Sushigami - Florida Mall Orlando

2/22/2016 07:44:00 PM

One of the most unique way of enjoying sushi is by conveyor belt. What is a conveyor belt sushi you ask? It's one of the most popular ways of eating sushi in Japan and it's starting to trend worldwide. It's simple, fast and convenient.

Sushigami is only a few days old, as of today and it's a big hit with many. It replaced Wasabi inside of Florida Mall in Orlando, but it's definitely not the same. Sushigami is bright, airy, and serves up creative dishes I have not seen anywhere else.

The owner, Mr. Yoav is a passionate guy wanting to share the experience with his customers. This location will be his second and he plans to explore out into Houston and Chicago soon. He is always looking for new and creative ways to bring a whole new sushi experience to his guests.

At first, the little restaurant may look at little intimidating, but go ahead and sit down either at the bar or booth and dive in.  There's no wrong way of trying something new and the servers are more than grateful to help you out.

We started with a Yellow Tail appetizer with Ponzu sauce. This is a very interesting dish I must have to say. It's extremely light and very flavorful. The ponzu sauce used here is a little different from other places I've had before. The sauce is mostly citrus and extremely acidic, but not in a bad way. Super refreshing! I must also say that the quality of the fish is impressive being that this is not a full sushi restaurant.

We started loading up on food, so here we go!

This is a very unique and tasty treat. Here we have crispy fried rice layered on top is what I believe to be avocado, a spicy mayo sauce, and of course, the tuna!  Yoav explained to me that this is an updated version, instead of a tuna mixture they are using whole slices of tuna, which I like a lot. I really enjoy the flavor of this dish, and there's plenty of textures going on.  The only issue I had was that the crispy rice pieces may be too thick or hard for me to eat a whole plate without my jaw aching. It was tasty though!

Sushigami also has plenty of other dishes that aren't sushi from noodles to rice bowls.  We tried their udon which was in a nice broth and the noodles were firm.  There really isn't anything unique about this bowl, but definitely a good dish to go for if you're in the mood.  They do have an upgraded version with tempura shrimp.

Here is their Shrimp Katsu which is pretty much a tempura shrimp but breaded in panko. It comes paired with tonkatsu sauce on the side. I will have to be honest here, the one thing I really did not like at Sushigami will have to be their shrimps. The crust is super light and perfectly cooked, but the texture of the shrimp itself is very mushy and soft.  I  tried a roll with the fried shrimp and it also had the same texture.  I'm not a big fan of it because I like my shrimp with a bite to it, but maybe some people like extra tender shrimp? If that's a thing.

This is a pass in my opinion.

I've tried a few rolls and I will have to say they are pretty decent. I think the rice ratio is great. The rice itself isn't bad, it could use a bit of seasoning, but I definitely will take this over super vinegar sushi rice any day! The quality of the fish is pretty good for conveyor belt sushi, I've had worse at sushi restaurants so trust me! This is pretty good!  The roll above is filled with baked salmon and cucumber topped with avocado.  Now, I'm not a fan of cooked fish, but I can see the appeal of this roll to others.  The avocado certainly takes away the dryness the salmon has and it's a good blend of flavor.

I'm not too sure what this dish is called, but just look at this presentation! You wold not get this at any normal conveyor belt sushi, let alone a lot of sushi restaurants. We have tuna wrapped in cucumber, yellow tail with mandarin and a little crab roll all drizzled in ponzu. Refreshing and just so pretty! The sweetness of the mandarin goes very well with the yellow tail, which is a first time for me.

Now here we are, my favorite dish of the night.  This is the one unique dish that I have not seen anywhere else and it'll always be the dish that will always lead me back to Sushigami. This is the salmon tataki with micro cilantro, avocado and a jalapeno puree. Yes, Jalapeno puree.  Where is this creativity coming from?!

It may look daunting, but this green sauce is flavorful with the perfect jalapeno kick. It certainly pairs well with the salmon without overpowering the fish's flavor. Just bring me a giant bowl of this and I'll be the happiest girl!

I did not get the change to try their ceviche which incoroprates fish, fruits and their own ceviche sauce.  That definitely is something I'll have to come back to try!

We finished the meal with another unique dish, their marshmallow egg rolls. It's filled with marshmallow and peanut butter goodness dressed in powder sugar and chocolate sauce. This is not something I would usually go for, but it had such a interesting concept I couldn't resist.

In the end, I'm actually not a big fan of it, but it's definitely one heavy dessert.  The peanut butter actually overpowers the marshmallow flavor, which is a bummer. Maybe go without the peanut butter or maybe a peanut butter sauce drizzle may be more appropriate? Nonetheless, the sweet egg rolls were fried perfectly and was not overly sweet. A perfect ending to a fun meal!

So far, this is one of the most interesting conveyor belt sushi I've been to.  They have a good grasp of how they want to run their restaurant and certainly takes any chance to be creative from modern sushi to unique sauces.

Check out Sushigami in Florida Mall in Orlando for a fun and interactive dinner. Grab dishes from the conveyor belt or order off the menu. Either way, feast on :).

Sushigami - Florida Mall Orlando

8001 Orange Blossom Trail,
Orlando, FL 32809
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