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Mambo Sushi combines Peruvian charm to Asian cuisine by adding mambo sushi

Mambo Sushi combines Peruvian charm to Asian cuisine by adding mambo sushi

Chef Michael Cordero is in his zone on the other side of the dining room, with two narrow wooden doors: he flips a frying pan filled with hearty bits of marinated sirloin, soy, chopped red onion, and juicy plump tomatoes. When he says, "This is what my grandmother used to make three times a week. I ate this every day."

It's the Lomo Saltiado ($24), a Peruvian-style stir fry at, which opened earlier this month, with the same owners as (also on Atwells Avenue), a Latin restaurant with hookah, and Flow Night Club, just a few minutes later. It's the Lomo Saltiado ($24), a Peruvian-style stir fry at, which has the same owners as (also on Atwells Avenue), a Latin restaurant

Cordero, who is half Peruvian and half Dominican, is originally from the Washington Heights region of New York City. He worked in numerous restaurants throughout Manhattan and the Bronx, including starting culinary programs at new nightclubs.

However, he began touring with Mitsuhisa Nishio, or better known as El Ninja four years ago (who opened his first on Broad Street in Providence last year). They traveled from one New England town to the next, Los Angeles and Florida where they would serve a fusion sushi similar to what he is now creating for Mambos menu.

Were going to witness a lot of plantains, peppers, red onion, and lime on traditional Japanese dishes here, Cordero told the Globe in a recent interview.

The Jalea Mambo ($35), a Peruvian-inspired appetizer with fried shrimp, white fish, and calamari served with yuca frita and pickedled red onions, and the Tokyo Tower ($12), which is sweet plantain, fried, and topped with spicy shrimp and a house sauce are among the items on the Mambo ($35), a Peruvian-inspired appetizer with fried shrimp, white fish, and calamari served with yuca frita and

Cordero also offers the classic sushi rolls ($16), Spider ($18) with tempura soft shell crab, cucumber, spring mix, and spicy mayo; and Rainbow ($16) with kani, cucumber, avocado, salmon, tuna, and eel sauce.

The Mambo house roll ($18) with shrimp tempura, yuka, sliced avocado, and a crunch ceviche; the Samurai roll ($16) with chicken tempura, fried cheese, maduro, guacamole, and sesame chicken; and a Cibao roll ($14) with longanzia, queso frito, maduro, and salami guisado. His Atwells roll ($16) is e

His Mambo fushion platter ($85) includes four sushi rolls (including the mambo and samurai rolls) and a chicharron and beef satay while entrees range from Karaage ($18), which is a Japanese-style fried chicken, to Chilean Sea Bass ($38), and Hawaiian fried rice served on a fresh pineapple ($26).

I was taught a long time ago, even if you're simply placing fries and chicken and fingers on a plate, you make it lovely. You have that dish that way. Make the customers delighted about it, Cordero added. Add your own style.

The plating is just as colorful as the standard: their Lychee Martini ($14) is shaken, made with vodka and infused with lychee liquor and juice, and lyme. The Pink Dragon ($15) is muddled dragon fruit with berry-infused rum, triple sec, lime, and topped with lemon-lime bubbles.

Mambo has been faced with several problems, including staffing shortages in the front-of-the-house, which caused the opening of the company to delay. Cordero staffed his kitchen with some of the same people he worked alongside during his time at restaurants in New York.

In the future, Cordero stated that he intends to customize the menu with seasonal specials and rotating dishes.

In the summer, we will have a ceviche cart outside (on the patio) where someone will be making fresh ceviche in front of people walking up Atwells and coming to dine here, he added. Its going to be like a show every day.

Mambo Sushi is a 430-Atwells Ave. restaurant in Providence that is open from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Sundays from noon to midnight. Their kitchen will shut an hour before closing time each day.

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