Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant Sushi-Go opens in Tampa’s Channel District

Unique sushi rolls—like its uramaki salmon with seaweed, raw salmon and sesame seeds—occupy its menu.

click to enlarge Japanese-Brazilian fusion restaurant Sushi-Go opens in Tampa’s Channel District
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The largest population of Japanese people outside of Japan reside in Brazil, and Tampa's newest fusion restaurant pays homage to this unique intersection of identities.

Sushi-Go is located in Suite 155 at 1208 E Kennedy Blvd., inside of a large mixed-use building that also houses Maloney’ Local Irish Pub, Stageworks Theatre, and a Crunch Fitness. The Japanese-Brazilian restaurant celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, June 11, and is now open four days a week.

With a small menu of both raw and cooked rolls, Sushi-Go offers dishes like its Hot Philadelphia roll—complete with panko-breaded hossomaki tempura, green onions and sesame seeds.

The newly-opened restaurant shares a space with dessert cafe Gelato-Go—although we’re not sure how well raw fish and ice cream go together. A representative from Sushi-Go, Flabeano Castro, tells Creative Loafing in an email that all orders will be made to-go, to encourage guests to eat in the building’s outdoor courtyard.

Castro also says that its current offerings will stick around for the near future, but he eventually hopes to add more Brazilian items to Sushi-Go’s menu. Beverage options are limited, but they do sell Guarana, a popular Brazilian soda.

“Today, there are over 1.5 million Brazilians who are of Japanese ancestry, making it the world’s largest community of Japanese descendants outside Japan. Brazil and Japan have a long-term relationship,” Castro writes to CL.

“Sushi-Go Tampa is born out of the energy and spirit of these two cultures, a coalition that took root in the early 20th century when more than 200,000 Japanese citizens immigrated to Brazil in search of a new life and shared their rich gastronomy and culture with those who were already there.”

For the latest on Tampa’s newest fusion spot, follow its Instagram at @sushigotampa. It’s now open from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon-8 p.m. on Sundays.
Location Details


1208 E Kennedy Blvd. (Suite 115), Tampa Tampa

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