SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — Seafood lovers in the Abingtons have a new outlet to get their fix.
Jumbo Seafood, 918 Northern Blvd., owned by Tim Chen, features original recipes and many of the same menu items from the former Atami Sushi.
Chen, 39, owned Atami for 8 1/2 years and relocated his business with a new name in December 2015.
The Clarks Summit resident believes the quality of food at Jumbo Seafood makes the restaurant popular in the area. All food is purchased on a daily basis to guarantee peak freshness.
“One unique thing about our (restaurant) is we always use fresh ingredients and offer made-to-order sushi,” Chen said. “I’m also really picky when I select the ingredients.”
According to Chen, the restaurant strives to generate new ideas while also preserving ancient traditions.
“People love it here because we serve traditional sushi and also offer contemporary dishes,” he said. “It’s a balance of new and traditional cuisine, and we have more space for fine dining at this location.”
The chef’s special rolls, specifically the spicy banana tempura roll, consisting of spicy tuna and banana tempura topped with white tuna, wasabi tobiko and kabayaki sauce, and the zen roll, consisting of red tuna, white tuna, avocado and cilantro wrapped in kelp seaweed served with a sweet and spicy sauce, are some of the most popular items on the menu.
“People seem to be enjoying them a lot,” Chen said of the rolls. “We try to keep them simple and they are always big hits.”
Chen appreciates the support from patrons and has given back through various fundraisers and gatherings.
“We’ve been involved with a lot of community events such as the Taste of the Abingtons, Clarks Summit Festival of Ice and the Abington Heights High School Senior Luncheon,” he said.
The new restaurant has an expanded menu from what was offered at Atami and now caters to more appetites.
“One major thing we added to the menu is oysters,” Chen said. “We carry at least three different kinds of oysters, mainly from the East Coast and hibachi dinners.
“When we had Atami, we limited the dinner menu for cooked dishes. However, especially on weekends, we might have a big family come in with kids or senior citizens who don’t like sushi, but enjoy the hibachi and stir-fried dinners.”
Chen added the restaurant’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze) policy has been another popular addition at the new location.
“People seem to be enjoying bringing their own bottles,” he said.
Jumbo Seafood offers takeout orders, including online at www.jumboseafoodpa.com, and free delivery, with a minimum order of $30, to Clarks Summit, South Abington Township, Waverly and downtown Scranton.
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