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New Delhi, India
September 9, 2013
Then, several months back, I discovered that Sushiya receives fresh food from its central kitchen thrice during the course of the day: at 1 PM, 4 PM, and 7 PM. If we picked up sushi just after one of these times, we’d get fresh stuff, I thought—so this time, we did.
Sushiya plugs itself as a sushi takeaway, and they do have a fairly large selection of sushi (including vegetarian options, this being north India, after all). You can order à la carte (4 pieces per portion) from their sushi menu, which includes tempting stuff like shrimp tempura and asparagus, prawn and chive maki, wasabi pepper chicken roll, etc.
Or, if you want a wider selection, you can opt for the sushi boxes available. These come in the form of 10-piece boxes (mostly between Rs 400-450 per box) and 20-piece boxes (between Rs 800-950; vegetarian 20-piece boxes are Rs 600 per box).
In addition, Sushiya offers soups, salads, mains (including teriyaki, katsu don, tempura don, oyako don, Japanese curry, miso glazed salmon fillets, and sides like plain rice, egg fried rice, grilled eggplant in sweet miso, crispy fried chicken, and edamame. They have a tiny selection of sashimi, and you can buy your own sushi ingredients—rice, nori, gari (pickled ginger), wasabi powder, and soya sauce with dashi.
Since sushi seems to be Sushiya’s biggest attraction, my husband and I decided we’d try that. We ordered four boxes: a spicy prawn tempura, a spicy salmon sushi, a ‘super mix’ box, and a ‘fusion box’.
What did impress us was the skill and neatness with which everything was packed. All the boxes had clear plastic lids, and even though we had a somewhat bumpy ride home, none of the rolls had disintegrated by the time we got home: everything was intact and pretty. We’d also been given four sets of wooden chopsticks, each packed in Sushiya’s own sealed paper envelopes. As condiments, there was plenty of wasabi paste; soya sauce mixed with dashi; and gari. Each had been packed in tiny individual plastic jars (the soya sauce-dashi mix came in convenient little squeeze bottles).
Back home, we mixed our own dipping sauces: a good dollop of wasabi, diluted in the soya sauce and dashi mix. And then we got down to eating. Both my husband and I have had sushi before, though neither of us is anywhere close to being a sushi aficionado. We wouldn’t therefore be able to comment on really how good (or not!) Sushiya’s sushi was, but our general opinion was that it looked and tasted fine, but wasn’t exceptional. All the elements were present and correct: well cooked rice, thin nori sheets, paper-thin slices of fish (which didn’t taste fishy at all—my husband had been dreading that), tiny cubes of cucumber or avocado tucked away inside the Philadelphia rolls and California rolls (these were part of the ‘fusion box’), and the nutty crunch of toasted sesame seeds on the spicy salmon sushi and spicy prawn tempura sushi.
The problem was that, except for the very minor differences in flavour—the smoked salmon in the ‘super mix’ box, the aforementioned sesame seeds, the cucumber—or the even more elusive variations in texture—we’d not really have known what sushi we were consuming. Just about everything tasted pretty similar.
On the whole, we liked what we got from Sushiya; it tasted good, everything had been packed well (and it had been served up quickly—in less than ten minutes), and the condiments were both good and generous. True, it is expensive (Rs 1,248 for what we ordered), considering this isn’t a place to dine in—but I’m guessing a lot of that has to do with the expensive imported ingredients they use. I’d probably bring food from Sushiya again, but the next time, I might just try one of their mains. Or an assortment of sushi, chosen from the menu. I wouldn’t pick a sushi box again; they seemed boringly homogenous in their contents, even though the contents were varied.
From journal Delhi: Takeaways and Home Deliveries
May 3, 2013