Having always been a food lover, nothing can stop me from craving good quality food even if I am studying abroad in Birmingham, which is miles away from my hometown. (I was raised in Hong Kong where people call my country “the food paradise”.) I never thought that the UK would have a very high standard of Asian food; not until I found this Japanese Restaurant called Sushi Passion. Originally, their shop was located inside the Bullring Indoor Market, where you could see a bench of chairs with only five seats facing an open kitchen. It has now moved to a shop with much larger dimensions in the Great Western Arcade, near the Birmingham snow hill. They have redecorated the whole restaurant and now, you will find there a very ‘Japanese’ and cosy atmosphere. But of course, the decoration is not the main reason that I recommend this restaurant: the food should be the focus.
I love having a meal with a large group of people as we can try many different kinds of food and so every time I am craving sushi, I will ask my good friends to go to Sushi Passion with me. I would say that the ‘bridge of sushi’ is a must-order item without any hesitation. (see picture!) This ‘bridge’ is one of the sushi sets that you can find on the menu. It costs £44 which I think is a pretty fair price since it is quite expensive to buy fresh raw material, such as salmon and shrimp, when it comes to Japanese food. To talk about my favourite sushi; it must be the Salmon Teriyaki roll without a doubt. What I can tell you about the roll is that it has delicious ‘layers’. You will find it very crispy when you have the first bite, which is the fried onion pieces. And for the second bite, you will definitely be inspired by the freshness of the avocado. I have never had such a sweet and fresh avocado! The spicy salmon and Japanese dressing will also make you fall in love with it!
It is clear that you cannot only find quality sushi in Japan or other Asian countries. If you are craving for Japanese food, Sushi Passion would be a wise choice for you.
Written by Kristie Chan
The UoB Linguist Magazine
Guild of Students,
University of Birmingham