If you follow my Instagram page, (if you don’t, @Thankgoditsfryday, shameless promo) you will probably have seen endless pictures of sushi and sashimi from this gorgeous hidden place.
I discovered this place through Instagram. I follow a ton of London based foodies and saw pics of the sashimi and was sold. Literally, saw the picture and next thing you know I’m sitting in the restaurant.
WHERE: 2 White Church Lane | Whitechapel | London | E1 7QR
Located in Whitechapel, this place is kind of hidden, (a plus as less chance of it being rammed with other foodies). If it wasn’t for the little lanterns hanging outside the restaurant, I’m not even sure I would have seen it. Anyhow, we walk in and I immediately love the place. It’s small and has a real Japanese feel to it, manga is playing on a projector behind me.
Now this part is hard to describe but you basically sit and the waiters walk on a platform next to you to serve you. It’s really cool.
It wasn’t too busy at all considering it was a Friday night. The waiters came and assisted straight away, pleasant people. The atmosphere was slightly dark, but really cool and chilled. Couples came and ate peacefully.
The only downfall: The waiters actually forgot about us. Oops. But as soon as they realised, they actually gave us a free prawn and crab roll which was amazing. So you know, I’m not going to complain too much.
Now for the part everyone’s waiting for. FOOD. I actually get the worst sushi/sashimi cravings and this restaurant definitely hit the spot. I came in hungry, possibly even hangry. I came out feeling refreshed, full and light. It felt great. You know when you’ve gone to a restaurant and completely gorged on foods, you end up feeling sort of gross, greedy and full to the point you want to pass out? I’ve never had this feeling with sushi, and certainly not with this place.
We started with two cocktails, to be honest I can’t even remember the name or flavour of the drink. It didn’t blow me away but it was good, sufficient. Wasn’t fussed to be honest, I’m really not here for the drinks.
After ten minutes of deciding whether to get the hot pot or sushi, we went with sushi. We ordered:
-Spicy Tuna Rolls £7.90
-SushiNoen Moriawase Platter (12 piece sashimi, 8 piece nigiri) £36.90
-Prawn Tempura £14.90
-Fatty Tuna Nigiri (2 piece) £8.50
The tuna rolls were delicious. Creamy, light and just a mouthful of heaven. Honestly have no faults to this one, it was brilliant.
The platter. WOW. The fish was so well prepared and sliced, the sashimi was sliced a little too thick but to be honest, that meant I was getting more. A mix of tuna, salmon, yellow tail, sea bream and prawns sashimi and salmon, tuna, squid, yellowtail, prawn and sea bream nigiri. You really do get a fantastic selection. The fish is super fresh and tasty, I wasn’t so keen on the prawn sashimi but everything else was devoured within minutes. Raw prawns don’t do it for me, the texture is a little slimy so it’s not something I enjoy on the reg anyway.
The prawn tempura was the best I have tasted to date. The tempura was so crispy and light, the prawn really juicy and the dipping sauce was delicious. Tangy, garlic sort of soy sauce dip. I enjoyed the sauce way too much, I even kept it and dunked the white radish decoration bits in it.
We also were given some warm prawn tempura rolls as a ‘sorry for forgetting about you’ gift. Damn that was so yummy, we even wished we had ordered it. The prawn was warm but the rice and rest was cold, it was a fantastic mix. Once again, creamy, light and scrumptious.
Before we left we remembered neither of us had tried fatty tuna so obviously we had to try. The fatty tuna was quite pricey but the experience was really intriguing. Having never tried it, I was really interested in seeing what the hype and price was about. I put the tuna nigiri in whole (mad skills, I know) and was shocked when the tuna actually melted in my mouth. It was yummy, but confusing to be honest. I didn’t expect it to just disintegrate. Not knocking it, but I definitely prefer simple tuna nigiri.
THE VERDICT ***/*****
A lovely night with delicious food. I can’t particularly fault the food at all. The only reason I have voted this 3 out 5 is because I wasn’t blown away to the point where I will come back time and time again. There was nothing bad about this place, but I am still going to trying more sushi places until I am left gobsmacked. I will probably come back, but I won’t rush back any time soon.
Have you been here?
Will you be paying Sushinoen a visit?