Avocado has long been a common ingredient in sushi rolls here in America, but how about sweet plantains / maduros on sushi rolls?
Maguro Sushi Delivery is a new Latin/Asian Fusion sushi concept by Chef Jose Joubert-Torres that has opened in the Cloudkitchens / Ghost Kitchen Food hall for delivery or pick up service with special rolls like the Pa’ bravo yo roll (Shrimp tempura, cream cheese, avocado, cilantro aioli & sweet plantain). A ghost kitchen is a professional food preparation and cooking facility set up for the preparation of delivery-only meals.
Born and raised in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Jose’s passion for food began when he joined his parents in the kitchen. Chef Jose began in fast food chains and made his way up to a St. Regis hotel working for Fern, a Jean-Georges fine dinning restaurant.
After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose was forced to leave everything he had worked for behind to provide stability for his family in Central Florida. In 2018, Jose began working at The Grand Floridian & Hilton resorts until he was most recently executive chef at Shari Sushi Lounge in downtown Orlando.
Here is our Q and A with Chef Jose Joubert-Torres of Maguro Sushi Delivery
Tasty Chomps: When did you open? How did Maguro Sushi come to be?
Chef Jose Joubert-Torres: We opened on December 27th, after months of working on it. It’s through this platform called Cloudkitchens. Basically they provide the kitchen space and we bring our equipment, permits, licensing and they connect us with uber eats, postmates, door dash, grub hub, any of these that we decide to offer our services through. Maguro is available on all of them. (They share space with Yugiri Ramen Project)
Maguro Sushi has always been on the back of my mind ever since I lost my own spot back in Puerto Rico on 2017 due to Hurricane Maria. So after spending two years working as a executive chef at Shari, in 2019 they closed their doors & I knew it was my time to focus on my own thing. Starting in 2020 I began on this journey for Maguro and it wasn’t until December 27th that we got everything up and running.
What are your goals for 2021?
My ultimate goal for 2021 is to provide for my family while doing what I love. I would to take Maguro from a pick up and delivery service to a dine in Latin Asian fusion sushi spot.
What are your most popular dishes right now?
Popular dishes include our Pa’ bravo sushi roll which is tempura shrimp, avocado & cream cheese topped with sweet plantain & cilantro aioli giving you a taste of my culture with hints of cilantro and the sweetness of the plantain.
Second most popular is our Kimchee guava ribs. I decided to use kimchee as a base and complement & balance with guava creating a perfect balance of flavors both spicy, sweet & savory.
And lastly my all time fan favorite is the Boricrab salad, basically took the traditional Kanikrab salad and house made spicy mayo, added avocado & sweet plantain to give it an interesting twist.
How is word getting out?
Mostly social media. I’ve also walked into places to offer my delivery service to employees who may need something different for lunch now and then. But mostly word of mouth.
What inspires you in your cooking?
One thing that inspires me is the ability to teach people how two different cultures can come together and create something amazing. Being able to give everyone a piece of my culture together with something they already know and are familiar with in hopes of creating a whole different culinary experience.
Maguro is located in the Dollins Ave ghost kitchen (CloudKitchens) in West Orlando at 18 N Dollins Avenue and guests can have the food delivered through UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash & Postmates or for pick up directly through their website (ordermaguro.com).
Maguro is open for delivery and takeout – 7 days a week, hours of operation Mon- Wed 12:30 – 9pm / Thu-Sun 2pm-10pm