Fusion of Flavors: Restaurant blends international fare for appealing menu

Julianne Munn May 8, 2019

World Fusion’s caliente roll is made with salmon and avocado. It is topped a sweet and spicy sauce, chips and a tuna and mango salsa.

With two dining rooms, an outside patio, sushi bar and an eclectic Asian-themed menu, World Fusion is a destination restaurant in the heart of Citrus County.
Already a premier dining spot just east of county roads intersection of 491 and 486 in Timberlane Plaza, the restaurant earned added high marks when the staff won The Peoples Choice and Best Seafood Awards at the recent Taste of Inverness competiton. 

Manager Erin Rice, daughter of owner Richard Rice, leads the team of five sushi creators who display their talents in an open kitchen adjacent to the main dining area, where patrons can sit and watch the evolution of classic sushi rolls, sashimi and nigiri.
But that’s just one aspect of this jewel of an eatery that also offers a stunning array of appetizers such as vegetable and shrimp tempura, five-spice calamari, spring rolls and wonton tuna tartare, to name just a few options.

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Over Easy: Potpourri from around the county

Julianne Munn Mar 6, 2019

Needed a break from the usual kitchen duties earlier this week, so we went to World Fusion on County Road 486, when a yen for Asian specialties would not be denied.

I’ve never had a bad meal there, but this was time was exceptional, the freshly prepared sushi, a vegetable tempura plate with sweet potatoes, asparagus and eggplant and the delicious Israeli salad.

The folks in the kitchen at Fusion and behind the sushi bar really know what they’re doing!

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A World of Flavors

Sushi Restaurant in Lecanto Adding International Diversity to Menu

Julianne Munn Jan 18, 2017

World Fusion will debut this week with an eclectic menu including Japanese, Persian, North African, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialties to complement its existing fare in the Timberline Shopping Plaza.

The restaurant, located just off County Road 486 just east of the intersection of County Roads 486 and 491, opened as Sushi-O about two years ago and has collected a following of sushi and sashimi aficionados.

Enthusiastic about the name change to Sushi-O Worldwide Fusion and the new menu are co-managers and sushi chefs Erin Rice and Stephanie Vasquez, as well as owner Richard Rice.

A notice to current and future customers notes: “Our cuisine integrates fresh local ingredients with Asian flavors for a unique and delicious worldwide fusion of cultures. In addition to sushi and sashimi, we also offer a variety of dishes from different cultures, including traditional Japanese, Thai and Chinese. Our menu includes a variety of healthy choices, as well as many vegetarian-friendly dishes.”

Erin Rice said the present sushi bar and grill menu will remain the same, but the new international menu should be complete by late January.

Asian decor will denote the location of the sushi bar and grill, according to Vasquez, and the remainder of the restaurant will focus on the international food theme.

The 65-seat restaurant has also added outdoor patio dining to its repertoire and a separate full beverage bar with a “happy hour” from 5 to 7 p.m.

“We really want to introduce new choices,” Erin Rice explained. “We plan to have Middle Eastern falafel, hummus and flat breads, gyros, clams and mussels, coconut crusted flounder, North African dishes, and Persian and Armenian entrées, such as kabobs.”

Rice said she has studied the art of sushi preparation for more than a year and has “a passion for cooking.”

Indeed, our service was exemplary during a recent visit, when we tucked into a Detroit Roll with salmon, yellowtail, shrimp, cucumber, avocado, tempura coconut fried and topped with spicy honey and cranberries. A delicious feast for the eyes, beautifully assembled.  

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