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    Maki, nigiri and more at Singkong’s sushi festival.

    At the top of the list of Japanese things the world adores, amongst their whiskies, ramen, wines and a passion for an uncluttered life, is the quintessential sushi. So when Singkong announced its sushi festival, we simply had to check it out.

    Getting started on a light and refreshing note, we were first served the Kappa maki — a roll made with cucumber and cream cheese. Ideal for a hot day, this one could also serve as a palate cleanser. The accompanying pickled ginger was diced a bit too thick, but in the ‘wabi-sabi’ spirit of things, we let it slide. Crispy prawn tempura uramaki was next and the little droplet of spicy sriracha mayo made all the difference.

    The California uramaki, a winning combination, packs in crabstick, avocado, cream cheese and tobiko or flying fish roe — an interplay of textures that is sure to keep you coming back for more. If you’re a fan of shiitake, opt for the Sesame shiitake nigiri. Soaked in Mirin and Sake, the size of the mushroom is generous and it is hands down, one of the best nigiris on offer. For those who’d like a little bit of everything, we suggest the Oh My God sushi roll from their special festive menu (on until January 31). An enticing blend of crabstick, salmon, tuna and avocado, it is lightly toasted at the table and finished off with a sprinkling of diced spring onion.
    While the sushi menu may not be for purists, it sure scores high on taste. Rs 1,500++ for two. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41755366.

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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