Sora looks to elevate the sushi game in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CLE WEEKEND) -

Sushi’s social acceptance in America has been quite the dramatic ride.

What used to be a gross-out punchline (raw fish, ew!) or a shorthand for the rich and snooty is now a food you can find in even the most small-town grocery stores.

Sora, an Asian fusion restaurant in the East Bank of the Flats (1121 W 10th) is looking to take the sushi experience in Cleveland to the next level.

With its namesake specialty roll the “Sora” consisting of giant prawn tempura, avocado, American Wagyu, sweet soy, spicy mayo, caviar and gold flakes, you won’t mistake it for your standard California roll. (But if you want a California roll, they serve those too.)

Setting a focus on getting the freshest ingredients, Sora started out as a delivery-only boxed sushi service soon after the lifting of pandemic restrictions. The colorful boxes and artful presentation made it a fast favorite of social media, and it wasn’t long before a full pop-up kitchen appeared.

The collective vision of Executive Chef and owner Kevin Wang, Chef and owner Fabio Selerno and partner Kumar Arora, the business overcame the major hurdle of opening a full-service restaurant post-pandemic. The menu has quickly grown beyond sushi offerings to serve up sticky ribs, sweet potato U-don and Wagyu strip steak.

They’ve recently expanded to a full lunch menu that features stir frys and Asian sandwiches in addition to sushi.

You can see the entire menu and make reservations at the Sora website.

Zachariah Durr

Zachariah Durr

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