Summer at Feng Sushi
It seems that, finally, on this beautiful Sunday, the sun has put it’s hat on. After weeks of dreary drizzle, I’m sat in my garden writing away with a mojito in one hand and a ice cream in the other. Bliss.
This time of the year, is special because it’s one of the few times I get to experience life outside in the UK. There’s nothing I love more than whiling away long, hot long summer evenings eating and drinking with friends.
So when I headed to Feng Sushi in West Hampstead last week, I was very keen to try out their new summer menu. I love sushi, but I do think good quality sushi is becoming hard to find in London. If when I say sushi, you think of a Tesco prepacked salmon and prawn selection, then you, my friend, are missing out.
Founder and Japanese food fanatic, Silla Bjeerum feels the same way, so she has ensured her menu is both good quality and good value (no easy task, considering sustainable fish doesn’t come cheap).
The summer menu created by Silla doesn’t disappoint. We started off with a refreshing chilled Champagne Saki cocktail. with a splash of saki, and and brown sugar cube thrown in, refreshing, and perfect for cooling down on a warm summer evening.
We then went on enjoy a selection of delicious chilli edamame, perfect for getting our taste buds going.
Next up we had cold summer tofu, which was seasoned with fresh ginger, bonito flakes and spring onions. I wasn’t particularly excited at the prospect of this dish initially, as I’m not a big fan of tofu, but this fresh and delicious tofu was one of a kind, a total taste sensation.
Next up we had salmon tar tar bites, which were (as with all the fish) fresh, and organic, sustainable and sensational.
Silla fought long and hard to ensure all the fish used in Feng Sushi is sustainable and totally fresh, and the blood sweat and tears she has put into her restaurant speaks volumes when you take one bite out of this delicious Salmon tar tar.
The next dish we sampled, was the summer salad, which is a fresh twist on cous cous. I’m not sure I could quite get my head around the concept of Japanese style cous cous, so it wasn’t my favourite dish on the menu, but even though it wasn’t really my cup of tea, it wasn’t half bad.
Next up were the chilled ramen noodles. These were tasty, totally spongy, and soft. The texture was melt in your mouth good. They were served with a delicious prawn tempura.
Last but not least, was my personal favourite, crispy cornish sardines. These were delicious, the tofu tar tar dip created a flavour party on my palette, which still get my mouth watering every time I think about it.
Final word – the summer menu at Feng Sushi is modern but true to Japanese tradition. Silla believes good fish should speak for itself and her dishes certainly do that. The best part is all the dishes are totally affordable, and perfect for sharing, plus the outside tables in West Hampstead sit on a little patch of green, making it an idyllic spot to while away a summer evening.
(The view from Feng Sushi)
Finding affordable, delicious and ethical sushi within London is not an easy task, so I was more than impressed Feng Sushi ticked all these boxes. Make sure you pop in and sample their summer delights whilst the sun is gracing us with it’s presence.