Sushi Taste: A Japanese Restaurant, Born from Benihana

Sushi Taste
If you're on Carrera 76, just north of Calle 33, you can't miss Sushi Taste.
The salmon skin roll is my favorite.
The salmon skin roll is my favorite.

Walking around this growing city, you never know what new things you’re going to see.

One day last summer, I was passing through Laureles with Adeline, a new friend who is originally from France but moved to the States when she was a kid, and we saw a new sushi restaurant, Sushi Taste. We vowed we’d go someday to try it, before she left the country.

We never did. But I finally did. And I’m glad I did.

It’s as good as any sushi restaurant in the city.

The fish is great, really fresh, and the owner, Luis, is part Japanese, thanks to one of his grandmothers.

Luis is from Bogotá, a former chef at Benihana who decided he wanted to bring something similar to Medellin, where the weather is better.

The teppanyaki table, where art and food collide.
The teppanyaki table, where art and food collide.

His restaurant features two teppanyaki tables so people can watch this artful form of cooking. The night I was there, taking pictures, one of the chefs said I made him nervous.

I haven’t been told that since I was an investigative reporter in Florida.

It was fun watching. It reminded me of the times I used to go to Benihana with my parents when they would visit me in Reno, where I was attending the University of Nevada to get my journalism degree.

You can count on a future Medellin Living event to take place at Sushi Taste.

Luis works his magic with rice and raw fish.
Luis works his magic with rice and raw fish.

We’ll start, of course, with some sushi.

I’ve tried the rock and roll, which consists of salmon and cream cheese, topped with avocado.

The spicy tuna roll is pretty good too.

But my favorite is the salmon skin roll, a roll that makes you smile because of the incredible taste and laugh because of a LMFAO-episode of Friends about self-defense.

Next time I go, I’ll have to try the anago maki, or eel roll. I’ve loved eel ever since my dad tricked me into eating it by telling me it was chicken. (I think I may have told this story before. Sorry.)

I also want to try the miso soup, to see how Luis’s recipe compares to my grandma’s. I love your restaurant, Luis, but I don’t think anyone can match my grandma’s miso soup.

Doesn’t matter. He does a good job with everything else.

I love the little bamboo garden. Reminds me of a couple of the small restaurants I went to in Japan’s countryside when I was 13.

The bamboo garden is a nice part of the ambience.
The bamboo garden is a nice part of the ambience.

I’m sure I’ll like the teppanyaki too.

The sushi, though, will always be my primary reason for going.

Shortly after I went, I sent Adeline a message to tell her I finally ate there and she was happy I got to try it.

I asked her when she planned to return to Medellin, so we can go together sometime, so she can enjoy Sushi Taste as much as I have.

She doesn’t know. She’s moving back to France.

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