***Side note: Thanks to Sushi Pop, we were able to donate a $50.00 gift card to Volunteer UCF! They will be auctioning this $50.00 gift card at Knight-Thon’s Annual Date Auction on November 8th, 2011 at 8:30pm at Amigo’s. Come bid on SUSHI POP, great date place and it is for a good cause!
Volunteer UCF team’s goal is to raise $2000 this year. Donations can be made to this link http://www.helpmakemiracles.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&eventID=997&teamID=11031 and are tax deductible. ***
Sushi Pop is a modern restaurant composed of Anime-inspired decor with a hint of molecular gastronomy. It’s appearance from the outside is quite deceiving as it blends right in with the other spaces in the plaza, but walk in and will feel as if you walked into one of those very trendy restaurants that you would only expect to see in big cities like New York and L.A. The decoration is lively with lots of bright colors, Japanase Mange style paintings on the walls and and on all the TVs around the dining room. They definitely make you feel like you dining somewhere in the big city.
A quick look at the menu and you’ll notice the influence of modern cuisine or, it’s more popular term molecular gastronomy in many of the dishes. Chef Chau leads his team in the direction of creativity and nuances with techniques of molecular gastronomy while utilizing local, Oviedo-grown ingredients whenever possible in many uniquely designed dishes. After seeing the menu we decided to try some of the most unique items on the menu. For starters we chose the Godzilla, a plate of tempura fried alligator tail served with hearts of palm salad with green onion, celery leaves and radishes, citrus and togarashi remoulad. Between the 2 rolls, this was most memorable only because of the use of alligator meat with a mix of fresh celery.
Tempura Fried Alligator, Hearts Of Palm Salad With Green Onion, Celery Leaves and Radishes, Citrus and Togarashi Remoulad
Hamachi With Avocado, Tempura Shallots And Chipotle Lime Sauce Topped With Flounder, Siracha Hot Sauce, Micro Cilantro, Hawaiian Pink Salt And A Wedge Of Lime
Their dessert offerings are great and very memorable. We ordered their most popular, PMS and their PBJ sorbet. What I enjoyed most about the desserts is that it was very entertaining! Their table side presentation of their freshly made sorbet is impressive and a crowd pleaser.
Peanut Butter, Molten Chocolate, Salted Caramel Ice Cream
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sorbet
Sorbet Made Table Side with Liquid Nitrogen, Topped with Marshmallow Foam & Peanut Butter Powder
Flavor Choice of Grape, Raspberry & Strawberry
Al and I had a great time at Sushi Pop from the ambiance to the food, this place is fun, interesting and unique. I can see this being a great casual place for a date, especially for newcomers. There are conversation starters all around the dining room and the PB&J sorbet table-side presentation is very entertaining but my favorite between the two is the PMS. The salted caramel ice cream really made the PMS dessert stand out! What a great combo! I highly recommend this place for dessert, plus it is a great date place in Oviedo.