The Bottom Line
- Some of the best sushi in Jacksonville
- Relaxing atmosphere
- Large menu
- Service can be spotty
- Parking is sparse
- Address: 2025 Riverside Ave. #204
- Phone Number: (904) 384-2888
- Hours:: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Pricing:: Entrées, $9.95 to $24.95, Sushi Rolls: $3.00 to $9.00
Guide Review - Sushi Cafe
After one less-than-satisfactory experience, we decided to give Sushi Cafe in Jacksonville another shot, given its reputation for delicious food and history of recognition from local publications.
The food wasn't the problem in the previous visit -- it was the service. This time, however, we found the staff at Sushi Cafe in Riverside to be friendly and attentive, even gladly catering to my companion's insatiable appetite for lemons by bringing a small bowl of them with her water.
We started out with edamame as an appetizer; it was lightly steamed to perfection and sprinkled with just the right amount of sea salt. At only $3.25, it was also a bargain.
Given Sushi Cafe's enormous menu, we had trouble deciding what to order. We decided to stick with sushi in lieu of one of the restaurant's entrées. I ordered the Veggie Combo Roll and my companion had the Jimmy Smith -- a roll named after former Jaguars' star receiver Jimmy Smith, who used to custom order it.
Our salads -- basic iceberg lettuce tossed with ginger dressing -- arrived prior before our sushi. The dressing was superb, and not quite as strong as some other ginger dressings.
Our sushi came out just as we finished the salads and the majority of the edamame -- perfect timing. The rolls were well presented on elegant small plates; each piece was loosely stacked at an angle, with the exception of one or two, just as sushi should be
The Veggie Combo Roll came with blanched asparagus, oshinko (pickled vegetables) and kampyo. I requested cream cheese be added to the roll to keep it from being too dry, and was very happy with the results.
My companion's Jimmy Smith Roll had salmon, crab and cream cheese. It was deep fried in a tempura batter and served hot. While she enjoyed it, she preferred the traditional roll she had during the previous visit (Rock 'n Roll).