Kick things off with a simple but tasty miso soup with chunks of tofu and seaweed, wakame and spring onions. Sushi rolls are not perfect – the rice is a little underdone in some and in others the fish ratio is a little low – but for budget sushi, it’s decently put together and tasty. Begin with the classics – the salmon roses are good – and progress to some of the wackier signature dishes, which feature everything from strawberries and cream cheese to beetroot and even cognac.
The Yakuza roll, which comes topped with shredded salmon and the Active Sushi signature sauce, is too sweet for my taste but might please some palates. The deep-fried calamari roll works far better – a pleasant fusion of a classic fish dish and a crunchy sushi roll.
Not included in the all-you-can-eat special is a selection of ramen dishes, salads, banting sushi and poke bowls.
For dessert there’s deep-fried ice cream.
By-the-glass wine options are limited to house bottles, but there is Villiera bubbly available by the glass. There are also two Japanese sakes to try.
Wood-clad walls and a feature bar make for a pleasant space during the day. By night, the slightly too-bright bulbs spotlight some tables, which might make you feel a little uncomfortable. There’s usually a pleasant buzz from sushi-eating regulars.
Our waiter is friendly, courteous, but not overbearing and we were helped fairly timeously. A slightly odd vibe was created, however, by another staff member sitting at a table behind us and getting up sporadically to serve tables.
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