A Japanese restaurant is a fitting opening for January when many people are on health kicks. My month hasn't gone so well… a trip to London a couple of weeks ago involved two lunches a day on more than one occasion.
Owned by the former head chef and manager of the excellent Yakitori #1, Sushi Life's prices are exceptionally reasonable.
Bottles of very drinkable Sapporo and Ichiban were £3 and £3.50 respectively.
Agedashi tofu (£3.50) achieved the challenging feat of being more addictive than Smith’s Bacon Fries. The creamiest of tofu was coated in unfeasibly light and crunchy tempura batter.
Chicken katsu curry (£8) saw a delightfully crisp chicken cutlet bathed in mild Japanese curry sauce. In an enjoyably Caaardiff twist, it was served with half ‘n’ half comprising of crunchy fries and sticky rice. A side salad was coated in a compelling thousand island dressing.
Crunch California maki rolls (£6) didn’t quite work for me but Mrs G was a fan. The twist on the crab stick and avocado filled rolls saw them coated in breadcrumbs and lightly fried – their warm temperature let the dish down.
In contrast, Green dragon (£6.50) maki rolls were bang up my street – the combination of fresh salmon, tender avocado and crisp cucumber was impossible to fault.
During lunchtimes, Sushi Life also serve some exceptionally good value takeaway deals.
I ordered combo 1 (£6.50).
Salmon, tuna, prawn and avocado nigiri were all impeccably fresh and the rice was well textured.
Tuna and avocado and crab stick, avocado and salmon were the two highlights of the eight pieces of maki. You can tell there's a lot of care that goes into the construction of each pretty roll.
Much like the recently opened Porro on Wellfield Road, I predict I’m going to become a regular at Sushi Life. The fact I've already been twice in one week says it all.
Address - Sushi Life, Globe Centre, Wellfield Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3PE
Telephone - 02920459703 '