The Vinoy Renaissance is known for its casual elegance, updated historic luxury, and eclectic fine cuisine served in five venues. Now it will be known for having the best sushi in St Pete.
I recently attended an event designed to showcase the Vinoy's sushi and sake offerings. Chef Alon Hershkowitz explained that the Vinoy has offered creative and incredibly fresh sushi for some time. It's just that no one seems to know about it. And they definitely should, because it is definitely the best in St Pete and possibly in all of Tampa Bay. .
Chef Alon specializes in sushi that is made of the absolute freshest fish with thoughtful combinations of flavors and textures. The Tuna Poke made with diced sashimi tuna, scallions, sesame seeds and spun Cucumber was like a taste of early summer, fresh and clean. The Vinoy Roll made of spicy tuna, fresh guacamole, and roasted garlic slivers was my favorite among many favorites. The Owatatsumi Roll combined spicy tuna with grilled pineapple, teriyake eel, jalapeno, and teriyaki sauce. It was a sweet kick in the pants.
The Vinoy boasts an wide variety of cold sakes to complement their sushi and sashimi. The surprise taste sensation for the evening was the MIO Sparkling Sake infused with blackberry...move over Mimosa!
The full menu is available at Marchand's Grill. About 75% of the sushi menu is also available at The Veranda and the Promenade Lounge.