Ever had one of those days when you can’t decide between Japanese or Brazillian? Me neither, but in a city where everyone’s trying to find the next cool thing, sushinho offers Japanese dining with an exotic Brazilian touch. Fear not though, for this isn’t some pointless new fusion idea by an attention craving chef; Brazil has more people of Japanese descent than anywhere in the world outside of Japan itself, culminating in this intriguing style of cuisine.
The menu essentially takes traditional Japanese dishes and imbues them with various South American influences for added flavour, zest and complexity. The usual suspects of sushi and sashimi are very much in evidence, alongside dishes infused with Brazilian/South American ingredients. These include various types of ceviches and salads, together with uramaki (rolls) and temaki (cone shaped hand-rolls) made using tropical fruits such as mangoes and coconuts. Moreover, the food is served in a sharing format as opposed to plated dishes, so it’s great for sociable dining.
Highlights of our numerous starters included Spicy Tuna Sushi Gunkan which was full of much appreciated heat; Sweet Potato Gyoza with Truffle Oil was a great demonstration of how exotic Brazilian flavours can marry with classic Japanese dishes; and the Wasabi Prawns weren’t bad either. For mains, I went for the melt in your mouth Crispy Pork Belly with Feijoada Bean Purée, whilst Dr. Dodgy had the Seabass with sushinho Salsa – a stunning dish which filled my mouth with the most wonderful carnival of flavours. Desserts were equally successful. In particular, the Passion Crumble with Toffee Ice Cream was a devilishly good combination of mildly tart passion fruit, delicious crumble and cold custard topped with creamy ice cream; sounds over the top, but it was seriously the best dessert I’ve had in ages. Portions were also generous, and could probably feed the average Kings Road reveller for a week.
The interior features plenty of earthy woods offset with light bamboo, whilst the venue has a warm and fun feel to it. In addition to the restaurant, sushinho features a downstairs lounge and club offering a selection of food, exotic cocktails and a funky Samba inspired music selection.
Cuisine type: Japanese
Dinner for 2: £60
312-314 King’s Road