Recently, my sister moved back to Orlando, and I’ve been so excited to have her nearby. It was great to have her around during the final stages of my wedding planning and I just love being able to see her more often. A few weeks ago, we met over on her side of town in Oviedo to give Sushi Pop a try. I had heard mixed reviews, and I was excited to try a place that I heard pushes the envelope and likes to throw creative twists on their dishes. The place was hopping due to reservations, which I found surprising for a weekday evening. Kathryn and I sat at the sushi bar to give the tables to the bigger parties and to ensure quicker seating. We started out with an order of shrimp and crab potstickers.
The potstickers were surprisingly light and not greasy. The filling was very flavorful. The potstickers were a great teaser for the main course: sushi, of course. My sister loves sushi just as much as I do, so we ordered a few rolls to share.
Like I mentioned, Sushi Pop likes to push the envelope and come up with unique combinations. There are very few traditional rolls.
For example the “Hot Mess” (far right in the photo) has smoked salmon, avocado and tempura flakes with honey kabayaki, topped with baked tuna, salmon, yellowtail, flounder, spicy mayo, smelt roe, chives and rendered bacon. Yes, bacon.
All of the rolls just have really unique flavor combinations. One had pickles, and another had a very strong citrus-y flavor. I really liked all the rolls, but I think because the flavors were so unexpected from sushi, it didn’t quite satisfy my sushi craving. I thought there was just too much going on. I think I would return if someone wanted to meet up there, but I don’t know if I’d suggest it as my first choice for sushi. Who knew I was so traditional?
Even their soy sauce dispensers were different.
I do want to try some of their non-sushi dishes. The potstickers were delicious, and I think their culinary creativity would be better appreciated in a normal dish as opposed to a sushi roll.
I’m glad I got to experience Sushi Pop, and it’s nice to know that Oviedo is getting some new restaurants.
What is your favorite sushi ingredient? I’m sure some people love bacon in their sushi!