Sushi Swims South
Influenced by their popular sisters to the north, two delicious Asian places angle for supremacy in a crowded beach market. Who will win? The diner, of course.
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Stingray Sushi Bar + Asian-Latino Grill
59 Lake Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 227-6476
Prices Appetizers $9-$18, sushi rolls $7-$15, entrées $15-$30
Recommended dishes Grouper ceviche, sushi, fish tacos, filet with Asian demi-glace and gorgonzola butter
Saketumi Sushi Bar and Lounge
18814 Coastal Hwy.,Rehoboth Beach; 645-2818
Prices Sushi rolls $8-$16, special rolls $12-$15, a la carte $4-$8, sushi and sashimi $22-$36, entrées $15-$26
Recommended dishes Sushi rolls, Thai lemongrass soup, smoked spareribs and lamb chops with Tibetan spices
Everybody was kung fu fighting,” sang Carl Douglas on the radio. “Those cats were fast as lightning.” Chopsticks in hand, I cast a furtive glance around the dining room. There was something politically incorrect about hearing an inane 1974 tune while dining in an Asian restaurant. Shouldn’t I be listening to soft flutes and chimes?
Expect the unexpected at Saketumi Sushi Bar and Lounge in Rehoboth Beach, whose whimsical name demonstrates that it is far from the average Asian eatery. “Girls Just Want to have Fun” was next up on the radio.
Saketumi is not the only Asian restaurant that’s bucking the norm. Stingray Sushi Bar + Asian Latino Grill debuted last year at the beach. There are similarities. Both modern-looking restaurants execute dishes that tweak Asian cuisine, and both are owned by Wilmington restaurateurs who’ve already found success with sushi. But there are differences, too, which may nudge you in one direction more than another.
Saketumi sits on busy Del. 1, just outside Rehoboth, in the building formerly occupied by Ann Marie’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant—though you wouldn’t know it, judging by the extensive renovation. There is plenty of parking and, inside, there is plenty of space. The restaurant is divided into a sushi bar area, a main dining room and, in the back, a lounge with its own bar, cushy leather sofas and high-top tables.
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