New restaurant offers creative sushi, solution to parking dilemma

Written by on July 11, 2012 in Baltimore Bites, Blogs, Featured - 2 Comments

A dragon breathes fire amid Ron Choi’s handiwork.

Those Canton residents who love sushi but don’t love abandoning their parking spots after 5 p.m. have a new option in the Sushi Place, at 2224 Fleet St., just off Patterson Park Ave.

“Our goal is to bring Canton the best sushi ever,” said owner Billy Malkin, a big sushi fan himself.

“I love sushi so much that it’s cheaper for me to own a sushi restaurant than to buy it from somebody else,” he said.

Malkin also owns CWM Contracting. The Sushi Place, which  is his first foray into the restaurant business, is equal parts take-out and dine-in establishment. Like sushi itself, the restaurant is clean and simple, with a floor of light wood and a bar and tables of dark wood. Patrons can sit at an intimate table or at the bar, where they can watch the sushi chefs prepare an elaborate roll or slice sashimi with precision.

“The attraction here is intimacy,” said sushi chef Ron Choi, a Hollywood stuntman in his previous life. “It’s just a really great local sushi bar.”

Choi has been a sushi chef for 14 years. He has developed several signature rolls for the Sushi Place.

A primer for the uninitiated: A roll starts with a dark square of seaweed paper, then a layer of sticky rice. On top of the rice, the chef gets creative. He may add fish, vegetables, or other ingredients. The whole thing is rolled into a dowel shape, then sliced into disks maybe an inch thick.

Choi said that his Yellow Basil Roll has been a  big hit. It combines mozzarella cheese, tomato, basil, cucumber, and yellow tail.

“It’s a unique kind of flavor,” said Choi.

The Big B Roll, Malkin’s favorite, has tempura shrimp, cucumber, avocado, eel, mango, eel sauce, and massago.

Both Malkin and Choi emphasized their commitments to customer service.

“I love to make people happy, and I love to make people smile,” said Malkin.

Choi said that so far, customer feedback has been very positive.

“I hear people say, ‘We’re definitely coming back,’” he said. “I have a really good feeling about this place.”

by Erik Zygmont

2 Comments on "New restaurant offers creative sushi, solution to parking dilemma"

  1. Sadao July 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm · Reply

    That’s the first dragon sushi I’ve seen that breathes fire. So cool! I love it!

  2. Sharon Bondroff July 13, 2012 at 9:39 am · Reply

    New in town? Despite the restaurant owner’s assertion about “bringing Sushi to Canton,” your first sentence should’ve been a tad more inclusive given that the 2200 block of Fleet is as convenient to Fells Point people and the many folks who live in Upper Fells Point, around Patterson Park and in Highlandtown.

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