30th January 2012
Monday lunchtime, on the Southbank I joined the GoogleLondon Team for a Sushi meet-up. I was looking forward to it, as Feng Sushi’s menu offers a mix of Japanese classics with some modern European twists. In exchange for some reviews for GoogleLondon, I was treated to: Seafood Miso and Loch Duart Salmon Donburi, not a bad deal at all!
The Donburi was a visual and tasty treat, with salmon four ways: tea smoked, sashimi, crispy skin and Ikura (bright red roe). The different textures were so good, that I scoffed them greedily. I was left with surplus white rice, so I probably did a ‘no-no’ and added some of my Miso to it, to slurp the rest.
Feng Sushi boasts 7 outlets in London, with even a delivery/takeaway outlet, in the heart of Billingsgate Fishmarket. Owned by Silla Bjerrum, from Denmark, she has carried the Scandi sensibility of sourcing of the very best of ingredients and heralding sustainability. Credit to her, as she’s made great strides to operate in a socially responsible manner.
The decor is simple with a mix of wooden communal dining tables as well as individual tables. Vibrant with floral paintwork and a beautiful fish aquarium, naturally showcasing harmonious feng shui elements.
I additionally ordered, a couple of dishes to share, to see out of curiosity, the execution. Some Rock Shrimp Tempura with a spicy sauce. I loved the shrimp, juicy morsels with a light tempura batter.
I also ordered Miso Dengaku (which I recently tried @thelondonfoodie’s Japanese supperclub). For the Dengaku, unlike the last type I had, Feng Sushi had used the larger variety of aubergine. This meant it had absorbed more oil and was a little bit on the greasy side, but the miso dressing made it moreish all the same.
To end the lunch I curiously perused the Desserts menu. Alas, Macarons and Rice Pudding were not available at the time, so I opted for a Chocolate Mochi (a glutinous rice cake, filled with oozing chocolate). For the £2.75, I had expected maybe two Mochi’s, the individual serve, the size of a £2 coin, seemed a little mean for the price, however it was delicious.
On the note of price, Feng Sushi is more on the premium side of your ‘high street’ Sushi providers, but the rationale of quality and sustainability, more than qualifies it. Thanks to my GoogleLondon hosts (Sarah & Alex) for hosting a lovely lunch and introducing me to the Restaurant. I’ll definately choose Feng Sushi now as a place to stop off to try more dishes and at least I’ll be reassured that I’m doing my bit for the environment too.