The Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company is a favorite Gainesville, Florida restaurant.
The concept of the Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company is that of owner Hirofumi Leung, president of Imagin Asia Restaurant Management Group.
Hirofumi Leung grew up in both Hong Kong and Japan but went to college at the University of Florida, majoring in marketing and economics. After graduating, he found himself in Tokyo and Chicago, but eventually ended up back in Gainesville, Florida near his old alma mater. In 2000, Mr. Leung came up with the concept of his Dragonfly Sushi restaurant. Mr. Leung, along with his partners, opened Dragonfly Sushi as well as Dragonfly's sister restaurant, Rolls 'n Bowls. Mr. Leung and his partner recently made it on the Florida Sun's "40 Under 40", which lists up and coming and successful local business people to watch.
About Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company
The restaurant has won numerous awards for his outstanding menu and drink selection and has also won the "Best Restaurant to Dine" by Florida Trend magazine. Dragonfly Sushi is heavily lauded by restaurant goers as having the best sushi in town. The restaurant also has a very interesting concept steeped in Japanese tradition.
The Sharing Concept
Just about every restaurant has a concept behind it and Dragonfly is no exception. On their menu they explain the legend like this: "According to Japanese legend, families dined using three foot long chopsticks. The only way to eat was to feed each other. Dragonfly Sushi and Sake Company is proud to bring back this intimate concept through the sharing of dishes, which also means sharing of the heart."
Wondering what exactly it is you'll be sharing while visiting Dragonfly Sushi and Sake? Here's a breakdown of some the restaurant's menu items:
Here are just a few of the cold dishes (hiyashimono) offered:
- Ceviche - A mixture of salmon and crab served with cilantro, mango and mint in a rice wine lime vinaigrette.
- Sunomono - If you're feeling adventurous, try this dish that includes octopus, conch, snapper, tuna and crab.
- Tataki - A dish featuring your choice of seasoned beef or tuna, seared rare.
Of course, the restaurant also offers warm dishes to share with your friends and loved ones.
There are a few more warm dishes (yakimono) than cold dishes offered at Dragonfly Sushi. Here is a little sampling:
- Yaki Soba - Stir fried vegetables served with Japanese soba noodles in a house made sweet soy barbecue sauce.
- Soft Shell Crab - This whole crab is served with ponzu sauce (a citrus based sauce) and fresh greens.
- 'Katsu - Fried chicken, beef or seafood served with katsu sauce.
- Fresh Catch of the Day - Generally this is salmon or yellow tail. Dragonfly offers both items based on availability.
Now, onto the sushi offerings:
Known for its sushi, here's a bit of what they have to offer:
- Tri-Me - Tuna, salmon and izumi dai (red snapper)
- Ocean's 11 - Assorted shellfish offerings
- Shiso Pretty - Tuna tartar wrapped in a shiso leaf and fried.
Sake is a rice wine that is fermented in a similar way to beer. Though it's brewed like beer, it is served more similarly to wine. Just like wine, there are many different types, and price points for sake. The restaurant's sake menu is too extensive to list here. As a matter of fact, they have a separate menu just for their sake.
Visiting Dragonfly Sushi and Sake
If you are planning to be in the Gainesville area and are craving great food and sushi and a bit of sake in a trendy and hip atmosphere, here's where you can find Dragonfly Sushi and Sake:
- 201 SE Second Street, Suite 104
- Gainesville, Florida
- (352) 371-3359
Here are the restaurant's hours of operation (as of 2009):
- Monday through Thursday: 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch and 5 PM to 10 PM for dinner
- Friday: 11:30 AM to 2 PM for lunch and 5 PM to 12 AM for dinner
- Saturday: 5 PM to 12 AM for dinner
As with all popular and trendy restaurants in any city around the world, expect it to be busy, so you might just want to call ahead and make reservations if you don't want to wait for a table.