Grub was on the road again last week; travelling through central Florida when hunger pangs signaled it was time to find some good (hopefully) grub! Trouble was, I was on I-75 heading south through Ocala and good eats are hard to come by in this part of the sunshine state. So I exited the interstate at the main thoroughfare for the city, State Road 200. The blue interstate information signs pointed me to a Cracker Barrel restaurant that did little to get the gastric juices flowing. I stopped into a gas station to see if one of the locals could point me toward a good local restaurant. I was steered toward Sky Asian Fusion.
Sky is located on the top floor of the Ocala Holiday Inn – that’s right – this jewel of Asian culinary delight in Ocala is located in a hotel. More importantly, you would have to be looking for the restaurant in order to find it. When you step off of the elevator on the 6th floor, you find yourself standing at the hostess stand. The next thing you notice is the ample bar to your left when you walk into the restaurant. The dining area is large, but not cavernous. The fixtures are of dark mahogany wood and reminiscent of the swankiest restaurants in Seoul, or in Tokyo. Though the décor is magnificent, the focus here is food, plain and simple. I started out by ordering the spring rolls. After all, spring rolls are standard fare in most Asian restaurants. The rolls were on my table within five minutes and were sizzling hot. They were lightly fried, and the filing was fresh and flavorful. These rolls alone are worth the price of admission. The waitress then brought out the trinity of Asian spices – chili paste, hot mustard, and soy sauce, and explained to me the uses of each one. If you happen to wonder into an “authentic” Asian restaurant and there are salt and peppershakers on the table, then it isn’t authentic.
I ordered the Korean BBQ Beef Stir Fry partly because I have an affinity for Korean food, but mainly to see how they prepared Korean food in Ocala, Florida. Korean BBQ, or Bulgogi, as it is known in Korea, is made of thin strips of marinated beef grilled over an open flame and it can be as spicy or as mild as the chef wants it. The dish arrived piping hot and was seasoned nicely though I added more spice to suit my fried taste buds. I had a choice between fried and white rice and chose the white; because I cant remember having had fried rice with any dishes while in Korea. This is Grub’s way of keeping it authentic. I was blown away by this dish and by its presentation. The beef was perfectly cooked and it was prepared with scallions and chili peppers. The only thing missing was a side dish of Kimchi. Koreans have a way with food, and usually it is limited to the Korean peninsula, but if you are in the mood for Asian food, be it Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, please give Sky Asian Fusion a look. I am sure you wont be disappointed. This is certainly a Good Grub Spot!
Restaurant: Sky Asian Fusion
Address: 3600 Southwest 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474
Telephone: (352) 291-0000
Date of Visit: June 6, 2012
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