Last weekend, my partner and I had both our birthdays coming, so we were quite excited to wrap up the 3-days-long celebration with a surprise menu from Sushi Cupcake. We had visited their website and we couldn’t wait to experience the Japanese delicacies we could see there.
That’s why we were a bit surprised when we received the food since it was quite a mix of Japanese and Italian typical dishes (with a beautiful twist, as you will see). It turns out that in addition to the Holborn shop, Sushi Cupcake is delivering also from the Chelsea Farmers Market - on whose menu, apparently, we could recognise the splendid food we have received.
Yeah, I spoiled it and ruined the surprise. Being Italian, I was turning up my nose at looking at the Italian dishes - thinking, you know, I can do that by myself at home, after all - well, I couldn’t be more wrong. That was very, very, very good cuisine.
So we started with Japan. The Queen of the night was also the very first entrée: the ‘Tokyo’ sushi cupcake. A perfect mix of extremely fresh tuna tartare, layered with avocado and edamame, and topped with crispy spring onions - all held together by a nori weed. We enjoyed this a lot. But then, next, there was the gyoza.
A cold plate like the cupcake, we thought, is maybe easy to keep fresh even when delivered, but what about dishes that are supposed to be eaten hot? We warmed the gyoza up in our oven and the answer to the above question is: yes, they can be amazing - which means that if some dough is cooked in a smart way, you won’t risk to ruin it when you need to warm it up. And it looks like people at Sushi Cupcake know what they're doing.
After the gyoza, it was time for the two (massively generous in size) Italian mains. A very good lasagna, and a dish that literally blew my mind: a short pasta from Gragnano (a town in Southern Italy famous for their pasta, fizzy wine and panini) with a sauce made of truffle and burrata cream. We were taking very long breaks in between courses and I am not overstating when I am saying that the fantastic flavour of this dish accompanied me all the way long to the dessert. Maybe, it was because of a random but perfect pairing with a very strong red wine, but believe me, you WANT to try this.
Finally, we finished our lovely dinner with two desserts, one per country. A delicate variation on a tiramisu, with Matcha tea (one of the softest and best tiramisu I have ever tried in London) and a delicious Matcha mochi.
On top of the high rate of this review due to their tasty and succulent cuisine, I reckon it’s worth noting also the ethical approach Sushi Cupcake has to serve food. All the boxes, where the food was delivered, are not only pleasantly designed but also fully compostable - as the writing on them says: “Made from Plants (even the window)". Chapeau!
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