Just around the corner from East Lake on Tampa Road is a fantastic locale for fresh seafood, hand-rolled sushi and delicious cuisine in an upbeat atmosphere.
Conveniently located at 3689 Tampa Road in Oldsmar, Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille is a must-see, must-taste restaurant that exceeds traditional sushi joints with a fresh contemporary style, and special twists on your favorite sushi rolls.
The ambiance is perfect for a romantic date, casual dinner with friends and family or a healthy and deliciously affordable lunch. Lunch specials are served Monday-Friday from 11:00am – 2:00pm and feature many delectable options like the Teriyaki bowls, which are served with steamed rice, veggies and your choice of meat for less than $10.00! Combo Bento plates are also a fantastic affordable lunch option if you are anything like me, and enjoy trying a little bit of everything. Combo Bento Plates are served with steamed rice, house salad, half a California roll and your choice of Panko Chicken, Korean Short Ribs, Panko Crab Cake, Sushi & Sashimi or Shrimp and Veggie Tempura… and they are all under $10.00! They also have a lunch special that includes 2 classic rolls and soup or salad, also for under $10.00!
“This is the best sushi spot in Oldsmar, hands down,” says Local Food Guide Paul H. “Their food is incredibly fresh and they offer a great drink selection. They have great happy hour sushi specials with a really friendly wait staff. This place is perfect for a date night or a healthy and delicious lunch. Hot Tuna has quickly become our go to sushi place due to the consistent quality and incredible service.”
Hot Tuna has been offering diners the tastiest, freshest and most beautifully prepared fare since opening its doors in May 2013. Family owned and operated, Hot Tuna is meticulously ran by Hanh and her family, who combined forces from their previous experience in the restaurant business to bring this concept to life. Together, Hanh and the entire staff enjoy providing new spins on traditional Asian cuisine. All chefs and sushi chefs have many years of experience, and their incredible talent and skills translates into culinary works of art that are fun, delicious and always fresh!
“We rebuilt this entire place to be the perfect setting for Hot Tuna,” says Hanh. Hot Tuna features beautiful lighting, a stylish sushi bar, miniature rock gardens and intimate table settings in a tastefully decorated fashion. Upbeat music plays throughout the restaurant at the perfect level; guests feel as if they have entered an upscale, yet casually swank restaurant. The menu at Hot Tuna offers diners a diverse selection of masterpieces. Hanh says, “We are more than just a sushi place. We have steak, chicken, shrimp, teriyaki bowls and other tasty entrées. Some people don’t like sushi, so we strive to offer many options, so people in your party aren’t feeling left with only sushi to choose from.”
Hot Tuna features a delicious array of appetizers. My husband is a big seafood lover, so he chose to try the T-N-T mussels with wasabi Japanese mayo and wasabi tobiko. I just want to mention that he ate ALL of them in less than 10 minutes and did not even share… this tells me they were quite delicious! I am big fan of anything “tempura” style, so we also ordered the Udon Tempura which consisted of a delicious bowl of seafood broth with udon noodles, served with a side of tempura shrimp and vegetables… the broth was very good and the tempura shrimp and veggies were perfectly light and crispy and served with a delicious tempura sauce.
Salads at Hot Tuna are crafted to perfection. My husband and I loved the Sunomono Salad, with sliced cucumbers and assorted fresh seafood with rice wine vinaigrette. I have mentioned this in other stories, but I want to point out again that we take seafood very seriously. My husband is a fishing guide, so he has taught me how to recognize fresh seafood at restaurants, and Hot Tuna had some of the freshest fish we’ve ever had!
Hanh sent out a large spread of beautifully presented sushi rolls for our tasting pleasure, and they were all unique and delicious. The Jade Dragon Roll was to die for! Imagine the perfect combination of sesame tuna, asparagus, Krab delight and cream cheese, topped with tempura chips, smelt roe, avocado and finished off with a sweet and spicy chili sauce… YUM! All the flavors combined created an incredible explosion of flavor and the chili sauce gave this roll the perfect amount of spice, so I did not need to put any extra wasabe on it or anything. The Paper Crane Roll, consisted of spicy tuna, atomic aioli, white rice, spring mix, cucumber and daikon, all wrapped in thin rice paper and topped with a flavorful sesame chili oil. This roll was so flavorful yet light at the same time, it was like nothing I had ever tasted before. If you’re into fresh sushi but are tired of the same old rolls, give the Jade Dragon and the Paper Crane Rolls a try, I promise you will enjoy them as much as I did. I tend to play it safe when it comes to sushi, but I am very glad Hanh brought these two creative options for us to sample. We also had the opportunity to sample a third sushi roll and my personal favorite of the day; the Rock n’ Rolla roll. Remember I said I loved everything tempura? Well I also love spicy tuna, so this roll really spoke to me. Spicy tuna, Krab delight, and cucumber topped with tempura white fish, scallion and eel sauce… Wow! The clever mix of raw, crunchy, sweet and spicy were truly the perfect combination for this tuna/tempura lover. Truly these sushi chefs know how to roll!
Hanh is very proud of Hot Tuna’s sake selections and your server will be more than willing to explain the different tastes to help you find the perfect sake for your enjoyment. Sake can be enjoyed hot or cold, it all depends on your particular preference. Hanh also mentioned that they are recently offering a wide variety of Japanese beers from the Kiuch Brewery like the White Ale and the Red Rice Ale Kitachino Nest. I personally prefer beer over sake, so having the opportunity to try exotic new beers along with exotic sushi rolls was truly the icing on the cake.
Speaking of desserts, we had the chance to fall in love with the delicious flavor of Hot Tuna’s Tempura Ice Cream. Creamy vanilla ice cream is wrapped in pound cake and fried to perfection, then drizzled with chocolate and strawberry syrup over a slice of pineapple and surrounded by mountains of whip cream!
Hot Tuna Specials!
Hot Tuna has fabulous food and specials for you everyday! Happy Hour is from 5 – 7 p.m. every Monday through Friday and features 10 different Happy Hour Classic Rolls for $4 each, $1 nigiri (with rice) pieces and $2 sashimi (no rice) – these specials are for dining in only and there is a $10 minimum order.
“This is definitely one of my go-to places for awesome Sushi. Their service is excellent and the food is oh so fresh! I love meeting my daughter here and we go as often as we can,” says Denise Houseberg. “Don’t Miss the Happy Hour deals on rolls. It’s the best deal in town and delicious too!”
Half priced Appetizers are offered Monday through Friday from 8:00pm to close. As well as 2 for 1 Saketinis & Sake Sangria, $2 House Wines, $2 Domestic and $3 Imported Beers.
Enjoy the modern style and freshness of Hot Tuna Sushi Bar & Grille, located at 3689 Tampa Road in Oldsmar. Hot Tuna is open Mon. – Thurs. from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–10 p.m.; Fri. from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–10:30 p.m.; from 12 –10:30 p.m. on Sat; and 12–9 p.m. on Sun. For more information, call (813) 818-TUNA or visitwww.hottunasushi.com for the full menu! Hot Tuna gift cards are great gifts!