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Me Love Sushi, near Swiss Cottage tube and The Hampstead Theatre

Me Love Sushi
100 Avenue Road
London NW3
Tel: 08448 55 22 55

I love Japanese food. It must be one of the only dining experiences one can have that genuinely feels like it is doing you good. It is also low in fat and calories and can therefore be every girl’s favourite. Indeed, if you study the people they look years younger than us westerners and (as we were informed by the manager), it is not uncommon for the people to live well over 100.

Me Love Sushi is conveniently situated near Swiss Cottage tube station and perfectly located for The Hampstead Theatre which just is a stone’s throw away. It is definitely somewhere you don’t have to dress up for. The décor is minimalist with some long benches and some round tables with red plastic chairs. The environment is very clean and the service attentive.

The menu is extensive and very clearly set out with good descriptions of what’s on offer. If it all sounds rather confusing the staff are very happy to help and offer suggestions on what to eat. Apparently the fish is delivered daily and they explained they have a fantastic supplier, sourcing only the freshest produce. It was clear from the enthusiasm of the manager that there is a passion which is evident when it comes to the food served here.

Sake is the thing to drink and there is plenty of choice. We tried a traditional hot sake but they also serve it chilled which would be very refreshing in the summer months. To begin, we had a plate of mixed sashimi (salmon, yellow tail, sea bass, and tuna). It was a plate of succulent flavours, with the added benefit of slivers of ginger, radish, wasabi, (a very hot green paste-beware!) and soya sauce. We also tried some melt in the mouth calamari which were light and crispy with tangy overtones on the palate.

Moving on, we had some of my favourite, sushi, (salmon and tuna) this time with moist rice underneath adding a little bite to the proceedings, before savouring some well flavoured tender chicken teriyaki and rice served with a very fresh salad complimented by a delicious piquant dressing. To finish we had a plate of black cod with miso which was melt in the mouth and must be sampled.

After dinner we popped upstairs to the funky cocktail bar which is modern and minimalist with large glass windows. We tried a totally refreshing mojito made with sake and champagne which was terrific. All the cocktails are sake based and they have a happy hour every day between 5&8pm which sounds very good to me.

Me Love Sushi also offer a take-out service so next time you can’t be bothered to cook you now have a healthy alternative to fast food available and with summer around the corner there are no more excuses.

Louise Elgin. March 2009.

A meal for two with sake is around £70.00


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