Sushi is a Japanese delicacy whose principal ingredient is raw fish. Since raw fish is not a common food in the West, people in the U.K. are divided into two camps as far as Sushi is concerned – the Sushi lover camp and the Sushi hater camp. You won’t find many people with mixed feelings about this dish!
Those who love their Sushi agree that some special tips will help those beginning out to have the best possible experience as they try a new food. Follow these guidelines, and be sure to end up in the Sushi-lovers camp.
Visit the best Sushi restaurants in London and make a note of those that have fish display bars. If a so-called Sushi restaurant does not have a fish display bar, scratch it off your list.
All quality Sushi eating venues have a bar where the fish used to make Sushi is shown. Make sure you first take a close look at the fish; that’s what the display bars are for.
The single most important characteristic of good Sushi is the quality and freshness of the raw fish used. Examine the displayed fish to ascertain its freshness (it should be juicy-looking). Also, make sure that the chef is using the displayed fish to prepare the Sushi served to diners.
Disregard any restaurant where the displayed fish is not fresh, as well as restaurants that display fresh fish, but don’t appear to be using it to prepare the Sushi for that day.
You should also avoid restaurants where you are expected to order all your meals at once. Reputable Sushi restaurants have no problems with diners sampling just a few pieces of Sushi at a time, taking pride in the quality and flavour of each piece they serve. Sushi is a gourmet delicacy in Japan.
Restaurants that try to force you to order all your meal at one time may be serving fish that is less than fresh, or they may have prepared large quantities of Sushi in advance.
While fish is the main ingredient of Sushi, you should also pay attention to the flavour of the rice used. Rice used in Sushi dishes should be of the short-grain variety and combined with rice vinegar, water, salt, and sugar to give it a delectably delicate flavour.
A Sushi restaurant where the rice has no flavour is not the place to eat this gourmet dish.
The menu in a good Sushi restaurant should always offer a choice of traditional Sushi and Sashimi dishes. Check to make sure it is not limited to modern versions of Sushi such as California Rolls. If no traditional Sushi dishes are listed on the menu, there is a great probability that the chef has not received proper training in the art of Sushi preparation.
When you are satisfied that you have found a top quality Sushi restaurant, be adventurous and ask for a “chef’s special.” Ask the Sushi chef to prepare something special with the available ingredients. You may be pleasantly surprised and excited to see him chopping with his sharp knife and become a Sushi lover yourself.
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Rock Star Sushi Bar
Address: 5, THE LONG SHOP, MERTON ABBEY MILLS, Watermill Way, London SW19 2RD
Address: 4, Canary Wharf Group, Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square, London E14 5FW
Address: 64 Turnmill Street, London EC1M 5RR
Address: 110 Bishopsgate, London, EC2N 4AY
Address: 5 Raphael Street, London, SW7 1DL