We made our way to Tallahassee’s newest sushi spot. with our brains full of the latest Coen brothers movie, and our stomachs on empty. Saki Sushi is located at 1123 Thomasville Road between one of area’s best bar, Waterworks, and an insurance agency. The restaurant is owned by two brother-in-laws who relocated from New York City to Tallahassee. Xinzheng “Alex” Fang, the resident itamae, prepares the sushi from behind a small counter at the rear of the restaurant, while Wei Dong waits tables and ensures the dining room runs smoothly.
Upon entering we were greeted and seated in a booth. Saki Sushi is a modern space that fits nicely into Midtown. Menus were provided, and glasses of water appeared on the table while we looked over the menu. A wide range of appetizers including gyoza (Japanese style pan fried dumplings), tuna tataki, and sunomono are available, and we requested a bowl of edamame. The plump lightly boiled and salted soy bean pods were a nice way to begin our meal, and helped to subdue our rumbling bellies.
Saki Sushi offers both two roll and three roll sushi lunch specials. I opted for the latter (tuna, yellowtail, and eel roll) and two pieces of uni (sea urchin). A bowl of miso soup was included with the special. Unlike some places that skimp on the tofu and seaweed, Saki Sushi’s version of miso soup was chock full of goodness. As I slurped the last spoonful of soup from the bowl, my plate of sushi arrived. Saki Sushi sources their fish from Japan, and has it flown into Tallahassee as needed. The tuna and yellow tails rolls were stacked into small pyramids. Each was expertly and tightly rolled. The tuna had a nice fresh taste, while the scallions added a extra bit of flavor to the delicious yellowtail. The eel roll, drizzled with savory eel sauce, was also wonderful. As for the sea urchin, the itamae placed a small piece of wasabi upon each piece. The spicy heat of the wasabi, combined with the unique flavor of the uni was a treat. For more on Saki Sushi read the full review on Tallahassee.com.
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