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I had never had it until I was about...17?! Once I had, I was hooked!
I've never been to Japan (it's on the wish list!), so the best sushi I've ever had has been in Melbourne, where it is cheap, fresh and plentiful, and in Canada. On my trip there in 2007, friends in Vancouver took me to The Eatery, which was by far the coolest, funkiest sushi place I've ever been to! You can browse the menu online - tell me you don't want to go there! We ordered a whole selection of their "funky creations" and it came out for the three of us on one giant platter, as below:
Look how happy I am!! It was so delicious!
Even though we ate sushi like there was no tomorrow, I recall we had room for a deep fried Mars Bar! A rich, coconut flecked batter surrounded the melted caramel and chocolate inside, the richness cut by cool, sweet vanilla icecream. We also had Sake Bombs - a shot of sake dropped into a pint of beer! As if the fabulous food wasn't enough reason to go there, the decor of The Eatery was also awe-inspiring, full of Astro Boy figurines, Warhol-esque pop art and papier mache octopi dangling from the ceiling! There was also a speed dating session going on in one part of the restaurant the night we were there, which proved to be interesting viewing while waiting for the food, I remember!!
And then there was Kanda - the best sushi in Montreal. You pay $20CAD and it's all you can eat - the menu at the table is an order form, which you fill in and then hand to your waiter, and then it's made fresh and brought out. A warning, you are charged extra if you don't eat your entire order, to discourage waste! A very sensible policy, I thought! We didn't leave a thing....but I was stuffed to the brim and beyond.
There must be a thousand places you get can sushi in Melbourne, but Plush Fish is my favourite, on the University campus. Fresh, filling and utterly addictive! I liked the seaweed salad and inari from there too.
And here in London, Yo Sushi has been my pick! This is the aftermath of a typical visit there for us:
When I came home from my Arvon course, Tom had ordered Yo Sushi takeaway, and also had champagne on ice! What a spoiled girl I am. This is our favourite takeaway from there:
The veggie box!
Feng Sushi in Notting Hill is also excellent - some girl friends and I went there after seeing the first Sex and the City movie two years ago. A sushi situation?! It seemed appropriate!
I also love the sushi you can get at the Japan Centre. I also usually stock up on the soy sauces, noodles, kewpie mayonnaise and other delights you can get there!!
As for making my own sushi - I tried, many years ago, but always overfilled the rolls and they fell apart! I relied on the generosity of friends who were much more gifted in the homemade sushi department than I. I think my sister Claire is now the proud owner of my make-you-own sushi kit!!
What about you? Are you a sushi fan?