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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS: Sushi lovers

Who loves sushi?!

If you have a sushi lover in your life, be sure to check out my list of 10 fun holiday gift ideas, including one that’s well, a bit of a splurge.

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DAYTON: Half Price Sushi Wednesdays at Sima

I love a good sale.

And when I went to Sima in Kettering tonight and discovered it was half price sushi night, I couldn’t resist.

Owners Mr. and Mrs. Kim are all about having high quality, fresh ingredients in their menu items.

And with many creative sushi rolls to choose from (that the owners and staff come up with), some of those being on the special rolls menu (which at normal price, can get expensive), trying rolls like this at half price is a great deal.

Sima has a very friendly staff where if you go, they will remember who you are. Depending on the server/staff, they will also remember things you like on the menu.

The restaurant has a sushi bar, as well as booths, tables, an area for Korean BBQ (grills and all), as well as a separate room that can be used for parties.

If you order off the sushi menu on half price Wednesdays, the staff gives you a sheet of paper and pencil where it lists the rolls in play that night. You can mark off which ones you want and how much you want, as well as a listing of their prices including the discount.

Here are the rolls I had:

1) Monkey Brains (not actual monkey brains, and a special dish that’s listed on the wall above the sushi bar. One of the owners came up with this dish, which is actually deep fried mushrooms stuffed with spicy crab and cream cheese, topped with masago and sauce). Loved the mix of the creaminess and meatiness of the mushrooms/cream cheese along with the crunch from the outer coating, as well as the nice kick from the sauce on top.

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2) Playboy roll (on special menu, its a roll that’s set on fire and gives off a nice grilled taste, along with a tanginess from the sauces on top.)

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3) Left: Shrimp Crunch roll (on special menu, a deep fried tempura roll with shrimp, cream cheese, etc., great flavors with the shrimp and a little crunch from the veggies inside and the coating outside along with the creaminess inside of the cream cheese), Right: golden California roll (deep fried California roll. Melt in your mouth. Amazing.) Loved the sauce on top (what appeared to be a spicy mayo sauce).

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If you’re looking for a good deal mid week whether it be with friends, or going solo, Sima half price sushi Wednesdays equals good food and good times.

Sima Restaurant

1771 Woodman Dr

Kettering, OH 45420

Mon – Thu: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 2:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Sat: 12:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

DAYTON: Fusian

I’ve been dreaming of trying this place for a few weeks now. It’s just been locked in my brain: “Kat, you must go to Fusian, you must go to Fusian.”

Before I get into the restaurant itself and the food, I first want to say that I really was not sure if I was going to find good sushi here in Ohio.

Was I dead WRONG.

I love the sushi I’ve discovered at the Kroger near where I live, but I’ll tell you, after having the rolls from Fusian tonight, after eating the first bite of one of the rolls I literally said “Oh my GOD!” under my breath sitting by myself at the table. Deliciousness in EVERY bite.

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The atmosphere:  Located in the food-centric area near the University of Dayton (friends, Brown St. has a gazillion restaurants all in one area. Definitely check it out!), it’s an airy, open space with tons of natural light coming in from the floor to ceiling windows in front. From the pictures above and below, there’s a lot of great lighting fixtures, and tons of seating, whether you want to sit more towards the ground at a table, or at the counter space in the middle, or there’s another counter space in front of the windows in front. Relaxed, chill music plays as you eat. Napkins, and soy sauces (low sodium and regular, yay!), at every table.

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What I ate: I ordered two rolls that I customized. You can build your own rolls at Fusian (which is SO cool). I ordered a spicy salmon roll and a steak roll. For the spicy salmon roll, I got soy paper as my wrapper, then avocado, summer squash, scallions, carrots, then put spicy mayo and crunchies on top. For the steak roll, I was going to get a full steak roll but I came across the crab mix and decided to get half steak, half crab. I got soy paper for that one too, and inside is avocado, carrots, asparagus, then wasabi mayo and crunchies on top.

Spicy salmon roll.
Spicy salmon roll.

 

Steak and crab mix roll.
Steak and crab mix roll.

 

Price: $18.94 (for the two rolls and a fountain beverage). Awesome deal! $20 bill very well spent.

My thoughts: Holy moly. This was honestly some of the BEST sushi I’ve had in life thus far. No joke. As I said before, I literally talked to myself at the table, saying “Oh my GOD” under my breath, as to how awesome it was. I was very impressed with how fresh the ingredients were and how you control what goes into your rolls, versus most of the time when you have to pick out rolls already thought up of at the sushi bars. The two rolls I put together had great flavor combinations. The meal was light, I was full without being stuffed, and I felt like I had put clean, healthy food in my mouth versus getting fast food. I will say I loved the spicy mayo more than the wasabi mayo if I had to choose sauces tonight. But I’ll tell you, I was either eating these rolls up quick, or slowing myself down because I really wanted to savor each little piece of the roll. Also, look at how much FOOD you get for $18 including a drink. I have 20 pieces of rolls right here. And with fresh ginger and wasabi in the middle too (which made me tear up, that’s definitely a sign of good wasabi).

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What else is on the menu:  Besides being able to customize and build your own roll, you can choose from one of the suggested rolls, such as the California roll (inside-out seaweed wrap, crab mix, avocado, cucumber, sweet soy, and sesame seed), spicy salmon (seaweed wrap, salmon, cream cheese, green onion,carrot, spicy mayo, and sesame seed), or surf and turf (seaweed wrap, braised steak, crab mix, cucumber, asparagus, wasabi mayo, sweet soy, and sesame chili). As far as sides go, you can get carrot-ginger salad, cucumber salad, seaweed salad, spicy edamame and miso soup. They’ve also introduced kale chips to the menu. For drinks, you can get sodas, water (with fruit in it, which to me was major kudos to them!), hot tea, beer and sake.

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Why you should go: Plain and simple: you’re not going to find this specific concept in most places. If you check out the website, the story behind the restaurant is one reason to head there in itself. Three friends from childhood (whom I must say, are very good looking men!), took it upon themselves to have a fast, fresh, casual sushi restaurant. There’s one in the Cincinnati area, one in Dayton on Brown St., and there’s also one in Columbus. The concept looks similar to Chipotle, where there’s the counter with the assembly line, but that’s the incredibly fun part about it. How many times can you say you are able to go to a counter like this one, order your meat or fish, pick out the sushi wrapper you want, all the fillers, the sauces, and watch it be rolled and sliced right in front of your eyes (and if you’re wondering, these guys have machines to not only put the wrappers and rice together, but to slice the rolls too, the kids will love watching this!). Three more reasons I love Fusian’s concept: they stand by having all plant-based eco-friendly packaging materials such as the cups and straws, and its wastebaskets are separated into three columns: compost (where you put your trash and chopsticks and cups etc.), baskets (what the sushi comes in, plastic baskets), and recyclables (bottles and glass).  There’s also use of local produce, such as the summer squash coming from a farm out of Brookville, Ohio.

Compostable soy sauce cups!
Compostable soy sauce cups!

These guys BELIEVE in the power of healthy eating in our schools. The following video was another reason I wanted to make the trip to Fusian:

They’ve made a community initiative to serve sushi in schools in Dayton. How freaking cool is that?

Hats off to you three, keep doing what you’re doing. 🙂 Love, love LOVE this place. It’s a must go in my book!

Location/Hours:

1200 Brown St.
Dayton OH, 45409

p. 937.223.5173
f. 937.223.5149

hours:
monday-friday 11a – 10p
saturday-sunday 11a – 10p

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