What is it?
Pretty self-explanatory, right? Maybe so, but making sushi properly requires a huge amount of skill and know-how. In Japan it is considered an ancient art and one that requires decades of training to master – and, often, a special outfit once you have. In other words, it’s not something you can ‘wing’ after scanning a BBC Good Food article.
Let’s face it, Londoners are a discerning lot. None of your coworkers are going to be impressed if you pass up a Pret sandwich for sushi. It’s not the 90s anymore (though with Crystal Maze on the box and flared jeans back in fashion you might be forgiven for thinking otherwise). But bring in homemade sushi – wow, you are now the Heston of the ‘al-desko’ eating stakes and everyone wants to be your friend (despite the fact that you or may not be carrying around raw fish). Add to that the fact that sushi-making – cooking, more generally – is inherently mindful and you’ve got yourself a gratifying hobby. Plus food.
What equipment do I need?
Super sharp knives are key. A bamboo mat will help you look and feel the part.
Who are the experts?
Sushi Tetsu, a titchy seven-seater Japanese restaurant in Clerkenwell, is THE place for sushi in London but it comes at a price and reservations are notoriously difficult to nab. For a slightly more affordable option, you could do worse than drop in at Sticks ’N’ Sushi in Covent Garden, Sake no Hana in Mayfair and Jason Atherton’s Sosharu. Or, you know, Itsu.
How do I learn?
Fly to Japan, seek out a sushi master and spend the next 25 years in monastic devotion to learning the intricacies of this ancient art. Or if Miranda from HR won’t give you the time off (jobsworth) then there are plenty of sushi classes in London. Sake no Hana are one of a few Japanese restaurants offering sushi-making classes, Sticks ’N’ Sushi even offer sushi workshops for kids. For a more traditional sushi class, head to East London’s Sozai cook-school.
Learn to make sushi! – Prendervale College, SE13
Sushi making workshop – Midas touch Crafts, SE1
Sushi making class – Cocoro Highgate, N6
Who will I meet?
Miranda from HR, probably. Oh, and plenty of other food-loving folk, or just those interested in picking up a new skill and doing something mindful in the process. The best kinds of people in other words.
How do I become teacher’s pet?
Keep a bowl of water close, damp hands will stop the rice from sticking to them.