I got invited to a free reviewers’ event at Feng Sushi South Bank last week. I love street food and I think London doesn’t have enough yet, so I was very pleased to be sitting outside by the river, enjoying a beautiful summer evening in one of my favourite parts of London, and enjoying a Japanese barbecue!
We did not get a chance to get inside the restaurant, but instead made up by chatting to MD Silla Bjerrum (perhaps the only Danish woman traveling the world to give Japanese cooking classes – with Danes you never know?) about the chain she has lovingly built up and the care she puts into sourcing healthy, delicious and sustainable ingredients, including prawns, farmed salmon, free range chickens, etc. We also got to chat to some of the chefs, including Dave king of the grill, Mitch putting together nice cocktails with shochu spirit and ginger.
The event was to publicize the summer barbecues, which are being held outside on the terrace next to the Royal Festival Hall next to the Nelson Mandela bust from noon until 9pm Mon-Thur until 4 September, except when the weather is terrible. IMHO, great food for an evening at the theatre or anywhere else, and the cocktails were deceptively soft. So sometimes there is a reward for scribbling away on sites..
Stopped off for a little late lunch yesterday afternoon. Knew what to expect, as we go to the Borough Market branch every now and again, and always enjoy it there. Menu's the same here (except that they have a list of about a dozen "one-cup" sakes, which they didn't have the last time we were in the B Mkt branch. The sake list also gives a bit more detail about each one than you'd normally find in Japanese restaurants - which means you can get tipsy and pass it off as serious research).
The food was its usual decent standard. Not the best sushi I've had in London, but perfectly good at the price (and it was Sunday, so you'd not expect super-fresh fish really). Baby squid tempura was very good as usual, and the decor is in the same relaxed, light, cheery vein as the B Mkt branch.
Special mention must go to the really efficient and friendly waitress, who took very good care of us.
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