Perched proudly atop Byrsa Hill in Carthage, Villa Didon is well known for its modern decor, exclusive restaurant, and incredible view of the Bay of Tunis. This week, a new restaurant – Sushi Box – will preview its first location at Villa Didon before opening its second restarant in Lac this summer.
As Tunisian restaurants start to cater to sushi’s growing popularity, Sushi Box surpasses mundane hotel imitations by pairing the trendy Eastern cuisine with Mediterranean flavors. To ensure authentic dishes, the owners have brought in a seasoned Japanese sushi chef to train and manage the kitchen crew. The ever popular California roll with avocado and a simple but fantastic tuna sashimi are among the classic offerings. Augmenting this traditional expertise, the owners have also created fusion rolls with novel ingredients.
Warm weather means that fresh Tunisian seafood and crisp vegetables are joined by seasonal fruit. These dishes include tempura shrimp, cream cheese, and strawberry as well as a delightful salmon, mango, honey, and kiwi roll. Sushi Box also presents international favorites with an Asian twist. Try the Italian roll with artisanal cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and basil or the decadent French roll made with foie gras, fig compote, and cracked walnuts. During the premier at Villa Didon, patrons have access to the hotel’s comprehensive offerings of fine wines and spirits.
For diners less accustomed to their rarer preparations, Sushi Box also offers well-done courses. Coconut-breaded shrimp, marinated cheese-filled steak, and thyme-infused chicken breast compliment the other Mediterranean fare available at Villa Didon. For dessert, sample the fried banana in chocolate sauce or green tea sorbet.
Sushi Box is the brainchild of Nadine Fayad and Sami Tounsi. While working with Mon Resto, a Tunisian website that offers home delivery for local restaurants, Sami noticed that sushi was one of the most popular orders. The couple is currently in the process of building Sushi Box’s new home in Lac. While the restaurant’s debut at Villa Didon focuses on discerning nightlife, the second location will cater to the sophisticated lunch crowd and focus on providing quality and personal service.
Grand Opening Thursday, April 25 from 7:00 – 11:00pm
Rue Mendes France 2016, Carthage
Sushi Box Lac (Opening Summer 2013)
M1 Residence Diwer
Yakut St., Lac II
Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly stated that the Sushi Box restaurant in Villa Didon was temporary. In fact, it is a permanent addition to the hotel’s offerings.