Fusion restaurants combine the best of both worlds, like a pair of perfectly fitting jeans made out of extra-lean beef jerky. Taste the results of culinary worlds colliding with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Japanese-Spanish fusion cuisine at SUBA Sushi & Tapas Lounge in Long Beach.
SUBA gets its East-meets-West feel from housing two master chefs under one roof: Executive chef David Santiago Sr., an expert in contemporary Spanish cuisine, brings experience from SUBA NYC and Boqueria in New York, while chef Shane Hollinger infuses sushi creations with flare from his native Hawaii. The menu features Spanish classics such as paella SUBA, a mingling of rice with fresh clams, mussels, shrimp, squid, chorizo, and more ($22), as well as reinventions of old classics such as the toro burger, mixed with chorizo and saucified with spicy mango salsa and habañero mayo ($9). Like a double major in biology and football, the signature sushi rolls combine unexpected ingredients, as exemplified by the light my fire roll's mixture of spicy tuna, cream cheese, tempura jalapeño, mango honey, and actual fire, as it comes flambé to the table ($14). Mark Richmond's Japanese tattoo-style art completes the eclectic ambience, making a visit to SUBA as tasty for the eyes as it is for the buds.
Yelpers give SUBA Sushi & Tapas Lounge a four-star average:
Cal Heights/Bixby Knolls/Los Cerritos
3736 Atlantic Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90807Get Directions