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Published January 15th 2017
Where Can I Find a Decent Salmon and Avocado Roll?
Once you have tasted the sushi from Sushi Train in Sydney's Bondi Junction, nothing else ever quite compares. It's fresh, it's delicious and it's reasonably priced. There is always a queue of eager sushi fans waiting for seats by midday on a Saturday. It even rivals the sushi I have had in Japan. The problem is I live in London now. So, where in the nation's capital do you go for a fresh, tasty yet inexpensive dose of sushi? Forget the likes of Nobu. I'm sure it's lovely but it's very pricey. This sushi sized review gives the lowdown on three local London eateries that aren't going to break the bank, but who serve up a Salmon and Avocado Roll that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
1. Ke Sushi, Twickenham
Behind its humble exterior is a lovely local sushi spot. While you'd be forgiven for walking straight past, don't. It attracts Japanese diners as well as the locals - a clear sign that a place is worth a visit.
The background? Their chef trained in Japan for 5 years before opening the original Ke Sushi in Portugal. He then moved to England and opening a restaurant of the same name in Twickenham.
My partner and I popped in for lunch. Top of the ordering for me is always the Salmon and Avocado Roll. It cost £7 for 8 pieces and was fresh and delightful. I'm not a fan of sushi when the pieces are too big (or of course too small) and this was spot on. We also munched our way through the Dragon Roll, Salmon Nigiri, Spider Roll and some edamame. Coming to nearly £30, it's not the cheapest sushi I've had, but it is worth it. If you are in this part of the world, Ke Sushi is worth checking out.
This restaurant used to be called Sushi-Say and, as such, it had a stellar reputation. It's reopened as Sushi-Masa and continues to be a little gem. It doesn't look much from the outside, but this spot in Willesden Green is not to be missed. It attracts locals as well as sushi fanatics, like myself, who flood in from further afield. Booking is highly recommended. Try their Soft Shell Crab Roll.
3. Atari-Ya, Ealing Common, London
Atari-Ya is a chain, but it's made my list because it's a seafood supplier as well as a chain of eateries. Atari-Ya supplies fish to London restaurants as well as further afield to Europe. Knowing that, it makes sense that it's sushi and sashimi would be beautifully fresh – and it is. The Ealing Common restaurant is my closest branch, and it's handily near the tube. It's a good spot for a quick lunch or a spot of dinner. Their menu is varied so if you want something a little different, this is a good place to come. While they do the staples, they also do a lovely Black Cod Roll as well as Snow Crab and Vinegared Mackerel.
I'm sure there are wonderful places that I haven't tried like these too, so if you know of any, this sushi fiend would be ever grateful.