Friday, December 24, 2010

Mixing Blues Music with Sushi

On Florida’s southern Atlantic Coast, the city of Hollywood is home to Sushi Blues Café, so named because of the fusion of Japanese cuisine and culture with American blues music. On weekend nights, a live band called Bluesman Spencer performs, and a Japanese drum show is featured once a month.

But it’s more than the music that makes patrons want to dance—the food here hardly gives you the blues. Although I’ve seen the integration of fruit with sushi many a time, this is the only restaurant that I’ve seen combining barbecued eel with papaya in a hand roll; it’s also the only place I’ve seen mixing grilled portobello mushroom, scallions and cream cheese in a cut roll topped with red onion salsa, both unique and delightful concoctions.

Another selection that suggests the tropical tendencies of Floridian cooking: the Crunchy Coconut Crusted Telapia Salad with creamy pineapple salsa dressing. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Sunshine State menu if there were no conch—so it makes it appearance in a Spicy Conch Salad with avocado cucumbers and melon.

Sushi Blues Café
2009 Harrison Street
Hollywood, Florida

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