YOU know the dilemma...you want to treat yourself on a Saturday night but you’re also trying to watch your health.
The DVDs are collected and ready to watch but a takeaway dinner involves either a naughty Chinese, a naughtier pizza or a calorie colossus of balti badness.
Luckily while parking on Campo Lane one day we noticed blowing gently in the breeze a bunch of takeaway menus outside Sakushi, an independent Japanese restaurant serving sushi, noodles and bento boxes.
Having eaten there before we knew the food was good. Not everything from the eat-in menu is available but the majority of what you see on the conveyor belt is and when ordered online is discounted, some of it significantly so.
Sakushi offers what you might expect and a few extras, the extensive menu ranging from the rice and seaweed-wrapped sushi rolls that have become popular to marinated Jnari tofu parcels and Don-Buri rice bowls with a choice of toppings.
We opted for largely uncooked dishes such as the rice-coated Ura Maki, a little taste bomb of spicy tuna, spring onion, asparagus and chilli sauce inside shichimi, and Ebi Nigiri of sushi rice topped with boiled prawn. A tasty serving of Tekka Maki came as four pieces of tuna and sushi rice wrapped in nori seaweed.
Our warm side was Gyoza, five steamed dumplings with seafood and vegetable filling and a delicate sauce. A chicken teriyaki roll (more Ura Maki) provided a nice contrast to the fish elements while still having a clean taste thanks to its salad and mayo. Three mini Ura Maki had a gorgeous texture thanks to the salmon and avocado filling being coated in seaweed, white sesame seed and tobiko roe.
At £19.45 we got a colourful bag of goodies that included chop sticks, ginger and wasabi mustard, but be warned, this healthy stuff doesn’t always fill you up. So if a bulging belly is aspired you may want to add noodles – they have good Ramen (in soup) and Yaki (soba or udon style in sauce) - to your order.
Venue: Sakushi, 27 Campo Lane, Sheffield S1 2EG. Tel: 0114 2737 399 Opening times: Seven days, Noon-11pm (10.30pm on Sunday). Parking: On street. Atmosphere: trendy but friendly. Service: Polite, efficient. Delivery: After 5pm - maximum £2 charge depending on postcode (free on orders over £20). Range of menu: Extensive with plenty of exciting options. Waiting time: 25 minutes (Saturday night) How did it taste? Clean, healthy, exotic. Verdict: Good on the eye and the tummy.