June 28, 2018

Fancy Sushi

1.6 min read| Published On: June 28th, 2018|

By James Combs

Fancy Sushi

1.6 min read| Published On: June 28th, 2018|

Photo: Nicole Hamel

What a catch

Clermont’s Fancy Sushi reels in aficionados.


If you didn’t know any better, you’d assume I’m hooked on raw fish. After last month’s restaurant review, I found myself wanting more of a food that has achieved global popularity: sushi. 

This time, I traveled south to Clermont and visited Fancy Sushi, where the dim lighting and smattering of Asian-influenced art make for a nice ambience. Although the dining area is relatively small, I settled into a booth that felt private. The restaurant was more than half-full, but the atmosphere was calm rather than bustling. 

You’d be doing yourself a big disservice if you dined here and didn’t order the shrimp tempura appetizer. Three plump pieces of shrimp are battered in a light and crispy coating, giving die-hard shrimp fans a new, tasty way to enjoy their snack. Another outstanding appetizer is the gyoza, a pan-fried pork dumpling with garlicky meat and a unique combination of a crispy bottom and tender, noodle-like wrapper. 

Glance at the menu and you’ll find amusing names for the plethora of sushi rolls: Donkey Kong, Sexy Roll, Snow White, and Bugs Bunny. Since I had a burning desire for something hot and spicy, I ordered the Fire Cracker roll. It lived up to its name in presentation and taste. 

When the waitress brought it out, the first thing I noticed was fire burning from a tiny wick placed in the center of the plate. How creative. My rolls, situated on the perimeter of the plate, came with tuna, salmon, cream cheese, crispy wonton chips, scallops, scallions, and spicy snow crab. Even with all those ingredients, the rolls did not come apart. Without hesitation, I can say this was the best sushi I have ever eaten. 

And with that, maybe I’ll go for a three-peat and find another sushi-serving gem to review in next month’s issue.



(Out of a possible 5)

Fancy Sushi

2417 S. U.S. Highway 27, Clermont 34711


Hours: 11am-10pm Monday-Thursday; 11am-11pm Friday-Saturday; noon-9:30pm Sunday

Fork Report:

Casual dining $$

Seated immediately (lunch hour)

Wait for meal: 10 minutes

Out-of-the-ordinary starters: ($4.95-$9.95): Wasabi shrimp, fried oyster, crispy calamari, soft-shell crab, rock shrimp.

Lunch or dinner: ($8-$72): Crispy red snapper, wok sautéed filet mignon, sesame-crusted salmon, squid salad, seafood salad, and hibachi entrees including lobster tail, filet mignon, and shrimp and chicken.

About the Author: James Combs

James Combs was a pillar of Akers Media Group since its inception in 2008. Over the years, he had the honor of interviewing Lake & Sumter County's most fascinating personalities, from innovative business owners to heroic war veterans, bringing their incredible stories to life. Throughout his career, James earned over 50 awards for writing excellence, a testament to his talent and dedication. In 2021, he was inducted into the Akers Media Group Hall of Fame. Sadly, James passed away in 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer. His legacy of storytelling and excellence continues to inspire us all.

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