I don’t know how many times I can apologise for the lack of posts but to make up for it I’ve got one AWESOME post. I am VERY EXCITED about this latest entry.
If you’ve been living in Manchester for a while you’ll know that when it comes to GOOD QUALITY sushi options are somewhat lacking. We have the commercial chains of yo! sushi - which in my eyes equates to poor quality, overpriced and often dirty. Then we have the local chain of wasabi which offers supermarket standard sushi. There are others such as Samsi but I’ve not been there for a long time (at least 5 years) so I don’t want to comment on the quality of their food.
So, Big Lips ninja was told about this place through work. It’s called Umezushi and it’s not open to the public yet till next week. So, to get a gist of what their customers would like to offer they have invited various people including their local residents to come to a preview of their menu, which I understand hasn’t been finalised yet. This means there were no set prices. At the end of the meal, we were presented with an envelope and we were told to pay what you thought the meal was worth.
The restaurant itself is located on a side street near the Manchester Evening News Arena, kind of behind the LiteCraft shop on Mirabel Street. There are a few car parks near by where you can park but there’s no on street parking as such. When we arrived we were greeted by the manager/owner (sorry, not sure what his exact status is). He was very friendly and offered us drinks straight away. I went for the green tea. The first thing I noticed about this place is that it’s very small. I think the capacity is around 20 to 30 people (if that), the furniture is very simple. The walls are painted in a very neutral colour. There are lampshades hung over pendant lights which were not on. The room was lit by some heavy industrial lighting about these pendant lights. The music playing in the background was the local radio. At this stage, I think they are still working on the atmosphere of this place, the point I’m trying to make is that it’s a blank canvas with plenty of potential. You can either sit at the counter, directly in front of the chef or on a table.
Because it was a preview, we weren’t able to choose what we were eating. We were presented with a number of sushi dishes and as each one came we were told what kind of dish it was. There were four of us in total.
Here are some pictures of what we ate
On the whole, the quality of the sushi we ate was exceptional. I have not had sushi like this for a LONG time. The chef’s ability to create different sushi from their fish of the day is worth commending. I particularly enjoyed the sashemi. The only downfall here is that the batter of the tempura was slightly too thick. However, we were there to give feedback to the manager and his team so they can perfect things before their grand opening next week.
I don’t feel it’s fair to give ratings just yet, as they are not ready for the public yet which means I’ll have to return and make a proper review. I am VERY EXCITED about this place and if they serve fresh fish like this I can see this being a regular place for me to visit.
So, if you are a lover of sushi, be sure to keep a close eye on this space. This is very promising indeed.