In his not-so-secret lair at Sushi Toi restaurant (3811 N Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale), the lights go down and the plates of sashimi are cleared. And in bursts our star! Hes a middle aged Asian man wearing oh, yes -- an Afro wig. He hits the stage in full stride with the song that gave him his title: Sushi Man, his personal rendition of Soul Man. You want to laugh, and you do, but hes disconcertingly good and he knows it. Its all about the element of surprise, says Sushi Man. I look oriental, but I can sing James Brown. I can do Willie Nelson to the button. People look at me and dont think I could do that. Thats what turns people on.
Oh, dont worry; the Sushi Toi peeps will let you sing, too. According to Sushi Man, the restaurant has more than 10,000 (misspelled) titles to choose from -- from oldie-goody to rocknroll. The crowd is a veritable Pu Pu platter of hipsters, tourists, and the curious. We have a unique atmosphere, explains Sushi Man. Everythings cool. It is! And if you are, youll hit Sushi Toi on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., or by special engagement (Call 954-564-4422).