Sushido, Sutton Coldfield

Nobu Matsuhisa said that Sushi making is an art, and after visiting Sushido in Sutton Coldfield, I’m inclined to agree with him. Sushido opened in September last year, becoming Sutton’s first Sushi restaurant, and it is a welcome addition to the growing food scene in the town centre.

I went early on a Friday night with my other half for dinner to try it out. The restaurant itself is clean and modern, with booth seating around the outside and a large counter where you can watch the chef prepare the sushi. I am fascinated by sushi making, so we went for a counter seat and settled in with a Sapporo beer to browse the menu.

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We knew straight away that we wanted to try the sushi, but the specials menu also looked gorgeous, so we picked a starter from there too. Our waitress also suggested we try the dumplings, so we took her advice and got 3 steamed & grilled vegetable dumplings to round everything off.

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First up was the Buta No Kakuni, braised pork belly in Japanese soy sauce with crackling, which was really delicious. The crackling was crisp and not greasy at all, while the pork was falling-apart tender with a real umami kick from the soy sauce. The lightly pickled vegetables on top helped cut through the richness.

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Next we tried the dumplings. I love Japanese dumplings, grilled on the bottom and softly steamed on the top, they are just delicious, and these were no exception. The vegetables inside were fresh and crunchy with a lovely ginger flavour. My only criticism is that there were only 3, I could definitely have eaten more!

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Finally we had the assorted sushi, the chef’s selection of 4 half sushi rolls that we got to watch him hand prepare right in front of us.

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As you can see, the presentation was stunning! We had a fantastic selection too, with crispy prawn tempura maki, California maki, spicy tuna maki and salmon cucumber maki. All of the rolls were delicious, the rice was perfect and the size of each roll was just right. My favourite was the spicy tuna maki which had a good kick.

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We were both pretty stuffed after such a feast, so we went for a small dessert with raspberry sorbet, passionfruit sorbet and vanilla ice cream. I can’t vouch for whether this was made in house at Sushido, but the flavours were lovely and rounded off a fantastic meal.

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The whole meal was good value for money too. Although the beer was expensive at £3.75 per bottle, overall with our food, our bill totalled £34.00 for the two of us. I think that’s a great price for such good quality food.

Have you tried Sushido yet? What did you think?

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