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Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey brings fresh fish to the Melrose District

Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey is set to open this summer in the Melrose District at 4232 N. 7and Ave. Already a popular destination in Palm Springs, Sandfish offers a creative dining experience paired with a very curated selection of Japanese whiskey as the basis of its cocktail program. At the helm of the restaurant is chef-owner Engin Onural, a master sushi chef recognized by the Sushi Proficiency Institute and certified by the AJSA Sushi Skills Institute. Listed in the Best Chefs America Index in 2015, he was a recipient of the World Sushi Cup and the Kuro-Obi Pin in 2017.

“We put an incredible amount of care and attention to detail into everything we do from start to finish at Sandfish to ensure a flawless experience when guests dine with us,” says Chef Onural. “We look forward to creating an environment where Phoenix residents can enjoy an intimate evening or a special celebration.”


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The carefully curated menu is thoughtfully crafted to take diners on an epicurean adventure that appeals to all the senses. Customers are invited to start their journey with finger foods like spicy tuna tostadas, stuffed zucchini flowers or more traditional gyozas. Moving down the menu, the selection of signature rolls is really where Chef Onural’s creativity shines. Favorites include The Experiment Roll (snow crab with mango, avocado, and cucumber topped with tuna, jalapeno, cilantro, and yuzu aioli) and the Baby Langoustine Roll (crab meat and avocado topped with tempura-style baby langoustine, spicy aioli, teriyaki sauce and micro green vegetables).

Off the sushi menu, Chef Onural’s signature dishes include Hamachi Kama, a necklace of amberjack cooked to perfection and served with ponzu, scallions and micro-vegetables, Spanish octopus braised and grilled then served with hummus edamame, bubu arare, tsukudani nori and micro greens, and the Albacore Tataki, a dish of seared albacore served on a bed of fennel and shallot topped with homemade lime koshu, taro chips and seaweed salt from Norway.

The menu also offers a variety of salads, hand rolls, maki rolls, nigiri sushi, sashimi and carpaccio. And if you save room for dessert, you’re in for a treat with the matcha cheesecake. For adventurous diners who prefer to let the chef lead their culinary journey, Chef Omakase’s tasting menu encompasses the very essence of Sandfish with a taste of the restaurant’s most popular dishes plus a few surprises from the chef.

To complement each course, the restaurant has a full bar with innovative cocktail creations, classic concoctions, mocktails, beer, sake and wine. And for its namesake, there is an impressive list of whiskeys from around the world.

Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey in Phoenix is ​​actively recruiting potential candidates for all positions. For more information, visit sandfishphx.com.