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DINING OUT & KHUN OCHA'S COOKBOOK
 

Sushi Corner :  By Neil Robinson

A small, simple but popular sushi place

Brian Baxter is taking a break from reviewing restaurants for a few weeks, so I’m back substituting for him. I always appreciate readers’ comments and recommendations for places to review, so I hope you’ll send them to me at: [email protected]
I decided to start by reviewing a place which has not been open that long – it opened earlier this year – but which I have already eaten at several times. Sushi Corner is on Huay Kaew Rd., quite close to Central at Kad Suan Kaew, opposite the Shell station. It occupies a space which had previously been occupied by some fairly short-lived restaurant ventures. This one, though, looks like it will stay, because it always seems to have plenty of customers. The atmosphere is bright and colourful. There are eight small wooden tables, supplemented by counter seating around the food preparation area. One of the nicest things about most sushi restaurants, this one included, is that you can see the food being prepared right in the restaurant, not back in a hidden kitchen.
As might be expected from the name, most dishes on the menu involve fish, and mostly raw fish. However, they do offer tempura and other cooked dishes, including beef steak, chicken and pork. I have generally stuck to the fish and have never tried the beef or other meats – a sushi restaurant does not seem like the obvious place to come for these dishes. However, I have tried the salmon steak (79 baht), and can recommend it.
I ate there recently with a Thai friend. We concentrated on the sushi, since this is obviously their speciality. We appreciated being given refreshing cold towels (of real toweling, not disposable wipes) as soon as we sat down We started with miso soup, reasonably priced at 15 baht a bowl. This was pleasantly appetizing, but a bit bland compared to other versions which I have eaten elsewhere – I prefer a little more flavour. We ordered a variety of types of nigiri sushi, priced at about 15 baht a piece (nigiri is hand formed sushi, with a slice of fish or other topping on a small mound of sushi rice). One of the nice things about Japanese food is the presentation. I hope you can see from the photograph how attractive the plate looked. More importantly, it was equally attractive to eat. We also tried the ebi tem maki sushi at 59 baht (ebi is shrimp, maki is rolled sushi with the filling inside the rice roll). I found this to be the most successful dish we ate, with a nice touch of crispness to the texture to complement the flavour. Staying on the theme of seafood, we also sampled the salmon sashimi (89 baht). The salmon had a subtle taste and was very tender.
There were a couple of small disappointments. We tried enoki mushrooms (45 baht). The texture was a little slippery and disappointing – I knew we should have stuck to the fish and rice! Finally, we were told they had run out of sake, so we had to drink beer. This was not a great hardship – I like Thai beer – but sake does go so well with sushi that I hope they restock soon.
The overall bill, including drink and ample food, seemed very reasonable for the amount and quality of the food. Even including a tip it came to less than 250 baht per person. It is not difficult to see why this place is popular. So, if you are looking for a bright, cheerful place to eat good sushi for a reasonable price, look no further!

 


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