Last Tuesday, after a pretty hectic morning working from home, I headed to Chancery Lane for an afternoon meeting with my PR agency. I left home at lunchtime, planning to grab some sushi on the go. When I got off the #38 bus in Holborn however, it occurred to me that I was really near a place that has been in my list for a while: Sushi Hiroba, and made a little explorative detour .
I walked into this Japanse-Korean fusion restaurant, buzzing with LSE students and office workers, without reservation, and easily managed to find a seat around the conveyor belt, with a good view over the chefs at work; and a very efficient waiter brought some much needed green tea.
Sushi Hiroba, works pretty much in the same way YO!Sushi does, with colour-coded plates (£2.20-5.20 each) and an additional menu of hot and cold Korean and Japanese dishes. However, the atmosphere and the décor are much smarter, and cosier, with wooden furniture and paper lanterns.
I ordered a delicious Miso soup, that was promptly served piping hot, and I grabbed a plate with some salmon sashimi) sorry I forgot to take a photo of this… I was starving!). The salmon was delicious, so fresh and tender.
Some really lovely salmon maki.
An amazingly tasty Gunkanmaki (hand-roll) with spicy salmon, the highlight of my lunch.
I was pondering whether or not to order dessert, and I had already picked one from the menu, the Japanese custard pancakes, when I realised I was almost late for my meeting. So, now I have an excuse to go back .
My verditc: I have a new favourite budget sushi restaurant, bye bye Kulu Kulu, hello Sushi Hiroba!
Strongly recommended for a tasty and resonable priced lunch, if you are in the area for work, or shopping in Covent Garden. Just a note of warning, because the tempura is cooked in front of you, you might leave with a rather unpleasant smell of fried food on your clothes and hair, perhaps not the ideal scenario if you are on your way to a meeting .
Average lunch per person £15.