Norman Arends of the Aruba Underwater Hunters Association, his family and mine were all recently WOWED by an amazing feast featuring lionfish sushi at E Sushi Shap, a sushi bar & restaurant in Aruba featuring contemporary “Japanese cuisine with a touch of Aruba and Caribbean taste.”
The lionfish sushi tasted every bit as great as it looked and to say that Andriani “Red” Geerman is a culinary artist would be an understatement. E Sushi Shap is definitely an extension of his own unique sense of style; lighting casts the restaurant in a cool blue hue and diners at any of the 10 tables are treated to a musical mix of mostly Reggae but sprinkled with unexpected surprises like Mariachi el Bronx.
Geerman, who prefers to be called Red, became interested in sushi after taking a single class while studying hospitality and he’s been hooked ever since. I found his reason to feature fresh lionfish in new and inventive ways as refreshing as his creativity He said, “When I heard about the lionfish problem here in Aruba I knew that I needed to be a part of the solution. Aruba has really pulled together and we know that we all have to be involved.”
Geerman continued, “While I am not a diver, I respect what the hunters are doing and why they are doing it. I buy lionfish directly from the local divers to support them and more restaurants could be doing the same, too.”
Then the sushi arrived and IT WAS ON in a very big way!
Topped with Tobico (Red, Green & Black) and Masago
“Kowai Lion” (Japanese for “Scary Lion”)
Lion Fish Tempura
Topped with Eel, Masago and Wakame Salad
“L & L”
Lionfish Tempura in Lime Juice
Topped with Avocado and Caesar Dressing
Thanks, Red, for a REALLY terrific night of sushi and friends. Most importantly, thank you for putting lionfish on the menu and serving lionfish in a way that both supports and educates the community!
E Sushi Shap can be found on Tanki Leendert 265A in the Shaba community of Aruba (north of Oranjestad) and online via the E Sushi Shap website or their Facebook page. I’d definitely get in touch with them beforehand if you have your heart set on eating lionfish sushi as fresh supplies can be a bit sporadic and may need advance notice.
Their operating hours are:
Mon-Thu: 11:00am – 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Fri: 11:00 am – 2:00pm, 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Sat: 12:00 pm – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Sun: 5:00 pm – 10:00pm
Call in and delivery is available. +297 587 2012
Questions? You can email E Sushi Shap here.
What is the most interesting, original or artistic lionfish preparation you have ever had? Tell us about it in the comments below!