We all have days when cooking is the last thing we want to do. The solution is to eat out, of course. But where? Well, if you happen to be in London, check this place out.
I discovered this Japanese restaurant along Commercial Street in Aldgate East recently and have been kicking myself for not trying the place out sooner. Although the menu isn’t extensive and the interior isn’t fancy, the food is fresh, affordable, and portions are very reasonable.
The owner and head chef, a very humble and nice man, is a Bangladeshi who trained in Nobu for over 20 years in Italy before coming to the UK 5 years ago. Talk about being international! He then set up Sakana Sushi a year ago in 2014. The owner also let on that he was in the midst of revamping his website and menu and was going to introduce pasta as a new dish. Hmm…Italian-Japanese food… I do love the sound of that!
The first time I went, I got the mixed tempura (£7.95) with rice (£1.95) while my friend got the prawn katsu lunch set of the day which came with a bowl of miso soup (£8). The second time we went, we got the Sushi Set B (£8.95), prawn tempura (£6.95) and chicken katsu curry (£7.95).
The tempura batter was light and crispy and not at all oily. The prawn tempura, in particular, was my favourite as the fresh and moist prawn inside which was still piping hot was a nice balance to the crispy batter. Dip it in the tentsuyu sauce that comes with the order and you will be in heaven.
The fried rice that came with the prawn katsu set was a pleasant surprise. We did not expect a Japanese-style fried rice to taste so good. It was flavoured with soy sauce and was very fragrant.
If you love katsu curry, their chicken katsu curry is a must-try. They use chicken thigh meat which results in a breaded chicken that is moist and tender on the inside thanks to the crunchy breaded crust which helps retain all of its natural juices.
And don’t miss the sushi lovingly hand-made by the owner/head chef. It tastes as good as it looks, if not better. The fish is fresh with no hint of fishiness at all. Tip: save the salmon avocado rolls for last because they are oh soooooo goooood.
For such high quality, tasty and fresh Japanese food, I find the prices very affordable even for cash-strapped students. You could definitely get a meal for under £10.
So be sure to check Sakana Sushi out and leave a comment to let me know if you liked it!