Take a mini masterclass on our Lionfish menu as we talk Sushi, Sashimi, & Crudo.
Lionfish’s menu takes guests on a flavorful adventure over land and the sea, giving a nod to various methods of serving long-time favorites by incorporating a worldly mix of menu items that spotlight the many ways of eating raw fish and beef. Let’s start with the basics!
Sushi and Sashimi are Japanese, while crudo originated from Spain and Italy. Sushi is served with vinegar seasoned rice, thinly sliced fresh fish, and often accompanied by raw vegetables. Sashimi, on the other hand, is strictly the select fish sliced thin and typically dipped in soy sauce. Crudo, literally means “raw,” and encompases fish, shellfish, or beef. Unlike Sashimi where the fish is slightly dipped in soy sauce to finish off the dish, Crudo is topped with olive oil, citrus, or some type of vinaigrette to enhance the dish.
We wanted to know more about how Chef Johnny Demartini picked the ideal fish for sushi. “I pick the fish for sushi or crudos first by seasonality and availability to ensure I am getting the freshest product possible.” There are other tell-tell signs for the best selection of fish. “I look for bright red gills, clear eyes, and avoid any fish that has a strong smell.”
When it comes to picking his favorites on the menu, Chef Johnny points to the Bezerk Sushi Roll made with tempura shrimp, avocado, OOBA, Salmon Belly, Brown Butter Aoili, Citrus, Negi, and Sweet Soy. The crudo dish he cannot get enough of? That’s our Yellowfin Tuna Crudo. It’s made with Thai leche de tigre, Tart Apple & Jicama, Chili Oil, and Micro cilantro.
And there you have it! The next time you are asked the million dollar question: what is the difference between sushi, sashimi, and crudo, you know all you need to know to impress and suggest at your next dinner party.