Now I’ve been educated: There exists Japanese, Peruvian, and Brazilian Fusion cuisine in the form of upper class restaurant chain Sushi Samba. Who knew? Apparently many people–I just wasn’t deemed awesome enough to be in The Know. Well, now I am. Their menu highlights for me were sushi, sashimi, and tempura, but there were various other appetizers that sushi-loving folks would also appreciate. Off the top of my head, I also recall meat skewers (courtesy of the Brazilian vein, I imagine) and a slew of seviches and ramen options. The sushi rolls were incredibly unique, with combinations I would have never dreamed up. The tapas were enough to sate curiosities and provide for the small group of colleagues in attendance at the NYC 7th St location.
Three rolls I either tried or meant to try (excerpted from the online menu):
- Samba strip: maine lobster, mango, tomato, chive, crispy rice, soy paper, peanut curry
- Neo Tokyo: bigeye tuna, tempura flake, aji panca
- Rainbow Dragon: freshwater eel, red bell pepper, cucumber, mango, avocado
I think you’ll agree that a restaurant so full of itself that it has club music thumping during dinner and a hoochie mama hostess sporting a dress so tiny that if she were wearing a tampon I would have seen the string is probably expensive, but only has a slight chance of actually serving delicious food. Luckily for SushiSamba, it ended up delicious. For the record, I have now eaten yellowtail sushi taquitos. I SAID YELLOWTAIL SUSHI TAQUITOS. You read correctly.