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If we really start digging into various world food days, there would be some food international day every day. Every country and every region has some food speciality and then there are a few kinds of food, which have today emerged to be popular amongst people across nations. Today, due to digital space and extensive travelling, cuisines are no longer restricted to their own regions. Hence it has become even more important to celebrate different dishes and cuisines and in turn, spread the word. When it comes to Japanese cuisine, sushi is the top recall for an average person, who knows nothing about the cuisine but this. Along with it, there is also a certain degree of misinformation about the dish. To the average layman, the word sushi means raw fish and nothing else.
18th June is International Sushi Day and even though sushi is not a very popular dish in India yet, most metros have a handful of restaurants offering the dish. Kolkata has a fair share of pan Asian restaurants serving sushi and a few Japanese restaurants as well.
The top 5 sushi places in Kolkata where you can step in for the best of sushi on International sushi day.
Pan Asian - This classic Pan Asian restaurant has a fantastic Japanese section and their Japanese master chef creates the best of the sushi that you can get in Kolkata.
With top quality ingredients, their Sushi Boat is to die for. A wide variety of sushi in both vegetarian and fish, their Sashimi is made from one of the finest quality fish and it literally melts-in-the-mouth. They also have several set menus with options for sushi.
Location: ITC Sonar, JBS Haldane Avenue
Price: Rs. 2000 for two approximately
Aajisai - The only Japanese restaurant in Kolkata to have a fully automated sushi train, it is exciting for people who want to experience this unique way of serving sushi, which is pretty common outside India. They have a wide range of sushi from Maki, Temaki, Nigiri and more. Their hand-rolled sushi is exquisite and one must try Sushi Moriawase, which offers 3 types of rolls in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. (Refer cover image)
Location: Quest Mall, 5th Floor
Price: Rs. 300 to Rs. 1000
Fuji - They were the first Japanese only restaurant in the city. The name is so strongly associated with Japan, that it has quite easily become a top recall for anyone talking about Japanese food in Kolkata.
The quality of the sushis are quite good and you will get a huge variety from Maguro Nigiri, Hotate Nigiri, Unagi Nigiri to Delhi Maki, Goa Maki and Kolkata Maki and so on. With a very Japanese style seating and interior, this place has a top draw for Japanese food.
Location: 209 A, 3rd floor, Sarat Bose Road.
Price: Rs. 199 to Rs. 1100
The Japanese Restaurant & Garden - Unknown to many, this is a haven for people looking for dining options in nature without crossing the city borders. Located within the eco park, this place is picturesque and has a well maintained Japanese garden.
They serve delicate Japanese food and expect a good variety of sushi here. Prawn Tempura Maki is an absolute must-have here.
Location: Eco Park, Major Arterial road, Action area 2, new town
Price: Rs. 150 to Rs. 295
Pa Pa Ya - Redefining pan Asian modern cooking, this place is famous for its contemporary styled sushi. The interiors scream out high energy and just like that, the food is quite different from what you can expect.
Traditional sushi is albeit available but it is the modern sushi, like a Sushi Burger or a Sushi Pizza which catches the eye and tantalises the taste bud.
Their signature Sushi Tree is a must-try where 8 pieces of sushi are presented in various branches of a tree.
Location: 11th Floor, Magma House
Price: Rs. 186 to Rs. 2395
For someone who's run two restaurants, being a baker and cook par excellence comes easily to Madhushree . When she's not eating out, she's organizing her own pop ups or experimenting with regional recipes. Her experiments with food and her recipes are part of Pikturenama , where she's a co founder.