The other day, at a dinner party, a friend asked me a very simple question that had me a wee bit flummoxed. “Why do you always review sushi restaurants that are do darn expensive?” was what she threw at me. She was, of course, referring to my penchant for extolling the virtues of places like the Taj’s Wasabi, where the Uni (sea urchin) is undoubtedly the best in India… leave alone Mumbai! She’s also seen me go ga-ga on numerous occasions over the translucence and the freshness of the Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi slivers at Churchgate’s Umame or about the umami sublimeness of the Shitake Mushroom Maki Roll at the Four Seasons’ San-Qi. And then came—what I thought at that time—was an oxymoronic second part to her grilling. “Aren’t there any cheap sushi places to write about, or what!?” she wanted to know in frugal desperation.
Somehow, the two words ‘cheap’ and ‘sushi’ have never found themselves sharing space in my culinary dictionary. Their incongruity had never been an issue to me. I had acknowledged and was resigned to the fact that good sushi came at a premium. But today, I am prepared to admit my folly. Sure, great sushi in Mumbai can be had at affordable prices, delivered right to your home. Thanks to serendipity, I chanced upon these two tiny, affordable little jewels of sushi delivery services at Warden Road and at Santacruz West, where you don’t have to think twice before picking up the phone and ordering a yummy Salmon Nigiri or that crunchy Cucumber Maki Roll.
Sushi and More
Literally a hole-in-the-wall, this sushi delivery service is a treasure trove of delicious sushi that is made fresh and on order only. The sushi here starts at Rs 280 for a Classic Cucumber Maki Roll (8 pcs) and goes up to Rs 500 for an assorted Nigiri Platter of salmon, tuna and sea bass rolls. They do all sorts of sushi ranging from an Asparagus, Cheese and Bell Pepper Roll (Rs 250 for 8 pcs) to a Prawn Tempura Roll (Rs 340 for 8 pcs). What really gets my vote is the Tuna & Green Apple Roll which at Rs 400 for eight pieces is a steal with its fresh flavour and crisp bite.
And now for the ‘…and More’ part. Besides sushi, they also do veg and non-veg Bento Boxes (Rs 400-650), Japanese Curry Rice (Rs 250-350), Teriyaki Skewers (Rs 200-600), Tempura (Rs 200-400), Miso Soup (Rs 120-150) and Japanese dumplings called Gyoza (Rs 120-150). For those of you who would like to have a go at making your own Japanese food at home, Sushi and More stocks wasabi, shoyu (Japanese soy sauce), miso soup packets and sushi making kits that contain all the ingredients, implements and instructions to help you conjure up your own magic…
Delivery Zone: You can either choose to pick up the order yourself or have it delivered to you. For a minimum order of Rs 500, they will deliver from Warden Road in a radial distance right up to Pedder Road in the North to Walkeshwar in the South. And for a minimum order of Rs 700 the radius is stretched further right up to Saat Rasta in Mahalakshmi to Cuffe Parade.
Address: 2/A, Meherabad Bldg., near Tata Garden, opp. Muchhad Paanwala, Warden Road.
Contact: 022 66157285/86
Timings: 11 am till 9pm
They started off as a small sushi delivery-only service called Sushi Spice at Carter Road, Bandra and have now metamorphosed into a slightly bigger café and delivery service at Santacruz West, with a new name of Sushi Café. But the commitment to great sushi at reasonable rates remains the same. Thankfully! The veg Maki Rolls (cucumber, asparagus, cream cheese, avocado and mushroom) start at an unbelievable Rs 150 for six pieces, while the non-veg Maki Rolls (salmon, tuna and crabstix) start at Rs 200 for six pieces. Sushi Café also does superb Salmon or Tuna Sashimi and Nigiri (Rs 300 for 6 pcs).
And although sushi purists might balk at the idea of any other protein besides seafood used in the preparation of sushi, these guys have intelligently capitalized on the fact that not many people can digest (literally and figuratively speaking!) the idea of ingesting raw seafood, by rolling out chicken sushi. Do try the Chicken Teriyaki Rolls (Rs 300 for 8 pcs). The sushi platters here range from Rs 500 for the veg to Rs 600 for the non-veg. They also do other Japanese dishes besides sushi such as veg and non-veg Bento Boxes (Rs 500-600), Japanese-style veg or non-veg Gravies with Rice or Noodles (Rs 200-250), Miso Soup (Rs 150), Tempura Sets (Rs 200-300) and Japanese Skewers (Rs 150-180). Go, get some now!
Delivery Zone: You can dine in or have the sushi delivered to you for free around Bandra, Juhu, Khar and Santacruz. For all other deliveries across Mumbai, they have a minimum order of Rs 1,500.
Address: Shop no 1, ground floor, Sainara Bldg., North Avenue(Linking Road), Santacruz West
Contact: 022 26056179, 9833650503
Timings : 11 am till 12pm
Hope you are enjoying our new foodie column! Did you check out our other new section for the New Year, Readers Write, where you write and we read? You can send in your Mumbai experiences and stories to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy Sushi Café and Raul Dias