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A Sushi Lovers Guide to Bristol
Image Credit: Yume Kitchen

A Sushi Lovers Guide to Bristol

7 April 2017 | Natasha Healy

Sushi is no longer considered the hipster fad it once was. It has become hugely popular across the country leading to an influx of restaurants and bars delivering authentic Japanese dining. Bristol is no exception and the city is home to numerous independent sushi joints from the cheap and cheerful lunchtime hotspots to inviting locations for dinner and drinks. This list brings together a few of the Bristol’s best sushi locations.

Bento Boss

Bento Boss lays claim to the title of the ‘Best Sushi in Bristol’ on Trip Advisor, and it’s no wonder considering the vast menu filled with fun fishy treats. The sushi menu ranges from the everyday favourites such as Maki rolls (tubes of fillings and rice wrapped in seaweed) to the more exotic examples like slices of raw octopus or squid Nigiri. Bento Boss is great for groups who aren’t all fans of raw fish as they also offer bento boxes filled with other popular Japanese dishes including Katsu Curry and bowls of steaming ramen.

Bento Boss sushi
Bento Boss

Bento Boss, First Floor Restaurant, Unit 6, Clifton Down Station, Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2PH. Opening hours: 12pm-10pm. Book your table.

Nomu

This little Japanese restaurant in Redland is loved for its cosy, intimate atmosphere which makes it the perfect destination for a romantic dinner or a lengthy catch-up. Diners find themselves spending hours relaxing at Nomu as the range of delicious food – including a plentiful assortment of sushi and hot dishes – gives way to enticing drinks from its extensive cocktail menu filled with over 50 varieties.

Nomu, 81 Whiteladies Road, Bristol BS8 2NT. Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 5pm - 11pm, Friday – Saturday 5pm – 12am. To book: 0117 973 2198.

Fujiyama

Fujiyama is a great sushi restaurant for groups who are looking for a bit more excitement and entertainment with their meal. It provides the opportunity to book private karaoke bars meaning that once the saki has started flowing, the brave can flaunt their vocal skills. However, if a night in with a few mini rolls is what you are after, Fujiyama also delivers, so you can enjoy their sushi on your sofa.

Fujiyama, 21 Regent Street, Bristol, BS8 4HW. Opening hours: 12pm – 10:30pm, closed Tuesdays. To book: 0117 9077840.

Your Sushi

For serious lovers of Sushi, Your Sushi offers classes that can teach budding sushi masters how to make their own. These classes run at various locations across the UK and at dates throughout the year. Bristol classes take place at Bordeaux Quay or Park Street Café and range from the one hour introductory ‘Let’s Roll’ lessons to the three hour ‘Masterchef’ classes for the true enthusiasts. The classes include refreshments, take-home instructions and a bento box filled with all the student’s homemade sushi. A voucher for the school would make a great gift for individuals or an perfect activity for groups.

Your Sushi, Bristol
Your Sushi

The next Your Sushi classes in Bristol are running on 13 May and 8 July, tickets range from £49-99. Order a voucher or book a place.

Yume Kitchen

This tiny restaurant is nestled into the bustling Cotham Hill meaning it is easy to pass-by but it is definitely worth looking for. Yume Kitchen was the first Japanese owned and run restaurant in Bristol and the owners aim to provide an authentic eating and dining experience with the freshest sushi possible. The menu changes depending on what fish the suppliers catch so delicacies can include 'katsuo' oceanic bonito, 'shima-aji' striped jack fish, and 'kinmedai' splendid alfonsino. Yume Kitchen also offers ‘Kozara’, Japanese small plates, for those who want something warmer or a little less adventurous.

Yume Kitchen's sushi
Yume Kitchen

Yume Kitchen, 9 Cotham Hill, Bristol BS6 6LD. Opening hours: Sun 12pm-3pm, Tue – Thu, 12pm – 10pm & Fri – Sat, 12pm – 11pm. To book: 0117 2002 888.

Obento

Obento boasts a truly extensive sushi menu alongside a range of alternatives such as rice boxes, Japanese curries and wok style meals. This restaurant has grown steadily over its time in Bristol, from humble beginnings when the restaurant seated just 40 diners to its present impressive size that holds 150 seats over two stories. Obento also offers 3 private Tatami rooms making it ideal for those looking to provide high quality sushi for an event or celebration.

Obento, 69 Baldwin St, Bristol BS1 1QZ. Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12pm –2:30pm, 5:30pm –11pm, Saturday 12pm-11:30pm, Sunday 12pm – 10:30pm. Book a table.

Noa Japanese Restaurant & Bar

Want quick, tasty sushi to eat as an interesting substitute to the boring desk sandwich? Noa in Clifton offers a Healthy Lunch menu with choices including the combo meal which includes samples of Japanese miso soups, salads and different pieces of sushi, alongside more traditional meals such as rice and noodle bowls. The restaurant has recently renovated with a new bespoke look and novel ‘J-style’ tapas and drinks.

Noa, 12-13 Waterloo Street, Clifton, Bristol BS8. Opening hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm. To book: 0117 973 3212.

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