Gaysha New World Sushi – Wilton Manors, FL

Rating: ★★★★½

Gaysha New World Sushi Bar
2223 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33334
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Gaysha New World Sushi is an unpretentious place where you can get some quality, affordable sushi in a nice casual atmosphere from super friendly people.

The proprietor, Takeshi Kamioka, does not stock cream cheese, kani stick and frozen tamago. In fact, there is no fryer on premises so he cannot make tempura rolls either. That leaves them unable to dish up the dumbed-down fare that many sushi novices stick to for safety. You know the type, that orders the same safe sauce-covered roll every time…

This quiet place has six tables inside, and another couple outside. They serve beer, wine and sake and of course – sushi. Their menu is appropriately small, with a mix of appetizers, sushi rolls, entrees, etc. However patrons may find the sushi rolls offerings a bit sparse, as there are not even a half dozen rolls listed!

But they also have a “specials” whiteboard. Next time we change the scoring system I think having a “specials” whiteboard ought to count for a half point by itself. Of course we recommend you look here before ordering!

This is really the right way to eat at a small place like this – see what’s new and featured today and give it a try. We ate some items from the whiteboard and were pleased with every one. The UNI Shooter shown here was really nice and refreshing, and it seems to be a staple on the “specials” board.

Oh and by the way, be sure to try their soba ale when you visit, it really hits the spot. Tamago is also recommended, because he makes his own. All good sushi chefs should, but so many these days buy the cheap frozen crap. In case you want to critique Takeshi’s ability, check out this clip of him making a tuna roll.

Kamioka-san learned his craft growing up in a sushi bar in Fort Lauderdale owned by his father. “My dad never taught me how to make sushi”, he said, telling us the story of learning from his father’s best sushi chefs. Now the tables have turned, and his parents come to his restaurant to eat.

“My mother doesn’t eat raw fish”, he told us. “I give her the cooked items”, pointing to the end of the sushi case with unagi, ebi (shrimp) and tamago. We hope to meet his folks in there some day too.

All in all this place will make you feel right at home. It’s a casual place, but with top-notch sushi. If you’re smart you’ll belly up to the sushi counter and ask for the chef’s special.

Rating: ★★★★½

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