This is why we love Asian food so much

1Guys, grab your popcorn. This is going to be a long post, and it’ll definitely make you hungry.

Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to be invited to Sakana‘s first ever Pink Thursday, where you can get a bottle of pink fizz for £15 and 2 for 1 cocktails all night. I still cannot decide which deal do I like the most, because they both sound pretty good to me, tbh! So we decided to join them to celebrate this day, and get a taste of their menu as well.

Of course we started the night with some pink prosecco! We’ve been loving prosecco lately, in case you couldn’t tell with our last night out foodventure at Slug and Lettuce, and this was a great excuse to have a couple of drinks to welcome the weekend (although we were on a Thursday, but you get my point).

We definitely enjoyed our glasses of prosecco!

Our server was Aziz, and apart from being extremely nice and enthusiastic, he was extra helpful when it came to giving us some recommendations on what to get, which is my absolute favorite part. You know how much I hate having to decide what to eat, so having someone that knows the menu well tell me what he liked the most was an instant relief.

Spicy Thai Tuna Sashimi with Thai Aromatics Dressing, and Aburi: Tuna, Salmon, Aubergine and Beef nigiri, flame-torched at the table.

On our first round he brought some Spicy Thai Tuna Sashimi which, surprise surprise, was really spicy, but completely worth it! You know sometimes I don’t tolerate spicy food, specially if the spice is just too strong and all you get from it is a hot feeling in your mouth. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case for me here!

It was tangy, and tasted kinda sweet at the beginning, and then the spice punch at the end brought the best of the tuna sashimi out. Enjoying a spicy dish is not common for me, but I really loved this one. It’s a must if you love a fresh dish! 

Flame-torched nigiri.

Tuna sashimi on crispy rice, with some spicy mayo and chives.

The flame-torched nigiri were really nice as well, and it’s really cool to see the flames transforming the dish right in front of your eyes. It was definitely a fun part of the night.

Then came the tuna sashimi on crispy rice. Aziz warned us before bringing them that we were going to look at the dish and say “hmm, really?”, but it was going to be amazing, and this is when I started trusting his opinion and recommendations more than ever!

This was so crispy and so good, that I became almost sad when I saw we only had one left. I mean, you guys know that crispy food is my weakness, so there’s no surprise when it comes to that. However, the mix of textures in these was really different and nice, which is why I think I liked it so much. You can’t miss this!

What a line up! From left to right: Aburi, Tuna Sashimi on Crispy Rice, and Surf & Turf roll.

Surf & Turf Roll: Fillet of Beef, Seared salmon, Jalapeños, and melted Mozzarella.

I bet you can already tell that I’ve never tried anything like that surf and turf roll before. The cucumber was a nice and fresh touch inside, and then the melted mozzarella on top was a cool surprise. If you’re really into trying out different dishes and uncommon flavours every time you go out, this can be for you.

When I read the description all I could think to myself was ” This one is definitely G’s kinda dish”.

Beef Tataki: Seared and thinly sliced beef, with ponzu dressing, shallots and radish.

Beef Tataki.

I love beef tataki. I love the smoked flavour. I love being able to taste the beef without it being overcooked. I loved the way the dressing, shallots and radish complemented it. There’s not a thing I didn’t like about this. This is a more classic dish that I believe most people would like!

Round two of deliciousness.

Pork Belly Confit Kushiyaki, with grilled pineapple and Misoyaki sauce.

I’m going to be completely honest with you here: I don’t know if it was the Misoyaki Sauce, the way the Pork Belly was sealed and cooked, or just a mixture of all the elements on this dish, but it definitely blew my mind (and palate!).

I really enjoyed the mix between the pineapple flavour and the pork belly. It was nice and fresh, and, call me crazy, but it felt kinda tropical at the same time. I think that’s just a thing that comes when we bring in sweet and tangy fruits into the mix, which I absolutely love.

I didn’t really think I was going to like this dish as much as I did, but it was definitely one of my favorites (although it’s really hard to tell, because everything was pretty amazing, tbh!).

Salt and Pepper Tempura Baby Squid, with sweet and sour sauce.

This is going to sound terrible because we’re talking about baby squid (and I kinda feel bad, but not really): I could eat a whole bucket of these in a sitting, and I’m not even exaggerating.

I mean, we’re talking about crispy seafood incredibly well seasoned, that’s no surprise for me (and definitely not for G, either)!

The flavour was so simple and yet so rich. They were extra crispy, in case you couldn’t already tell from the picture above, and an absolute winner on our side. In case you can’t already tell, we’re pretty big fans of Sakana by this point!

Seabass and Mango Thai Salad, with seabass tempura, Chilli lime dressing, and cashew nuts.

Yes, we’re still eating by this point. No, I don’t regret it for a second.

This Seabass and Mango Thai Salad was another great example of spice bringing out the best of a dish. I’m definitely a big fan of the sweet and spicy combo, and it was nice getting the texture of the seabass tempura in the mix. G loved this one because of the chilli lime dressing, and so did I!

Pad Graphics Prow: Spicy Thai favourite, with chili, garlic, holy basil and oyster sauce.

Morning Glory: Asian Water Spinach, Garlic and Dried Shrimp.

Is it just me or oyster sauce makes things taste absolutely amazing?

We had this with some egg fried rice and it was really tasty, and not at all spicy. That being said, you could taste the chillies but it wasn’t overpowering by any means. Also, my best recommendation is to get a couple of these main courses and some sides, and share! It’s your best chance to taste even more dishes and try more of what Sakana has to offer. Or just eat one and have an amazing excuse to come back next time!

The morning glory is another great choice of side that we liked because of the crispy prawns that you could find inside. It was a nice texture twist and, just as everything else, these spinach was seasoned perfectly.

Korean Steak Galbi, with sweet soy, peppers, garlic and Thai Aromatics Dip.

This dish is under the small plates section but can be turned into a main course portion.

Finally, we had some Korean Steak Galbi, and I know what you’re probably thinking right now: “how were you guys able to eat all of this?” and to this day I still don’t know! Everything was so good, that we just couldn’t stop ourselves from getting a taste of everything Aziz brought to our table.

This final dish was incredibly nice because the steak was super tender, and the sweet soy gave it a great overall flavour. Another favorite, and definitely a must if you visit them! 

Our overall experience was more than amazing. If you’re into asian food, you need to pay them a visit, because you’ll definitely find something to love in their extensive menu. Also, if you get Aziz as your server, trust every recommendation he gives you! I’m not even kidding on this last one.

That being said, every member of the staff was incredibly nice, not only to us but to everyone else at the restaurant,  which to me is an incredibly important part of the experience as well. So I’d recommend this place to anyone I know!

They’re open for dinner and drinks on every weekday, from 4:30pm to 10pm, and then from Friday to Sunday you can even have some lunch since they start serving at 12pm and close at 10:30pm. Yay for extended hours!

Have you guys ever been to Sakana? If so, let me know what was your favorite dish and how was your experience! And if not, what’s your favorite asian food place to visit?


I’ll stop writing now. If you’re still here with me, thanks for reading!

Michelle’s out.