Woolworths sushi. It's amazing I tell you. For the skeptics, it's actually a franchise store called Sushi Izu and they've partnered with Woolworths to set up sushi bars in Woolworths stores across Australia. You choose your sushi and take it to the cash register as though it were any other item in the supermarket.
Woolworths sushi is surprisingly innovative and is providing creative and exciting alternatives to the boring stock-standard sushi options in Canberra.
I love their selection. My ultimate favourite is the Crunchy Cooked Tuna Roll. The roll contains a cooked tuna and mayo mixture along with some avocado and cucumber. The best part is the crunchy topping. I can't get enough of the topping!!!
The Salmon Onion Roll comes a close second. I love the combination of flavours in this one. The roll is topped with grilled salmon (deliciously smokey!) and very thinly sliced onion. Inside the roll is a creamy salad filling. The whole roll is then finished off with a drizzle of thick soy sauce, a creamy ranch-like dressing, a sprinkle of fish roe and spring onion garnish. It's a fantastic complex mix of fresh flavours that just works.
I also tried the Crunchy Tempura Prawn Roll which was nice but the crunchy topping wasn't as crispy as the topping for the tuna roll.
I'm loving the price of the sushi. On the surface, it seems like you're paying more than at your regular sushi place. But that's like comparing apples and oranges. I'm all about the value for money - for the price of 3 boring hand rolls, I could get a plate of exciting "fusion style sushi"!
It's available in some Woolworth stores and not others. According to Sushi Izu, the sushi bars will be open in the following locations:
- Weston Creek
While I realise that installing a sushi bar in Woolworths may mean that the nearby local small businesses may suffer, I also believe in healthy competition. Too many times, I've bought sushi rolls where the filling stopped about halfway and the "hidden end" of the roll was just rice and seaweed. I have never once felt cheated after buying the sushi plates from Woolworths. Smaller sushi retailers may need to lift their game if they want to keep their customers.
I'm also really looking forward to seeing the offerings from Hero Sushi, set to open in the Canberra Centre.
Banh mi is out, delicious and complex sushi is most definitely in!
Has anyone else tried the Woolworths sushi? How do you think it compares?