‘The best sushi I’ve had in Glasgow’, ‘Will definitely be going back again … and again … and again’, ‘Take my lunch money, take it all’.
These are just a flavour of the reviews landing at the doorstep of Sushi Riot, a Japanese food takeaway which arrived in Glasgow’s west end at the end of April. It’s fair to say that in just six weeks of service, it’s made quite an impression.
Aiming to bring ‘deliciously fresh sushi and wonderfully friendly service’ to Hyndland’s Clarence Drive, for owners Anna and Leong, Sushi Riot is more than just earning rave reviews for their attempts to stuff Glaswegians full of sensational and authentic Japanese street food, it’s the culmination of a 20-year-long family dream.
Speaking to Glasgow Live, Anna explained: “When Leong and I met our aim was to build a life together so after we started a family our next ambition was to work together. With over 20 years each in hospitality, having a business together was a destined step.
“We have spent most of our marriage like ships passing because of the intensely long hours – Leong was working and I was a working mum.
“Having Sushi Riot is about sharing more time together as a family, our boys are with us most days, playing at the back of the shop and sometimes at the front too!”
Anna and Leong pride themselves on providing a warm and friendly welcome – which you will often see diners refer to in their five star reviews – but also the best quality sushi and Japanese cuisine.
An extensive menu also includes the likes of katsu curry, yakitori, karaage and onigiri, as well as the sushi; the headline act.
Anna explained: “People can expect the best quality sushi, ready to eat Japanese street food and various drinks – Mogu Mogu, Rice Punch, Ramune – that you take from our display fridge. There’s also a choice of fun dry snacks including cute biscuits and shrimp flavoured crackers.
“The food is ready to go so it’s quick and easy. Sushi isn’t prepared in large quantities, it’s turned over quickly, made again so it tastes as good as it possibly can.
“Leong uses his own unique vinegar recipe to give the rice a subtly distinctive flavour and colour and each piece of sushi is made with much attention and care.
“Our raw salmon platter is very popular as it’s really good value and our spicy chicken maki is a definite winner with spicy sauce and crispy onions.
“Our customers like the relaxed, down to earth look. It’s a mix of traditional Japanese with a modern rustic feel.”
Of course, besides a selection of mouthwatering food snaps shared on Instagram and that wholesome family feel, the new street food takeaway has attracted westenders and those from further afield on account of its brilliant name – so how did ‘Sushi Riot’ come to be?
Anna said: “This was Leong’s choice as my choice of name wasn’t as good. He envisaged his sushi fighting with each other to catch customers attention so they would get picked!”.
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Sushi Riot is open at 23 Clarence Drive, Tuesday – Sunday, 12noon – 8pm.