Last weekend I had my first encounter with the lovely community at Nuffnang. A relaxed lunch had been arranged at Sushinoen. Sushinoen is a Japanese restaurant located right by Aldgate East station and a few steps away from Brick Lane. As soon as I walked in I saw Japanese diners. Local diners are always a good sign so I knew I was in the right place. The restaurant is very cosy and homely with sunken tables and a sushi counter.
Jesse at Nuffnang had arranged a delicious and generous tasting menu which surprisingly we weren’t able to finish! Once everyone had arrived (I was obviously one of the last ones) we started off with Umeshu plum wine. I’ve never had this type of wine before and I loved it. It tastes exactly like dessert wine and I’d highly recommend it – so sweet it’s almost dangerous.
The first round of food arrived, starting with Beef Tataki, White Tuna Carpaccio, Butakakuni (pork belly), Agedashi Tofu, Mixed Seaweed Salad, Shumai (prawn dim sum), and Chicken Gyoza. I honestly didn’t have a single bad dish but my favourites were the crispy pork belly in sweet sauce, the delicious gyoza and prawn dim sums.
Then came the mixed prawn and vegetable tempura along with a massive sushi platter containing sushi rolls bravo duo (seared tuna & salmon on California roll) and spider (prawn tempura on California roll). I enjoyed all of it. I like to see a lot going on in my sushi rolls, the more the fish better and the below reflects just that. The spider roll was a bit on the heavy side though considering it’s topped with tempura and quite a rich dressing. The mixed tempura were light and crispy but I wasn’t the biggest fan as I could taste the oil.
Now since we physically didn’t have any space for more food, we got chicken yakisoba in takeaway boxes. Eating it the next day on my lazy Sunday, still in PJs, tasted just a good. Speaking of which, they do home deliveries as well.
For desserts we had mochi and matcha ice cream. I really liked the mochi but the matcha was too bitter for my liking because I have a major sweet tooth. It went down really well with the rest of the table though so it’s purely down to personal preference.
I’d definitely recommend Sushinoen and would return there myself. You don’t have to pay silly prices for good food. Venture out from the City area just a little bit and you won’t be disappointed. Check out their menu here.
Thank you Nuffnang and Sushinoen!
Loved your review Em and thank you so much for the shout-out! It was great to see you on Saturday and looking forward to catch up in the New Year – probably for some delicious food ;) Jesse x