It is World Sushi Day on June 18th. If you think about it, sushi is what put Japanese food on the map for international diners. Of course, the world adapted sushi to suit their specific palates, and it is one dish that has prevailed. So if you are looking for a sushi, fix this World Sushi Day (or any other day for that matter) here is where you can head.
Broadway - The Gourmet Theatre
Deep in the heart of HSR Layout is Broadway - The Gourmet Theatre. The restaurant here as a wonderful range of sushi that is as delicious as it is beautiful to look at. The Kinoki Philadelphia Maki - sweet shitake mushroom with cucumber and cream cheese is a good one to begin with.
Moriawase Maki Roll Platter
If you want a colourful platter next, the Moriawase Maki Roll Platter with crab stick and tuna & avocado in the middle. It is wrapped up with avocado, tuna, salmon and finished off with some tobiko.
The Asparagus Roll with the creaminess of avocado is also something you should try. There are so many more. The flavours are well balanced in every platter of sushi and if you sit at the Teppanyaki table, you will see them being assembled as well.
Edo is the restaurant that introduced Bangalore to premium Japanese food and showed us all that there is more to Japanese than just sushi and sashimi. That being said, their sushi is still among the best there is, simply because the quality of fish is unbeatable, seeing as it is flown in from Japan.
Edo Signature Uramaki Roll
The Edo Signature Uramaki Roll with a stuffing of tuna and avocado in the inside and Crab shreds on the outside. Evenly shaped rolls, firmly packed, and brilliant with every mouthful.
Edo Signature Rolls With Salmon, Tuna and Avocado
Also, do try the Edo Signature Rolls With Salmon, Tuna and Avocado. And, not to leave the vegetarians out, the Avocado Roll is definitely something to try. Do not forget to ask for the Wasabi Root to be grated at the table. And ask for specials considering the menu is based on the freshest catch of the day.
The pan-Asian restaurant of the Lalit Ashok has grown to have a good selection of sushi over the years that I have visited them. They have a nice selection of Nigiri and Maki and perhaps the most value for money are their Sushi and Sashimi platters. You get a nice mix of both. They also have a something for both meat and vegetarian guests. The Caterpillar Roll, Crunchy Uramaki as well as the Ebi Uramaki are popular choices here.
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Shiro is an ever-popular pan-Asian option in Bengaluru and why not? Indoor seating, al-fresco and some great teppanyaki. On a regular basis, they have sushi lunches going which are a great package in themselves.
Crispy Spicy Avocado Makimono
If you choose to go a la carte, the Crispy Spicy Avocado Makimono tops the popularity charts here, followed by the Crispy Duck Makimono, assembled of crispy duck, hoisin glaze, spring onion and cucumber. The Maki Rolls too are routinely ordered by guests.
Teppan has made quite the mark on the Japanese food scene in Bangalore and Chennai. The sushi offerings in both cities are the same. While you have classics like the California Maki and the Spicy Tofu Avocado Maki, there are some platters that are the chef’s specials and they are worth checking out.
Pink Dragon Maki
Among the signatures are the Pink Dragon Maki and Tuna Batera Maki, a unique, 3 layered style of making sushi.
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I was introduced to the sushi at Zen through a sushi brunch that they used to hold ages ago. From then on, I have always had a pleasant time here. There is a range of sushi, from the classics to the more exotic that you can choose. The restaurant regularly has visiting expat chefs who bring in their own special touches to the sushi. Some interesting ones to look out for are the Niji Maki, Senmei Maguro Uramaki, Sake Toro Yuzu Kosho, Spider Hosomaki, Avocado Tempura Roll and many more.
Yes, Fatty Bao is known for its Baos and its Ramens, but those who have gotten through their entire menu, like I pretty much have, know that their sushis are great.
Tuna Nigiri With Soy And Yuzu Glaze
The Tuna Nigiri With Soy And Yuzu Glaze is one to begin with. Be warned, each portion of nigiri is generously lined with wasabi, so you may want to go easy with what is provided on the side. New additions to the Fatty Bao sushi menu include the BLT as well as the Fried Tofu, Sriracha, QP and Cucumber.
The Rainbow Roll, Tuna Tartare and the Spicy Salmon, cream cheese and cucumber are old favourites that you should not miss.
One of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Bangalore, their Sushi platters have been consistently good over the years. You can choose to have half a platter or go the whole nine yards with close to 20 pieces of sushi. You find all the classics in Nigiri and Maki. Also, make it a point to ask the chef on what specials may be on. You can also choose to have Sushi Bento Boxes and make a meal of it. The Spicy Tuna Tuna Roll and the California Rolls are popular here.
Ruth Dsouza Prabhu has been a media professional for 18 years now, across multiple platforms. As a passionate F&B writer, she has interacted personally with internationally renowned names such as Marco Pierre White, Janice Wong, Chef Vivek Singh, Chef Vikas Khanna, Madhur Jaffrey, the late Tarla Dalal and many others for her stories. A highlight has been personal interviews with all three of the celebrity judges on Masterchef Australia. She is on several jury panels of food and beverage awards, is sought after for opinions in the field by publications and has her work published in well-known names such as The Hindu, Firstpost, HuffPost India, Condé Nast Traveller, NatGeo Traveller among many others.