Our daughter had eaten at 212 Sushi Lounge and knowing that we love sushi, gave us a gift certificate as a thank you for a trip we all went on late last year. We decided to take in a late afternoon movie and then headed over to 212 Sushi Lounge for dinner.
We had an 8:00 pm reservation and arrived about 20 minutes early. This wasn’t a problem as the hostesses were able to accommodate us. The setup of the restaurant is interesting: the front/bar area is very large and more like a lounge with a DJ and an area I presume could be used for dancing and big screen TVs to catch favorite sporting events. The dining area is spacious…lots of room and you don’t feel like you are sitting in your fellow diners laps.
Most sushi restaurants have a small bar and limited cocktail selection. This is a lounge and has a great cocktail menu. My wife tried the Mango Margarita (Corzo Tequila, Salerno's Blood Orange Liqueur and Fresh Mango Nectar rimmed with Vietnamese Chili Salt)…great presentation and she thoroughly enjoyed it!
For appetizers we decided to go with Spicy Edamame (Chili pepper aioli, parmesan reggiano, lime), Tamarind & Chili Glazed Spare Ribs, and Seared Tuna Tataki. All 3 were outstanding! When you order edamame in most restaurants you get edamame. But this is really something special: a bit spicy, but a great combination with the parmesan and lime. The Tamarind & Chili Glazed Spare Ribs were served very hot and needed a couple of minutes to cool off before sampling. But the sauce was delicious with a little bite and the meat just fell off of the bone. Wonderful! And the Seared Tuna Tataki was fantastic.
On to the rolls. The selection of Signature Rolls is limited and half of them are tempura something or other. We decide to go with Mango Madness Roll (Salmon, avocado wrapped with soy bean non, topped with fresh mango mixed with fresh lobster, shrimp, tuna, served with chili mayo sauce), Rockville Centre Roll (Ahi tuna, avocado, spicy crunchy salmon & spicy miso sauce), Sunshine Roll (Fresh lobster, coconut shrimp, tuna, pineapple and cucumber wrapped in soy bean non, served with mango salsa sauce), and 212 King Roll (King crab, avocado, shrimp, deep fried, topped with spicy tuna and spicy yellow¬tail, served with chef special sauce). They were all delicious, but didn’t have that ‘something’ that made them special and really standout (like the appetizers did). My favorite of them all was probably the Rockville Centre Roll.
This is a young, hip sushi bar/lounge with great service (thank you Amanda), great drink menu, outstanding appetizers, and a signature roll selection that needs some improvement.