PUBLISHED: 10:08 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 12:13 07 May 2010
The idea of eat all you can sushi is not one that sits easily. Relying on incredibly fresh fish and highly skilled, specialist chefs, the Japanese cuisine does not immediately seem to lend itself to the eat all you can model.
The idea of eat all you can sushi is not one that sits easily. Relying on incredibly fresh fish and highly skilled, specialist chefs, the Japanese cuisine does not immediately seem to lend itself to the eat all you can model, focusing as it does on battery chicken, cheap carbs and smotherings of grease.
Thankfully at Shiki on Norwich's Tombland, they haven't skimped on quality and offer a wide selection of expertly crafted sushi.
Of course this does come at a cost, and at £22.50 (£20 for students) it is not as light on the pocket as sushi is reputed to be on the body.
But Shiki's décor is elegant, fairly minimal and formal, great for impressing dates and business colleagues, or for a special night out with friends.
The system is simple - you get a list of all the items on the menu, and you tick off all the dishes you want. And you can do the same again as many times as you like for two hours.
Included are a selection of favourite sides and starters, including miso soup and edamame (boiled slightly salted soybeans), and tasty wakame seaweed salad.
And of course the sushi, an excellent selection of nigiri (oval sushi), gunkan (battleship sushi) and rolls of varying sizes, with fish including salmon, turbot, sea bass, boiled prawn, tuna, squid and eel.
All of course served with soy sauce, wasabi (Japanese horseradish) and pickled ginger.
There are also crispy tempura vegetables and seafood dishes and vegetarian alternatives including omelette, radish and avocado sushi.
The only disappointment is the dessert, limited to vanilla ice cream, tea and coffee.
One good tip is don't order too much. Sushi is meant to be eaten in small quantities, and trying to eat more to get your money's worth is a false economy, leaving you with a leaden belly - and it seems a sin to let such delicious, sculpted works of marine art go uneaten.
And from February 11 a new teppanyaki wing of the restaurant, a style of Japanese cooking using an iron griddle, will be offering a new taste for the city's diners.
t Shiki, 6 Tombland, Norwich; 01603 619262
t Style: Modern Japanese
t Food: Japanese
t Wheelchair access: Yes
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