Aqua Coastal Sushi is unique idea with potential

Published: Friday, February 8, 2013 at 08:33 AM.

ROSEMARY BEACH — On its website, Aqua Coastal Sushi is described as “urban chic and sexy.” It also emphasizes “creative food in a cool atmosphere.”

Aqua Coastal Sushi is visually appealing. And the menu is filled with interesting sounding items. But something gets lost in the execution.

The food
Our server explained to us that Aqua Coastal Sushi is a tapas-style sushi restaurant. Each section of the menu features small plates. Dishes are composed with exotic ingredients and unusual combinations.

Salmon is served with truffle oil, sesame and sriracha. A salmon roll featuring eel, avocado and banana. Crab and whitefish are teamed with melon, coconut .h and honey. Despite the creativity, the resulting dishes were generally bland.

And there were issues that didn’t impact the flavor, but diminished the enjoyment of the meal. Some items were difficult to eat. The Lobster Melon Sunomono was a salad of lobster meat and three kinds of melon. It also included cucumber served as a long spiral, making the dish difficult to share (and impossible to eat with the chopsticks that had been provided).

Although it is not necessary that a sushi restaurant do things just like every other sushi restaurant to be good, sometimes common practices are there because they work.

At most sushi restaurants, large orders of sushi come out on a single tray or two. At Aqua Coastal Sushi each roll gets its own plate.

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