The story of ‘Shushi’ at the House of Food Porn

Francisco Antonio Blanco

The story of “Shushi” began in 1990, when Francisco Antonio Blanco tasted sushi for the first time and fell in love with its unique taste profile and explosive flavors. He was still in high school, so the notion was born that he might learn to make sushi to save money.The sushi rolling began at his home, then at friends’ parties, where he would “volunteer” to make sushi for the love of food and to perfect his craft. It also didn’t hurt that his budding skills seemed to make him more popular with the ladies at Southwest Miami Senior High. But no matter how good his rolls got, his traditional Cuban parents refused to eat the raw seafood in the sushi he was making.Undaunted, one day, Franco Antonio had the idea to take his mother’s traditional Cuban dishes and roll them into maki rolls to appeal to his parents’ palette. He concocted a Cuban-style sushi roll filled with black beans and rice, pork, sweet plantains, avocado, yuca, and mojo. Mama fell in love with one bite.This moment changed Franco’s journey as an amateur chef. He began to experiment with the world’s most popular cooked dishes, which he transformed into robust sushi-type rolls, which he dubbed “Shushi” to honor his mother, who couldn’t pronounce the word sushi in her native Spanish.He continued to perfect his craft throughout his professional life as a supplier in the wine and spirits world and as a volleyball coach at the high school and university levels, moonlighting Shushi parties at friend’s homes throughout the years. His growing clientele allowed his passion to become his primary occupation, leading to the creation of Shushi Catering in 2012.In 2016, his dream of having a tasting room became a reality when he and his partner Nicky Engl, founded the House of Food Porn in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. There, you’ll discover Franco and Nicky’s unique hospitality and the magic of their “Amicasa” style Shushi tasting experiences.

Videos & Reviews

Miami New Times: Three Miami Restaurants Make Yelp List of Top 100 Sushi Spots in the U.S.

“Three Miami restaurants have made Yelp's Top 100 Sushi Spots 2024 list, including a Japanese-Cuban fusion one in Little Haiti.” — Nicole Lopez-Alvar, Miami New Times

Christine Michaels / Myfabulousflorida.com

Florida native blogger and cat lover Christine Michaels shares her favorite South Florida spots on her Instagram and ranked House of Food Porn as her #1 restaurant in South Florida on her My Fabulous Florida blog.

Check Please! South Florida

Celebrity Chef & Host Michelle Bernstein reviews House of Food Porn with her panel of diners in this episode of her South Florida PBS show Check Please!

Fork Yeah from Thrillist

Feast your eyes on Cuban-style sushi, review on Fork Yeah channel by Thrilist

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Select your Chef’s Table ShuShi Dining Experience

Intimate Dining: 10-seat venue led by Rock'n Roll Chef Franco Blanco.
Unique Cuisine: Kaiseki-style dining with a twist—it's ShuShi, not Sushi!
Minimum Age: 21+

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Reservations are paid in advance. Choose your dining package and add-ons, change quantity to the number of seats needed. Ticket price is per person, tax included, optional gratuity excluded. Sales are non-refundable and final. We are happy to reschedule your reservation if you request it at least 24 hours before your reservation time.

Major food restrictions: are NOT CATERED (pork, shellfish, vegan, vegetarian).

Minor restrictions: (gluten, fruits, nuts) pescatarians, please inquire by texting HOFP 305-788-0137 before booking.

Parking behind the House of Food Porn is free! Our wine is famous for being of high impact, so we recommend ride-sharing over with Uber / Lyft. Excited to host you. Cheers!

Service starts at 7pm sharp, except Sunday. Please note we do not have a waiting area, which is why we recommend being on time as a courtesy to all other guests. We will gladly hold your seat for 15 minutes max. Thank you for your understanding.

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