar glazed with sweet soy, topped with toasted garlic, scallions, lime wedge and ponzu dipping sauce. My friend relished this dish for me, the texture was not to my liking, but the flavor was splendid.
My favorite appetizer the Pork and Grits, yes, yes, what is not to like here? Pork Belly, Anson Mills grits, Shinji mushrooms, braised green soy. Delicious sweet pork belly and creamy grits, I enjoyed the lion’s share.
We then selected two rolls, that we had not sampled before, and one old time favorite the Coconut Shrimp. Sweet sticky rice, plump tempura shrimp, a healthy slathering of Japanese mayo, avocado, topped with toasted coconut, honey kabayaki.
The new rolls BFF, an interesting mix of spicy tuna tartar, pickled purple daikon, tempura shiso, topped with blue fin akami, sesame oil, house shichimi, curly scallions. Great flavors came through with the combined ingredients, fresh and crisp on the tongue we delighted in this choice.
We may have delighted even more with our last choice Red Eye roll. Who knew a combination of tuna, gochujang ( a savory, spicy, and pungent fermented Korean condiment) garlic chips, tempura flakes topped with salmon and blood orange agrodolce a sticky sweet sauce and chives. The balance of heat combined with the sweet sour made this roll one of the most exciting taste experiences I have encountered in a while.
We just had one more dish to try, from the nightly special menu a most unusual but delightful dessert the Beet Root Cake with Panna Cotta. Hard to describe, moist cubes of beet root cake covered the sweet cold Panna Cotta, slivered almonds, and julienned Thai basil topped it all off.Sushi Pop restaurant is a must if you are interested in adventure dining. Get the crew together and give it a try. As always I encourage to order as many dishes as you can to get a great sampling of what’s on offer. The menu changes with the availability of fish so new and exciting dishes are always available.