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Marks and Spencer Sushi is really good Sushi, I never used to like having Sushi until I went hear and now I am a big Sushi Lover, really affordable prices and it is really nice. After I started collecting sushi from a supermarket I thought I need to get more into eating Sushi food? so I went web surfing and found a exclusive place called Iso Sushi and it is in London WOW this Sushi is amazing the quality of the food is amazing I would highly recommend any fish love to go to this store great prices fantastic food - check out their website @ www.isosushi.co.uk
If ever I'm in Marks and Spencer I always pick up one of their Sushi selections. I admit I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to eating the raw fish, so I always go for the same one, which is the smallest party selection that they do.
The pack costs £1.00, which is a great cost as you get a fair bit of sushi, and it does tend to fill me up quite nicely, also it's quite healthy, which is a great bonus.
For that £1.00 you get:
1 Tuna Teriyaki California Roll
2 Red Pepper Maki
2 Cucumber Maki
1 Tiny bottle of soy sauce.
This doesn't sound like a lot, but after you have eaten it, you certainly feel like you have had a good amount of food.
The tuna california roll
This is basic tuna wrapped in a small amount of seaweed, with rice around the outside and a coating of sesame seeds. This is really tasty and the sesame seeds are always a really nice little extra. The tuna is always very tasty and the roll looks well made. I do have to eat this in parts as it's a bit too big to eat whole (especially sat in an office).
The maki is just a small piece of cucumber or pepper, which is always very crunchy and fresh, wrapped in rice then seaweed on the outside. These tend to be smaller than the California roll and easy to eat in one go. I really like these as they are so simple looking, but you know a lot of effort has gone into making them, as I tried to make sushi once and it's really difficult.
The soy sauce is very thin in consistency as it should be, and has a lovely salty taste.
The nutritional info is listed as: 145 cals, 3.4g sugar, 0.7g fat, 0.2g saturated fat, 1.19g salt. I think that's pretty healthy, and it's actually tasty.
All of these for just £1.00 I think is a bargain for a healthy lunch. When you compare it with the likes of a meal deal from boots. You can buy these as part of Marks and Spencers own version of a meal deal though if you want to.
The only downside for me with this is that there is no wasabi included in the pack. I can't stand pickled ginger so I'm not too bothered about that, but a little blob of wasabi would make the maki just a tad more interesting.
I would definitely recommend this pack, especially for sushi beginners, as the pieces are regular vegetables, and they are small and easy to eat. I love this pack, and buy it very frequently.
I love sushi but there aren't any sushi bars where I live. Marks and Spencers Sushi Packs make a good alternative and are great for lunch.
Obviously don't expect the sushi to be as good as if you went to a proper sushi bar such as Oko, in the same way pre-packed Tesco sanwiches don't taste as good as a fresh sandwich either!
M&S sushi is better than Tesco, in my opinion, and there are a variety to choose from including vegeatarian selections, fish selections and the sushi party selection. If you haven't tried sushi before I suggest starting the veg before moving on to the mixed combo.
The smallest packages cost as little as £1 and the party box costs £13 but provides 32 pieces which serves 8 people according to M&S but 6 is probably more realistic.
The party selection includes:
4 king prawn futomaki
2 tuna teriyaki Californian rolls
2 peppered smoked mackerel Californian rolls
2 roasted red pepper nigiri
2 peppered smoked mackerel nigiri
4 cucumber maki
4 edamame maki
4 smoked salmon maki
2 king prawn nigiri
4 red pepper maki
2 asparagus nigiri
It also comes with pickled ginger (which I personally hate), soy sauce and wasabi (again I'm not a fan) but there aren't any chopsticks. As all the pieces are bite size you can easily use your fingers and not make any mess.
M&S do not use any raw fish but the food must be consumed on the day of purchase and some of the pieces are covered in sesame seeds making the selection unsuitable for those with nut allergies.
I think M&S sushi makes a great change for lunch and would reccommend it those who want to give sushi a go but don't know where to start!
Marks & Spencer Sushi.....
I decided in January that this year is the year to try new things and this advice spurred me on to buy my first ever trial of Sushi a few months back. I initially saw sushi ready to eat in the sandwich section of Tesco and the smaller boxes only cost £1 so I thought I didn't have much to loose by trying it even if I didn't like it. Anyway I needn't have worried because I loved it and haven't stopped eating it since.
Marks & Spencer Sushi pack was the latest one I have tried and to be honest I think it is the best out of the lot. Compared to Tesco Sushi, the M&S looks a lot more professional as it is made into circular pieces whereas the Tesco Sushi is squarer.
There were several sizes available in M&S but I only wanted a lunch time substitute for a sandwich so opted for the £3 packet. In this packet you get 8 different pieces of sushi and I feel the price is good for what you are getting. The price in Tesco ranges from £1 to £5 but I think the price is about the same for a box this size.
The pieces of sushi inside are as follows:
1 Prawn Futomaki
2 Soya Edamame Maki
1 King Prawn Nigri
2 Red Pepper Maki
1 Lochmuir Smoked Salmon Nigri
1 Cucumber Maki with Soy Sauce
Pickled ginger and Wasabi.
Now my favourite out of the packet has got to be the Nigri either the King Prawn or Salmon as I enjoy them both. They are basically just slaps of rice with the fish part laid over the top. They are easy to eat and have such a nice flavour as the salmon is smoked and you can really taste both this and the freshness.
All the sushi contains rice and the other roll type sushi has seaweed as the wrapping to hold the rice together. I have tried to make my own sushi but this was very unsuccessful as my rice was too hard and too fragranced with the liquids you need to add into them and I didn't like my seaweed sheets, so it was complete disaster and I am only going to buy shop made sushi from now on.
So to get back to this M&S sushi, I do think that it is far superior to the Tesco version because it looks a better quality and it even tastes a better quality. You get more soy sauce (that comes in a little bottle) with the M&S one and both the pickled ginger and wasabi are not wrapped individually and this makes them easier to eat. I must admit to not using wasabi though as this is just like a Japanese horseradish sauce and far too hot for me.
The way this sushi is made is very good and the pieces are really just bite sized pieces that pop into the mouth easily and without too much mess. I have gotten people from work to try sushi and they are now just as hooked as I am. At first it tastes a little salty but the flavours of the vegetables and fish really come through. I must say that I have only tried the sushi with the raw fish once and I don't think I will try it again as I really didn't like it. Most sushi from Morrison's, Tesco or M&S is the no raw fish variety and this is the way I like it.
All in all I do think this sushi packet from M&S is better than what I get at Tesco. It is harder for me to get to M&S to buy it as regularly as I like to and for that reason I will probably continue to buy is from Tesco. If I do go anywhere near M&S though I will certainly be buying it.
A 5 Star rating and a High Recommendation from me.
I hope this has been of some help/interest to you.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
Finding great sushi, in a non-Japanese setting, is about as hard as finding great Fish & Chips in a non-British setting. In other words, pre-packaged sushi is only.....mediocre, at best. Does that make me sound like a pretentious sushi snob? Probably. =(
I was more than willing to like this party tray of various types of Sushi. My mind was telling me "well, it's better than nothing" and " you don't have time to make your own". So, I grabbed 3 of these platters, and headed out to a friends house for an engagement party. They looked "decent' enough. I was glad they weren't ALL rolls , and had a couple Sashimi's thrown in (Even though it was only smoked salmon and prawn.....not real Sashimi).
When I got to the party and helped set up the food, I noticed after an hour or so, the "pretend" Sashimi was never even touched. So, I went up and decided to try a piece of the Smoked Salmon. It tasted "ok". Then I tried the Prawn, that tasted a little better since everyone loves Prawns. I wasn't sure then why people weren't eating them.
They seemed to love the different types of Maki and California Rolls. I thought "Alright, maybe these are surprisingly good".....nope.....They were only "ok" and turned into "almost good", when you added some soy , pickled Ginger and wasabi. If you had a good roll though, you'd know that , it's not really necessary to put Soy Sauce or Ginger with it. Great rolls taste great on their own.
At the end of the party , there were only the Sashimi's left that I quickly snatched up and ate (they're my fave type of Sushi anyways.....some places call them Nigiri). They were neither satisfying or unsatisfying. Everything about this Sushi from Marks and Spencers was just OK. Which was a little anticlimatic since it looked very good, and it wasn't cheap and cost me over 30 pounds for three of them.
I guess if you are unable to go to a Sushi Restuarant, or don't have the ingridients to make it yourself, this is the next best thing. I really don't think i'll be buying this in the future though. If you were told to bring some to a party, I'd suggest going to Boots and buying several of their Sushi roll packs. They only cost 3 pounds each and have about 8 pieces in them. If you buy 4 packs of these, they would equal one of of these packs for about the same price, but they do taste a little better.
Sorry Marks & Spencer......maybe you need to hire a Japanese Sushi Chef to make this for you instead? =)
Many people, including myself, will turn their noses up at the idea of eating raw fish. However, when you try it you'll either love it or hate it. I love sushi, I love trying the various different types that are out there.
Marks and Spencer provide this party pack which has a basic selection of sushi for, would you have guessed it, a party, with plenty to go around. The sushi it provides are the usual, everybody likes pieces, with no unusual pieces that require a particular taste to want to try. You also get your soy sauce and the pickled ginger to clense the pallet. However, the main problem with this is that there isn't a huge range of sushi to try, and you soon become bored with the same selection they offer from their various sized packs of sushi.
All the pieces of sushi taste fine and are a great way to introduce people to sushi (as well as saving you the difficulty in making it yourself!). However, I found that this, with all supermarket sushi, tasted dry and the rice was quite hard - you can't beat sushi from a sushi restaruant. Definately worth a try, try something new today.
We were having friends round for a dinner party recently and I knew that all three couples were well travelled and had quite adventurous tastes so as a starter I bought a couple of packs of the Marks and Spencer Sushi Party selection which set me back just under £25 however this gives you plenty of choice and there was more than enough to share amongst six of us especially as we also had some saki to go with it. In all there were 32 pieces of sushi and each one was nicely prepared and very attractive.
You get four of each variety and my personal favourite is the cucumber maki and the smoked salmon nigiri which are lovely and tasty. As well as the sushi you also get the hot wasabi as well as soy sauce for dipping and some pickled ginger. The tuna and pepper california rolls are also something I like and I had not had these before, the fish has a nice strong taste and this was as good as restaurant sushi in my opinion.
I was less impressed with the sweet potato maki which was a little balnd and I could not really detect and flavour to the sweet potato however the prawn and spinach californian rolls made up for these.
If you want some different party food then these are worth giving a try.
I love sushi and I also love the Marks and Spencer's Food Hall for the odd treat here and there. The Fish Roll, Nigiri and Makri Sushi Selection is one of my favourite occasional treats and I just love it!
First a little bit about sushi:
Sushi is a traditional Japanese dish which began centuries ago as a method of preserving fish. Cleaned, raw fish and rice were pressed between layers of salt and weighted with a stone. After several weeks, the stone was removed and replaced with a light cover, a few months after that, the fermented fish and rice were considered ready to eat.
Today there are many different types of sushi, traditionally served with raw fish, sometimes wrapped in seaweed sheets which are known as yaki-nori and/or containing a variety of other vegetables. Sushi rice (sushi-meshi) is made with Japonica rice, also called 'sticky rice' which has a different consistency from the rice we commonly eat in the Western World. It's stickiness means that the grains can easily be manipulated in to shapes, usually using a rolling mat. Sushi rice gets its flavour and shine from a mixture of rice vinegar and water called sushi-szu which is added during the cooling process.
The Marks and Spencer's pack is presented in an oblong black plastic tray with a clear plastic lid to enable admiration of the contents. It is sealed simply with a plastic sticker and is easy to open. The sushi doesn't particularly smell of anything, it doesn't smell fishy, just fresh.
The pack consists of:
**2 x's Tuna California Rolls**
California rolls are the most commonly known type of sushi. They have a tuna, mayonnaise, red pepper and cucumber centre, with the rice rolled around this mixture and a light coating of sesame seeds on the edge. These are my personal favourite in the pack. There isn't too much mayo, in fact you can hardly taste it although the flavour of the tuna is prominent. The sesame seeds add a subtle but nice nutty taste to the rolls, which is a little different.
**2 x's Smoked Salmon Nigiri and 1 x's Prawn Nigiri**
Nigiri are a little different from typical sushi as they are not rolls. They are a slab of rice with a topping of either king prawn or a piece of smoked salmon. Very simple but very effective. Although it is hard to bite into the topping and I find that it is easier to eat the topping first followed by the rice or vice versa.
**4 x's Smoked salmon makri**
Makri are the smallest of the selection and are wrapped in the seaweed sheets discussed earlier. If you have never eaten seaweed before, don't worry because it really doesn't taste of very much. The makri have a smoked salmon and cucumber centre and are probably my least favourite in the pack as they could do with a little more filling.
To compliment the sushi the pack contains the following:
A little fish shaped, twist top bottle of soy sauce, called Sohyu in Japanese. The sushi should be lightly dipped into the soy sauce but try not to over do it as it is very salty and this can ruin the sushi.
Some small pieces of finely shaven picked ginger which are traditionally known as 'Gari'
A condiment known as 'wasabi' which is a unique Japanese spice also called green horseradish with a similar taste to the horseradish we have with beef.
Adding these items is optional, according to personal preference. I like to have a little soy and maybe a little ginger but I can't stand horseradish so I leave the wasabi well alone. Be warned that the ginger and wasabi both have a real kick to them so be sparing with them.
As this is a takeaway selection and sushi should be eaten with the fingers then a small hand wipe also included, although really sushi isn't that messy to eat at all.
The pack costs £3.60 and the total weight is 210g. This is relatively expensive but so is everything else in M&S and salmon and prawns are expensive ingredients.
The sushi is 57% rice, so if you aren't a rice person then I doubt this is for you. The product does not actually contain raw fish, as is the case with most other takeaway sushi packs, in order to appeal to Western tastes. Admittedly more fish would be a benefit, particularly in the makri rolls which are a little plain. II love sushi as it tastes so wholesome and natural. I adore rice and this is a really rice alternative to sandwiches!
What's more sushi is very good for you. The pack contains just 315 kcal and 4.8g fat (13.7g protein, 54.2g carbohydrate, 3.9g of which sugars). However adding all of the soy sauce means that the product is quite salty. If you use it all that is a total of 1.14g of sodium which is quite a lot.
Marks and Spencer's sushi can be kept for up to three days after purchase when kept in the fridge.
In addition to this selection Marks and Spencer's also do a number of other takeaway sushi packs, although I can't say that I have tried them. These include vegetarian sushi, which substitutes fish for items such as asparagus and mini omelette and 'Sushi to Share' which is a bigger selection similar to that described above for £5.50. If you aren't sure if you like sushi you can also try smaller packs containing just a California roll and a couple of makri together with the condiments.
Thanks for reading. Nicky x
"4 smoked salmon nigiri; 4 prawn nigiri; 4 prawn and spinach californian rolls; 4 tuna and pepper californian rolls; 4 sweet potato maki; 4 red Pepper maki; 4 yellow pepper maki; and 4 cucumber maki, with wasabi, soy sauce and pickled ginger (contains sesame seeds)."