When I first came back to England I was quite dismayed to discover how awful Tesco’s sushi was. Living in a small town as I was at the time, Tesco was my only option, and I feared I would never eat good sushi at home again. I found that Marks & Spencer’s sushi was marginally better, but I was still disappointed.
Now I live in London I have a lot more sushi options, but it’s still nice to be able to pick up a bit of supermarket sushi for dinner occasionally. Last night I was feeling a little Japan-homesick so I decided to give Waitrose sushi a try. Waitrose is a better class of supermarket than Tesco, so I had high hopes when I bought this “Taiko Sushi Natsu Set” (reduced from £7.00 to £2.99 – bargain).
Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed! The sushi was fresh, soft (unlike Tesco’s hard sushi that’s been in the fridge too long) and, most importantly, tasty. I think the main difference is that Waitrose seems to use raw fish which, in my mind, makes it real sushi.
Waitrose sushi is still not as good as proper Japanese sushi, but it’s certainly the best supermarket sushi I’ve found in the UK yet. It’s a little more expensive that Tesco’s offering, but worth it for the quality.
Waitrose also sells an unusual product called “Taiko Wrap Sushi”:
This wrap had a sort of wafer-thin omelette outside, and was basically a big California roll inside. It was quite nice, but not as nice as the regular sushi Waitrose sells.
I’m really happy to find that so many places now sell sushi in the UK. I just hope that Tesco and co up their game a bit and improve the quality of the food they sell to match the standard of the sushi I found in Waitrose.