Best sushi in Tampa, Florida. Today we’re sharing with you our top 5 West coast favorites for mouthwatering sushi. These restaurants have low carb options that are great if you want to eat sushi on keto!
Some people think that you can’t eat sushi on a keto diet, but thats simply not true. We’re excited to share with you our favorite keto friendly sushi in one of our favorite towns on Florida’s West coast!
Both Faith and I visit Tampa frequently, not only for business but for pleasure as well. We’ve rented out several Air B&Bs over the past several months in Tampa, and on occasion we like to splurge for dinner – with keto sushi.
Depending on the time of the month, we’ll either choose low carb sushi options, or a little bit higher carb – which you wouldn’t normally think is keto friendly.
While we know this may be controversial topic, since not everyone does carb ups, we believe in doing a carb up around that time of the month. On these days, we normally add 35-50 grams of carbohydrates to our dinner meal to help with female hormonal regulation.
One reason we choose sushi as our carb up is because the sushi rice is a resistance starch. When the sushi rice is heated and cooled, it’s glycemic index is lowered, making less of an impact on glucose and insulin levels than if it were to be eaten hot without ever being cooled.
Enough with this dietitian talk – let’s hop into the list!
Here are the best sushi restaurants in Tampa!
Soho Sushi Tampa
Soho Sushi is our favorite! We’ve visited multiple times, not only enjoying their delicious sushi, the cute ambiance, and friendly staff. It’s equally great for date night, girl’s night out, or a casual business meeting.
We love to mix it up as far as what kind of sushi we order, but these are the menu items that we go back to time and time again! Seaweed salad, cucumber-wrapped sushi rolls & deep fried sushi rolls.
Noble Rice is a very small, intimate spot (almost like a sushi cafe) in the Hyde Park area of Tampa, close to the University of Tampa. It was rather dark inside which made for poor quality photos (sorry!), but we loved the ambiance. It’s the perfect place for a romantic date night – but we wouldn’t recommend taking a business client there, if that’s what you’re looking for.
The service was great, especially for a slower, quiet night an hour before closing (when we were there). We could definitely see how dinnertime would be really jumping there, though! The chef’s sampler sashimi was very good, if a little pricey (as most of the menu tended to be – which explains the date night rec!).
Sake 23 – Downtown St. Petersburg
Sake 23 in Downtown St. Petersburg is the most unique spot on our list! It’s definitely more of a sake bar destination, with a gorgeous white marble bar that just screams sports bar and begs to be sat at.
But don’t overlook the delicious sushi! Their sushi roll menu is a bit more limited than some other restaurants, but they are well-crafted, fresh, and were quickly and easily devoured by Faith and I as we wrote the table of contents for our next cookbook. If you have a little more exciting evening ahead for yourself, try it out for guy’s night out, or cozy up in a booth for date night.
Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar – Ybor City
The first thing you will notice about Samurai Blue is the historic, brick exterior of the building it’s in. It totally fits the vibe of its Ybor City location. The inside will surprise you, though. The gorgeous vaulted beam ceilings that stretch to the sky tower over a super intimate setting of square high-top tables, cozy booths, and a long bar that screams sake bomb. Which is perfect, since bachelor and bachelorette parties and other special occasions roll into Ybor every week.
That being said, it’s a great choice for everyday upscale dining as well. The sushi selection is varied and delicious: we enjoyed the deep-fried Philadelphia roll and a tempura shrimp roll.
Whole foods may not be on most people’s radar when it comes to sushi, but it’s a great option in Tampa – and anywhere else, really! The keto sushi options available at Whole Foods are an example of what we would eat on a carb up day, since most do contain rice.
The variety is fantastic, and the convenience is great for when you’re in a rush, or just looking for an easy meal while grocery shopping.
Is Sushi Low Carb?
It can be, as long as you skip the rice! Stick to raw or cooked fish for the lowest carb count. A simple way to make sushi rolls low carb is to ask for it to be wrapped in cucumber instead of rice. Not every restaurant will do this, so ask ahead of time before choosing a sushi spot. Be aware that some places may upcharge for this service.
Can I Eat Sushi On Keto?
Of course! The keto diet is becoming more and more popular, so if you’re lucky, your server or sushi chef can assist you with choosing the low carb sushi rolls from the menu. Always make sure to ask what’s inside if you aren’t sure.
What Sushi Can I Eat on Keto?
And easy option is to stick to sashimi, the basic slices of raw fish. Be wary of scallops and other shellfish that do contain carbs. You can also eat my favorite – seaweed salad!
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