Who knew that a tiny restaurant in West London was the home to one of the best sushi chefs in the UK? Located on an unassuming road in Hammersmith lies Suzu, where, as a treat, my husband had booked us in for a two hour sushi class one Saturday.
Throughout our session, we had a laugh learning how to make Hosomaki roll, inside-out roll, Nigiri sushi and Temaki hand roll – and the best part of all? You get to eat / take home your 23 creations (which is actually a LOT of food between two of you). Having had no prior experience with sushi (other than eating it!), we both found it relatively easy. It would be a great gift for a fellow foodie friend and you can buy one of the gift vouchers online or in the restaurant.
Taught by chef Makiko, whose dry sense of humour and clear way of explaining made the class all the more enjoyable, used to serve some of London’s most influential customers behind her sashimi counter in Selfridges (even providing sushi to Buckingham Palace), before she set up her own restaurant. The name ‘suzu’ means ‘long and healthy life’ and she believes that good food is key to achieving this. Adapting a little from the Spanish tapas culture, at Suzu you’re encouraged to select several dishes at once so you can pick and choose – sampling the variety of Japanese style delights on the menu.
Included in your price of the class are a couple of nice things to take away, especially Makiko’s own personal recipe to make the perfect sushi rice. She also provides tips for some of the best Japenese food stockists in London if you’re really looking to show off at the next dinner party by making your own sushi for guests; Japan Food Hall has over 1,000 items directly imported from Japan that deliver anywhere to the UK and Atari-ya are the biggest Japanese fishmongers in London, selling delicious already-cut slices of fish for you.
You can find out how to book a class here – we did the ‘Sushi Class’ but there are lots of other options; private lessons, corporate functions, adult sushi making parties for birthdays, hen do’s or stag do’s – they even do a knife sharpening skills session too. The Sushi Class is £57 per person and you get to take away a cook book or a sushi making kit for a discounted price too.
Suzu is located at 170-172 Hammersmith Road. Let me know if you head along or if there are any other London cooking classes I should be trying out!