Keep calm and carry on- that’s exactly what we did last week after hearing the awful news about the terror crap at Westminster. So as planned I met Rose for a sushi date at a cosy new place in Old Street. Sanjugo is one of those authentic places which doesn’t look much from the outside but the food, service and value is pretty special.
A warm welcome and window seat got us off to a good start. On good recommendation we ordered a sparkling fruity bottle of sake– very prosecco’esque so obvs we loved it.
Some yummy pots of edamame arrived for us to pick through while we picked dish after dish from the menu. The spicy beans were gooood.
A special dish was whisked over- thin white fish was swimming in a citric juice. It made you squint one eye- Sharp but tasty.
Huge juicy prawn tempura was followed by soft shell crab sprinkled with dark sticky soy. Oh wow, they tasted really fresh and light, made us feel better about all that batter!
More deep fried- this time delicious chicken dumplings.
Dreamy pillow’y soft bao buns were stuffed with spicy crispy chicken with sharp pangs of hot sauce in each bite. Definitely should have ordered more of these babies.
Then the tower of sashimi appeared. It looked like it should belong in a scene of Madagascar! Jerry the head chef looked proud as punch explaining all the different kinds. Every kind of fish sliced and diced to perfection. Octopus, salmon, scallop, crab…. and anything else sea related you would probably of found on this platter.
If you’re after a cheeky sushi fix or some awesome tempura, washed down with some traditional sake I’d say hit up Sanjugo. Don’t expect too many bells and whistles as it’s no fancy Hakkasan, but what they lack in space they more than make up for in service.
Top tip; Be adventurous with the sake menu and go for one of the chef special platters