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REVIEW: Sushi Surprise, Shoreditch

REVIEW: Sushi Surprise, Shoreditch


WHAT? In London, a long queue of hungry people doesn’t always signal food worth waiting for. It’s trendy, sure, but standing in drizzle waiting to Instagram the city’s latest rainbow-coloured, overpriced lunch phenomenon quickly loses appeal.

The queue at Sushi Surprise however, you should happily join – for genuinely high-end sushi at super low prices. 

WHERE? Hoardes of city workers and Shoreditch hipsters flock to this nondescript, takeaway setup (with a couple of seats indoors if you’re really lucky) on Scrutton Street. Each dish uses fish so fresh, sushi boxes are discounted by 25% past 5pm. Everything’s handmade by two chefs who cut their teeth at famed sushi restaurants Yashin and The Arts Club’s Kyubi, and staff are unbelievably passionate about serving properly Japanese fare.

From Nigiri to deep-fried Gyoza via Donburi and colourful platters for sharing, not to mention a huge gluten-free offering, sushi lovers will be hard-pressed to find a fresher, wider selection at these price points.

HOW MUCH? We recommend a warming miso soup for £2.50, followed by the huge Ebi Tempura Roll topped with seared salmon, marinated wasabi and tempura flakes (best for sharing at £12.50). If you can’t quite resist updating the ‘Gram, opt for the Chef’s Special – six piece Nigiri, with unique toppings and punchy sauces taking in everything from tuna to white fish, Japanese scallops to marinated mackerel and more (£11.90). A sharing platter (45 pieces) for four people will set you back £74 – not bad for a truly decadent lunch you can eat anywhere you please.

DETAILS: 2 Scrutton St, London, EC2A 4PH / 02035386860 / email: /

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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