Review: Juici Sushi, Britannia Street, Leeds

Juici Sushi, Britannia Street, Leeds.  Pic: Simon Hulme

Juici Sushi, Britannia Street, Leeds. Pic: Simon Hulme

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THERE’S BEEN an explosion of new outlets serving up street food from all around the world, with the city’s Trinity Kitchen a mecca for the sort of diverse grub that we’re dining out on at lunch time these days.

Just out of the main shopping district, tucked away on Britannia Street a minute’s walk from City Square, is Juici Sushi, the latest opening offering tastes of the Far East.

Amigos, a Mexican joint next door in Britannia Street, Leeds.  Pic: Simon Hulme

Amigos, a Mexican joint next door in Britannia Street, Leeds. Pic: Simon Hulme

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Casting aside this wordsmith’s cringingness to any outlet that deliberately misspells part of its name, I was intrigued enough to make a mid-afternoon visit.

Its location below street level at the top of a side street off Wellington Street is a curious choice but the bright green signage of the neighbouring Amigos restaurant - itself a specialist food joint, this one majoring on Mexican food - diverts your attention in its direction.

Juici Sushi is a rice and noodle bar serving ten different noodle and rice combinations from Japanese Yaki Soba Noodles - noodles and oriental vegetables in a fruity, tangy sauce - to the extra hot Flaming Dragon Rice Pots consisting of dragon rice with char sui, chicken and chillies.

There are another 13 speciality dishes - curries, tempura, skewers and sweet and sour - and a choice of six hot sandwiches made to order. Soups, three appetisers, and a couple of meal deals are also available.

For quick visits, there’s a refrigerator full of bento and sushi boxes, soft drinks and crisps.

I chose an appetiser and a speciality dish and was overwhelmed by the portion sizes. The appetiser, the Thai-style fish cakes with Japanese rice, green salad and sweet chilli sauce, was plenty. I’ve never been served such a large appetiser and stashed my main, the Hong Kong-style sweet and sour chicken, in the sealed plastic box that my starter came in to take home for my tea later.

The sweet and sour dish was served in a noodle-style cardboard box and had I have eaten it there and then I’d have been frustrated that all the chicken was piled on top of the rice, leaving the latter largely inaccessible until you’d eaten most of the chicken.

The fish cakes, though tasty, were floppy and didn’t scream high quality, though I did leave feeling full.

Having only opened recently, I was offered a free chocolate bar and a 10 per cent off coupon for my next visit.

Clean and sparsely decorated with white walls and red leather booths, there is plenty of space to sit and eat. A solid outlet with lots of choice and prompt service, it will probably lure me back on its value for money alone. With a can of pop and food to tide me over for two meals, my bill was £12.40.

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