Sushi Studio: Small Package, Big Flavor

4917 E. Pacific Coast Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 498-9008
http://www.sushistudiolb.com

YES, it is another sushi joint!! If sushi isn’t your thing, we apologize, but it just so happens that our group of friends have just been in a sushi mode lately, however, this place won’t disappoint!! My friend and I wanted to give Sushi Studio a try since the reviews were so great for the restaurant. Sushi Studio is on PCH near Cal State Long Beach. It’s located next to a hotel, which is a little weird, but hey, as long as the food is great, I have no complaints.

The four rolls that we ordered were the Sunrise on Second Street, Unpopular Roll, Sexy Girl, and the Sumo Roll. First off, nothing here tastes bad. The four rolls we ordered were all amazing.

Let’s start off with the Sunrise on Second Street. This roll is their most popular roll. It is a little pricey for what it is, $12. The roll has spicy shrimp, crab, and avocado on the inside. The outside has tuna and a special sweet glaze that they make. My first impression on my first taste was, WOW, how fresh and amazing. The roll is not overly sweet and just has the perfect amount of glaze. When you take a bite, you get the wonderful soft avocado and the crab, finished off with the unique texture of their spicy shrimp. A MUST GET here at Sushi Studio.

The next amazing roll here is the Sexy Girl roll, which is shrimp tempura and jalapeno on the inside, with masago, crunchy flakes, mango, and sweet glaze over the top. Now I know what you are thinking, “MANGO ON SUSHI?!” Yes, mango on sushi, which surprisingly, WAS VERY VERY GOOD. The mango acts as a natural sweetener instead of their sweet glaze. It worked really well. The mango was very ripe, and very tender. The roll was complemented well by this fruit. You can’t really taste the jalapeno in this roll, but that can be a good or a bad thing depending on your taste. I liked the roll overall, but you are going to have to try it to see how it really tastes, because it’s definitely unique.

The other two rolls we had were the Sumo Roll, which was surprisingly close to the Sunrise on Second Street Roll, but with a crunchy center, and the Unpopular Roll, which was fried albacore on the inside and avocado on the outside. I think the Unpopular roll was probably my least favorite here due to how dry the fish was. I think it was fried a little too long. The avocado was a nice addition and the sweet and tangy sauce on top was a nice touch. However, I would not order this roll again, not bad, just not impressive either.

Come here if you get a chance. Their Sunrise on Second Street and Sexy Girl Rolls are good enough reasons to come here. However, the only downside to the visit was that the waitress was a little agitated. She almost didn’t give us the happy hour price, which starts at 3pm. We sat down at 2:55pm -_-. We told her we’ll wait five minutes if she wanted haha. I mean if it was 20-30mins away, I would understand, but 5 minutes?!?! We also only ordered 1 roll off of the happy hour menu, so at most we’d only save 6 dollars off the total check of $50. What happened to hospitality and earning your clientele? Anyway, come here and try their selection, they have a pretty inventive menu and something for everyone to enjoy.

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~ by thankgoditsfood on August 1, 2010.

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