Dear fellow tasters,
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to attend an OpenRice gathering at Taiyo Sushi, a recently renovated sushi joint located in Pluit, North Jakarta area. There were several other food bloggers appearing and we had a chance to savor some of Taiyo Sushi’s signature sushi and other Japanese dishes. The restaurant spots a wood-dominated interior, typical of a Japanese-inspired place. Most of the sushi rolls served for us were fusion sushi, although I was quite curious to try their traditional menu as well.
We began the lunch gathering with a bowl of chawan mushi. I always love a good chawan mushi and this one passed my bar. Then, after watching the sushi making and blow-torching show by Taiyo Sushi chefs, we tasted five sushi creation – tempura maki floss, Taiyo special roll, unagi salmon special, aburi mozzarella roll and spicy salmon fry. All were enjoyable with highlights on the unagi salmon special and aburi mozzarella roll. I actually had higher expectations for the first one because I’m an avid unagi lover, however I could barely taste the unagi there, probably because of all the drizzled mayonnaise. As for the latter, I would just say that I have a love hate situation with fusion sushi that uses cheese because sometimes the cheese flavor just overpowers everything else.
We also got to try one pasta dish, the kare pasta which tasted quite nice with hints of curry sweetness and spiciness. All in all, Taiyo Sushi would be perfect if you like aburi stuffs, mayo, floss and other fusion ingredients on your sushi rolls. I personally am more excited to see raw fish as my sushi topping. Thank you OpenRice and Taiyo Sushi for the lovely gathering.
The taster’s notes:
Favorite dish – unagi salmon special, aburi mozzarella roll
What to try next time – the traditional menu
Jl. Pluit Putera Raya No.17, Pluit Jakarta
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