Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Pham Sushi review - hugely popular Japanese hangout for sushi and sashimi at Barbican

Address: 159 Whitecross Street, London EC1Y 8JL
Tel: 020 7251 6336
Nearest Tube station: Barbican / Old Street

Ratings (out of 5 *)
Price: below £15 pp
Service charge: 12.5%
Taste: ***
Service: **
Ambience: **
Suitable for: a quick lunch, definitely not
a place for a leisurely meal
Pham Sushi, I have long heard about its reputation for its good quality and affordable Japanese food. I tried to go for dinner on a Wed evening once and it was fully booked. That goes to show how popular it is. Finally, I managed to plan ahead and reserve a place at Pham Sushi for lunch one day.

The soft shell crab was crispy and not too greasy but it came in a rather small portion. I heard that the crunchy tuna roll was the specialty of the restaurant and indeed it lived up to its name. The texture was interesting and it was something that is unique to the restuarant.

Sushi and sashimi combination set

We also had the sushi and sashimi combination set with tempura soba. While the sushi tasted fresh, I did find the taste of vinegar rather overwhelming. My companions were pretty happy with their noodles. With its relatively affordable pricing , I couldn't really quibble with the quality.

Its service was efficient, nothing to shout about. Ambience was simple, designed to maximise the sitting capacity and was definintely not a place for a long sit down meal. All in all, I would say that Pham Sushi would be a reliable place to turn to if you craved for reasonably priced Japanese food.

Guest post by Twinkletoe - a discerning eater who occasionally posts for Singaporean in London

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The London Foodie said...

Interesting write up, someone at work told me about this place but then i thought "pham sushi??" the names sounds terrible which made me think it was Japanese food for the western palate. I will be adding this one to my ever growing list of places to go. Thanks.

Luiz @ The London Foodie

C K said...

@London Foodie,
I know what you mean. But it seems that this place is hugely popular. Have been trying to reserve a table to no avail.

Kake said...

Hello... I sent you an email about this but I guess it went astray. Anyway: I'm glad you like my photo (top of the page), but under the terms of the Creative Commons licence you do need to attribute it to me "as appropriate to the medium". Could you add a line giving credit to me and linking back to the Flickr page, please? If you've mislaid it, the link is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kake_pugh/3113745877/


C K said...

Hi Kake,
Really sorry about that. Have replied to your email and added your link at the bottom of the post.

C K said...

Hi Kake, as I mentioned in my email, I'm having a problem with my (table) tag and removed your photo from my post. Thanks again.

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