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Tsunami Sushi opens in CBD 

Lafayette Japanese restaurant expands to New Orleans

Tsunami Sushi (601 Poydras St., Suite B, 504-608-3474; opened March 1 on the ground floor of the Pan American Life Center in the Central Business District.

  Sisters Leah Simon and Michele Ezell and Ezell's husband Sean opened the flagship Tsunami Sushi in Lafayette in 2000 and expanded to a second location in downtown Baton Rouge in 2004. Fred Nonato and Toon Nguyen, two of Tsunami's longtime employees, are partners in the new restaurant.

  The CBD location's menu mostly mirrors the other restaurants. It includes an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi, including a list of unorthodox rolls. The Green Monster is filled with coconut-fried shrimp, snow crab, cream cheese and cucumber and is topped with kiwi, avocado, strawberries and plum sauce. The Munchie roll is packed with salmon, cream cheese and avocado and covered in Doritos Nacho Cheese chips.

  The menu also includes traditional items (boiled edamame, tuna tataki, miso soup) and original dishes, such as blackened salmon with kimchi-smothered collard greens, and a pork Porterhouse rubbed with tandoori spices and served with tzatziki and sweet potato hash.

  The house specialty Pancific bread pudding dessert features mango and Hawaiian bread topped with a Polynesian praline glaze, fruit "Tsherbert," and Vietnamese coffee-flavored ice cream.

  Tsunami Sushi is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

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