Tsuru Sushi is the first restaurant which has really tested my blogging resolve. When I started this blog I only had two rules. First, I pay for what I eat. Second, I review anonymously. Now the second rule is never going to be a problem. The first…
Well I have the privilege to be friends with Luiz who is the author of the great and very popular blog the London Foodie (here).
He knew the owners of Tsuru and got invited to the opening and asked if Jen and I wanted to join him. On one hand was my rule “I pay for what I eat“. On the other hand there was free sushi. So I went. It was great. There were Japanese drummers, free food, lots of alcohol, I found a bottle of sake and then we all ended up in Boho Mexica (here) sinking margaritas.
However, I could not with any blogger honour intact review it as normally when I go to restaurants I don’t have Japanese drummers serenading me.
So… I went the next day and in under two weeks have managed to visit a further three times. Part of the reason is it is in the building next to mine. The other reason is that it is easy, pretty cheap and fast. The key reason however is it offers corrupt Japanese food in the form of a katsu sandwich.
Now we all love Japanese food (and being a huge fan of Tokyo I know it goes so much further than sushi or sashimi) but the type of Japanese food we get in London is all a bit healthy. Tsuru have taken the rather clever step of getting a chicken katsu and sticking it between cheap bread. And it works. And it only costs £3.95.
As for the rest of Tsuru’s offerings the sushi is not Itsu standard which is a good thing. It is high level £5 a box stuff. It won’t make you forget that piece you had in Tsukiji fish market but it will make you happy for a London lunch. They also do a series of hot dishes that look pretty good but I haven’t had a chance to try. I have to admit the stand alone katsu curry is not quite to my taste despite it being their speciality. I was raised on a different one and that still rules my taste buds. Still it is pretty tasty.
The venue itself is hidden off the back of Bishopsgate in Liverpool Street in Broadgate Tower. This should be as inhumanely sterile and corporate as an experience as you can get but it is actually quite nice. Broadgate Tower has a sheltered bit out back which is a good place to sit and eat in. And they serve Asahi for those long days.
All in all I really like Tsuru even if I am going to get fat on their katsu sandwich.
- Price – £5 to 10 a head
- Address – 201 Bishopsgate City of London, EC2M 3AB (+44 20 7377 1166)
PS after several visits I would say that the chicken thigh katsu sandwich is the best variety (they do chicken breast and pork)