Tai Ji Sushi opens on Baltimore Ave. in downtown OC

Tai Ji Sushi opens on Baltimore Ave. in downtown OC

(July 11, 2014) The owner of Ho Feng Garden in Ocean Pines is bringing Japanese cuisine and sushi to downtown Ocean City at her new Tai Ji Sushi.

Owner of downtown’s new Tai Ji Sushi Lily Zhu stands inside her restaurant at 106 Baltimore Avenue. The restaurant offers dine-in or carryout options for its menu, which ranges from hearty noodle bowls to Chinese dishes like General Tso’s chicken and a wide variety of sushi rolls. (Clara Vaughn | Ocean City Today)

The restaurant on Baltimore Avenue offers dine-in and carryout options from noodle dishes to Chinese classics like General Tso’s chicken and lo mein and, of course, a wide variety of sushi rolls.

The goal is to bring new dining options to the Boardwalk area, Tai Ji’s owner Lily Zhu said.

“We’re trying to bring good food downtown,” she said.

An Ocean Pines resident for more than two decades, Zhu’s Ho Feng Garden has been an institution in her neighborhood for the past seven years. She’s bringing some of her popular sushi rolls to the resort, such as the colossal Godzilla Roll that comes packed with spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, crab meat and avocado with a crunch.

Other favorites include the Rocket Roll stuffed with lobster, spicy crab meat, shrimp, avocado and cucumber and the Ocean City Roll that comes filled with shrimp tempura and cucumber, toped with spicy tuna.

Each roll is careful crafted by her New York City-trained sushi chef, who specialized in presentation, Zhu said.

“Sometimes when customers order a special roll, he decides in his mind how to make it. It’s so pretty,” she said. “I have a really professional sushi chef.”

Any two specialty rolls cost $24.95.

Tai Ji Sushi is “a little bit different” from Ho Feng Garden, Zhu said, because it also offers some Chinese appetizers and noodle bowls that come in hearty portions.

The Ocean City sushi shop also focuses more on fresh, high-quality seafood, she said, and it has a full wine, beer and sake menu.

Zhu landed on her downtown location at a longtime patron’s behest.

“He said, ‘Ocean City needs a good restaurant here,’” she said. “He recommended this location for us.”

The downtown restaurant, which has indoor and outdoor dining, will be a summertime business, open from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. seven days a week, she said.

It just held its grand opening one week ago and Zhu is still busy spreading the word.

Her goal: “Be busy so that everybody can try our food.”

Visit Tai Ji Sushi at 106 Baltimore Avenue, between the Smoky Shop and India Emporium, seven days a week. The restaurant also delivers, though minimum purchases and a fee apply.

For more information, visit www.taijisushioceancity.com or call the restaurant at 410-289-1777.

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