Ahem! Now that I have your attention.
Well, perhaps not, but Sushi Umi was one of the dozen best sushi meals I have had in the United States, and arguably the best maki Ive eaten between New York and California.
I was in Terre Haute this weekend for a conference, and at the suggestion of Dr. Tom Adams of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (my son is a student there), I tried Sushi Umi. Dr. Tom has a webpage: Dr. Toms Guide to Terre Haute for the Cultural Bereft: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/~adams1/be...
which deserves your attention, should you be traveling on I70.
Sushi Umi is run by Chef Qi. Yes, a Chinese chef, hailing from Shanghai. Chef Qi was trained by a Japanese sushi chef in Indianapolis, and whatever he was taught, he has certainly taken to the craft.
It must be confessed that the Nigiri suffer just a bit from the fact that fish come through Chicago, and so are slightly less fresh than what one would find in a city with direct transportation.
However, Chef Qi makes up for this by a dazzling display of creativity. The mango sunset roll was a tuna roll surrounded by mango paving, topped with a dot of Japanese ponzu, freshened with bits of spicy radish. The lobster tempura roll was fully admirable, as sublime as any soft shell crab roll I have eaten.
Perhaps best was Chef Qis Crazy Roll: half the pieces had shrimp tempura inside and eel outside, the other half were reversed. Crazy and delightful.
If Terre Haute is not precisely a serious dining destination, Sushi Umi is.
2801 South Third Street
Terre Haute, Indiana 47801
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