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I'm new to Tampa and am trying to find a great go-to sushi place. So far the only place I've been to is Samuari Blue. While it wasn't terrible, I have kind of gotten tired of it and to be honest I would prefer they invest less energy in the presentation and pretty flourishes on the plate, and put more effort into the food. Also, the last time I ate there my rolls were disappointing--the rice was very chewy, maybe undercooked?

Regardless--I'm looking for a new place with great, fresh sushi. Doesn't have to be fancy. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Personally, I like I Ai Sushi. The sushi is very good but I like the place because it also has delicious appetizers and non-sushi items. I also like the place because it is really just about the food, no ambiance. I would love to see them stay in business, so please go and check it out.

    I Ai Sushi
    3691 W Waters Ave
    Tampa, FL 33614
    (813) 932-1111

    1. My fave is Water on Howard Ave in S. Tampa. Great sushi, unique combinations, mostly rice paper wrapped rolls, sushi bowls, fresh, fresh, fresh. definately worth a try.

      http://www.ciccioandtonys.com/water/i...

      1015 1/2 S. Howard Ave
      Tampa, 33606
      813-514-4426

      1. Water is very good. Kiku on Clearwater beach is one of the best, most authentic in the area. Tokyo Bay in Tierra Verde has great quality fish, as does Hook's sushi in St. Pete.

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        1. re: laboheme

          On this side of the bay, we hit Tokyo Bay frequently. If we are "over there" :-) we like to go to Sakana Sushi Restaurant. 2908 W Gandy Blvd (813) 837-8744.

        2. No dought its Yoko's on MacDill ave, just souht of Bay to Bay blvd...my weekly stop to see Yoko, fresh fresh sushi, sashimi, and great rolls!!(Caliente, Bucs, Sister, mmmm)...her son owns SOHO Sushi which is now on Kennedy Blvd, excellent as well.

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          1. re: rshally

            I have to throw my support behind Yoko's and Sakana--the best sushi I've been able to find since I moved to Tampa from NYC. Sakana is certainly trendier than Yoko's, and it's a great date spot.

          2. Soho Sushi on Kennedy near Henderson (across the street from Channel 13) is excellent--I cannot recommend it highly enough! Sakana is my second choice. Yoko's? Sorry, I don't get it. Too much mayo all over everything.

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            1. re: Miss E

              My buddy, who's pickier than I am regarding sushi, loves SOHO Sushi also... Supposedly nice folks running it as well...

              I'll pop in soon...

              1. re: Mild Bill

                I will have to agree with the last couple of posts. I just went to this SOHOsushi over there on Kennedy and it's like a hidden little gem in tampa. you would never know it was there from the old building that it's in, but this place is unbelievable. i had some tempura roll [that my friend wanted] and i also had some stuff that the chef whipped up. pretty tastey. listen, im no snob, but i like to drink something good with my sushi, and they, by far, have the best wine selection in a sushi bar that doesnt have full liquor. Cakebread... i mean who serves that at any other sushi bar?! seriously... you HAVE GOT to try this place. ill be back tomorrow!

            2. I'm a sushi Nazi, and of all the places mentioned, all are good, but again like Miss E said they're all so mayonnaisey... if you want that super americanized sushi just go to samurai blue and call it a day. My two favorite spots are ironically:

              Cafe Japon (at international plaza) - for Omakase, real wasabi, and high quality fish/seafood/meats (but the service sucks)

              Tokyo Sushi (fowler & 56th) - for rolls, they have a roll that is the size of your forearm called the "CD roll" (probably because it comes out looking like a compact disk diameter log haha, but it's amazing and costs 15.95, which is expensive but it would feed eithopia. for a week. lots of unique apps at this place too.