Pham sushi is an Eastern pit stop designed to satisfy your Japanese hunger pangs. Their adventurous sushi rolls, including the spicy tuna rolls are what draws the crowds. They also deliver.During the week I am pretty good at eating in moderation, but come Friday it all heads downhill. Whenever I go out for a group meal we always tend to over order, and even if I unclasp that top button, I can’t help but pick at half eaten dishes. So instead of eating for one, I end up eating as if I’m expecting triplets. Come Monday, my harsh exercise regime resumes and I feel less guilty about my weekend of debauchery. Japanese food always makes me feel healthy so I often opt for it on Mondays.
After an intense weekend of partying and eating, I decided to stay house bound on the second May bank holiday Monday. To my delight, I discovered that Pham Sushi delivered for free within a one mile radius for orders over £15. Their takeaway menu is available on their website, so after a few clicks of the mouse and the telephone, my order was complete. Within half an hour, the food had been delivered, result!
The sushi and sashimi combination set consisted of some generic Itsu standard nigiri and sashimi, but the chef special sushi roll, which was a mix of various fish interweaved with some avocado and piquant spicing, were like smarties: you were excited about what combination of fish you were getting next. Definitely moreish. The agedashi tofu was not as crisp on the outside as hoped, but this was my fault for ordering agedashi to takeaway. Agedashi tofu needs to be eaten straight out of the wok and not after a transit time of 10 minutes on a motorbike. Despite the soft outer coating, the tofu itself was deliciously creamy and had a wondrously wobbly panna cotta consistency. The seaweed salad was not what I expected. The contrasting textures of the four types of seaweed was enjoyable, but it was disappointing that there was no dressing or other vegetables in the mix. A rice vinegar based dressing and some cucumber shavings would have been a nice touch. The buta yaki soba (soba noodles with pork and vegetables) was also a let down as the noodles were overcooked and the pork and vegetables were uninspiring work canteen stuff.
Pham sushi’s small restaurant is in a prime location for pre/post Barbican centre visits. The set up is purely functional, so it won’t win any design awards, and the ambiance is more akin to a simple cafe than a sophisticated restaurant. The delivery service however is exemplary, and it was impressive that they delivered within 30 minutes of ordering. The sashimi and teppanayaki is of average quality, but it is their intricate sushi rolls that make Pham Sushi worth a visit. As well as the delectable ”chef’s special” sushi roll, the spicy tuna roll is also striking.
The price per person for takeaway came to £16.50 each.