Tampa >Food & Dining > Water
1015 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL | Directions 3360627.933003 -82.483136
Neighborhoods: Southwest, New Suburb Beautiful
Innovative sushi for seasoned Tampa diners. – The Scene
Culinary Institute of America graduate Erin Van Zandt has taken South Tampa by storm with rice-paper rolled sushi (no nori) paired with zingy sauces and sizzling side dishes. It's a late-night hang for chiseled physiques and fashionistas. Turquoise walls, psychedelic wood-grain tables and jewel-blue stained glass make the tiny, done-on-the-cheap interior a smashing underwater fantasy.
It's connected to Ciccio and Tony's next door (same owners), but Water's cuisine is worlds away. Sticky rice bowls come draped with vibrant fish and veggies--unagi, banana and avocado; or tamer tuna sashimi with scallion, jicama, cucumber and spicy Sriracha aioli. For sharing, try Dynamite Crab, rice paper cradling lump crab, seven-spice aioli, Asian pear and mango with sticky rice, all to dunk in brilliant chive puree. Another combo: carrot, cukes, daikon sprouts, mango, pear, mint, fried shallot and spicy Vietnamese dipping sauce dotted with pops of tobiko. Finish with a simple ice cream.
Cute hole-in-the-wall with great food! – This is a very small place. It is decorated very nicely and with great taste in what seems a small budget. But the place is charming nonetheless. The sushi is truly unique and you're shocked when the bill comes. But the shock is a good one. You'll spend less than you think you will!
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