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Lounge Review | Sushi Takeouts, Delhi

Lounge Review | Sushi Takeouts, Delhi
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First Published: Sat, Feb 16 2008. 12 12 AM IST

Updated: Sat, Feb 16 2008. 12 12 AM IST
Sushi Express
I adore sushi. You can stuff yourself full of it without any worrisome guilt pangs about eating unhealthy. Plus, it’s delicious. Unfortunately, skyrocketing prices at most sushi restaurants in town never fully satisfy my cravings. Luckily, a friend directed me to a new delivery service, Sushi Express. Ravish Kapoor, one of the founders, says he also bemoaned the lack of good sushi in Delhi and wanted to introduce it to everyone, not just those lucky few who can afford a night out at the Hyatt whenever the fish craving calls.
The good stuff
The menu offers a surprising range of interesting combinations. This isn’t just the regular tuna on top of rice here. The Scallop Mustard Roll, with the tangy bite of Dijon,
was a delightful change. The fried prawn tempura roll had just the right amount of crunch. And the pickle shiitake mushroom roll was eaten up in a minute. Plus, delivery was smooth sailing. I called in the afternoon to place my order and asked that it be delivered around 6.30 p.m. They were there at 6.30 on the dot. And they brought enough soy sauce and wasabi to complement the meal.
The not-so-good
While the service offers interesting combinations and decent fresh fish, the sushi was more mediocre than mind-blowing. The seaweed was a bit chewy, and there was a bit too much rice in the rolls. We even had leftovers—something that rarely happens when I’m around sushi. We also decided to order the Kudamono Platter, rice wrapped with papayas, mangoes and other seasonal fruit. I found out that there are some combinations that do not work with rice and seaweed. Fruit is definitely one of them.
Talk plastic
The rolls start at Rs180 for the vegetarian rolls and go up to around Rs380 for the fancier ones. An order must include a minimum of two rolls. For details, log on towww.sushiexpress.in or call 09999978744/09311178744.
Sushi King
Another recently launched sushi delivery service promises high-end quality sushi, while keeping in mind the limitations of a Delhi summer. The sushi is delivered in special refrigerated boxes, to keep the sushi fresh. When you’re dealing with fish imported from Japan, I appreciate that attention to detail.
The good stuf
It was, overall, a great meal. I wouldn’t hold this up to international standards, but the rice manages to have the perfect balance of stickiness, the seaweed is not chewy and the fish does taste fresh. In terms of fish sushi, the offerings were not that unusual or exciting: California rolls, salmon and shrimp maki. But they’re well-made. The delivery service offers cooked sushi and meat sushi for the new sushi eater. For an avowed sushi lover like me, the thought of a bacon and cheese sushi piece almost had me slamming the menu down in disgust. Luckily, my fellow taste tester insisted we try it. “Ham and asparagus sushi? How can you say no!” I have to say the bite-size chunks of meat wrapped in rice (I still can’t call it sushi) were delicious.
The not-so-good
The food was good; everything else was bad. The first two days I tried calling, no one answered. When someone finally did answer, they hung up on me after I said I wanted to order sushi. So I turned to their online option. It seems great: Fill out a quick form and they’ll deliver it to your doorstep 45 minutes later. Unfortunately, you can only order platters online, not individual rolls. You have limited options with the platters, so we missed out on the salmon rolls and prawn rolls we were really looking forward to. Then, without any warning, the prices jumped when I entered my address. Since I live in Delhi, the delivery price added Rs150 to one platter and a whopping Rs800 to another. It really irked me that I didn’t find out I would be paying more until the very last step of my order. As a special offer, the company sent over five miso soups (free with the platters). I tried the soup (it tasted terrible); my friend didn’t. I fell ill that night; my friend didn’t. With all these rather glaring problems, I still recommend it and would order it again. Hopefully, they are simply the signs of a new company ironing out the kinks. Just don’t try the soup.
Talk plastic
The prices are a little steep, starting at around Rs269 for a special fish roll, and around Rs859 for a small 16-piece platter of fish sushi. Make sure to watch out for the price jump when ordering outside Gurgaon. For orders, log on to www.sushiking.in or call 95124-4005000.
SUSHI TO GO
In Mumbai
Joss, Kala Ghoda
022-66547700, 66334233
House of Sushi
Ravina Bhojwani
9821070466
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First Published: Sat, Feb 16 2008. 12 12 AM IST