When I was out to lunch last week with Farmer Bubba and we visited the Sushi-2-Go lunch Stop in Midtown on University Ave. Bubba was thinking raw fish, while I was thinking, 'this would be a perfect Meatless Monday lunch stop. There's no red meat in this Food On The Run Asian raw a bar. I was OK with choosing the Sushi-2-Go Master Veggie Roll for lunch. I've said it before the is nothing more stylish than an Asian lunch. The colors, symmetry, style of my lunch was enough to make me smile. Beside the food always looks tasty, and inviting. I was imagining the sushi chef rolling the Avocado, cucumber, asparagus, carrots, scallions, shitake mushrooms and sweet potato inside the white rice and seaweed presenting the GLOB Master with eight bites of very interestingly matched veggie crunch and flavors. I applaud Japan's first Sushi Master that created a plate of spectacular looking rolls for the Japanese Emperor. When he took his first bite taste test bite he must have immediately declared, in Japanese of course, "Go get the wasabi, we need to punch the flavor index of these rolls up a notch for the Emperor-San."
Asian lunch falls short in taste, authenticity
By Bubba Scott, GLOB Correspondent
Editors Note: Farmer Bubba Scott is a container vegetable farmer, and the GLOB's Gardening expert. To help support the farm, he is a P.H.D., Professional Home Developer, AKA The House Doctor.
This week GLOB Master Mike and I decided it was time for a GLOB lunch outing, sushi style. My kind of lunch spot.
I was spoiled living in Hawaii eating fresh sushi and sashimi.
We didn't pick a new Japanaese establishment, but one that has been around for eleven years. SUSHI-2-GO in Midtown on University Ave, which moved from University Ave. next to the Taco Bell a couple years ago.
This place is a made-for-students Food On The Run lunch stop.
When we walked inside SUSHI-2-GO, my first thought was, Wow, this place is very cool. They spent a lot of money on the decor. I mean, the inside really stands out. It's painted red, stylish, and real curvy. A few shiny red tables were available for eating inside. Napkins and soy sauce were available at each table. I find that to be a nice authentic toucn in an Asian restaurant.
What did make me a little nervous was the one of the walls of SUSHI-2-GO was all glass mirrors. It made the dining area seem larger but I was wondering if there were people behind the mirrors watching us eat our lunch.
After the GLOB Master introduced himself to the SUSHI-2-GO staff and let them know we were on a GLOB mission, it was time to check out the menu. Not a large menu I might add, and that's a good thing.
Remember, this is a FOTR eatery. You order your lunch, pick it up at the counter, and off you go. It might have been an off day, but the S2G service was a bit slow.
I ordered the Sushi Master Roll, a Bowl of Sushi Rice and Spicy Dipping Sauce, photo right. Mike ordered the Ultimate Veggie Roll. I almost fell over when he did that. Mike likes his fish cooked. There is a complete SUSHI-2-GO menu at the restaurant link below this feature.
Now about my lunch. Its was pretty on my plate.
After tasting the dipping sauce, I told Mike that I was surprised that it tasted like Thousand Island dressing.
Mike replied, "Well Bubba, there are a lot of islands in the Orient." I'll go with that, but this dipping sauce was disappointing.
The SUSHI-2-GO rice, I believe, was just the white rice you use for sushi. I had figured it might be something special even though it was called Sushi Rice, but it semed blander than rice can usually be and needed some help to kick up the flavor.
The sushi rolls were also a little bland and none of the ingredients really stood out in the taste category. My rolls were filled with tuna, imitation crab (krab), avocado, shitake mushroom and spicy sauce. Now you would think one of those items in that combination would jump on the taste buds and wake'm up.
By adding a mixture of soy sauce and spicy sauce, I did find a new taste without drowning out the combination flavor of my lunch. I'm guessing there was just something about those Thousand Islands in the orient the GLOB Master mentioned that created a unique SUSHI-2-GO flavor.
The GLOB Master is not a big fan of sushi, however he did enjoy his Sushu-2-Go Master Veggie Roll. Photo at top of this feature. He remarked how the crispness of the veggies were complimented by the complete opposite pastey texture of the white rice. Mike did say his rolls cried out for additional soy sauce and a good smack of wasabe (that is an additional charge.) Of course he always makes the same comment about having his Japanese lunch wrapped in marinated electrical tape . . .
I think this sushi shop is truly a place for the students in a hurry, lunching out on the run. I am a big sushi fan and SUSHI-2-GO fell short. It has to be tough for a sushi stand on University Ave. with so many other Asian restaurants close by.
The Pluses and Minuses of Susi 2 Go:
Susi 2 Go (+) indicators: Stylish, smart idea for a quick sushi lunch.
Susi 2 Go (-) Indicator's: Unremarkable sushi rolls.
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- Phone Number: 338-1068
- Address: 1412 W. University Ave., Gaineville, FL
- Urban GLOB Location: Midtown
- Web Site: Sushi-2-Go
- Latitude: 29.652285
- Longitude: -82.341033
K. Rossetti Wednesday, 08 June 2011 11:07 Comment Link
Although I have tried "real" sushi, I prefer the vegetarian variety. Sushi to go has *four* veggie rolls, all of which are delicious. My favorite is the Sweet Potato roll, which has sweet potato, avocado and marinated shitake mushroom. Sooo good with wasabi and pickled ginger. Also delish are the tofu roll and spicy tofu roll, and, of course, the traditional veggie roll. They have an online deal- three regular rolls for ten bucks. Not bad for a cheap feast. I always get suckered into ordering appetizers, though. The eggrolls are just so so, but the dumplings are worth your money. I don't think these rolls are "authentic," but I love them!