I'll be honest, it's not much to look at - it's small (about 25 seats), it's simply decorated and if you dine in, the vistas are hardly stunning (an Iceland supermarket and a betting shop) BUT you will receive a warm welcome and once you pick something from the extensive menu you will see why I keep going back.
The sushi menu is split by type - maki, rolls, nigiri, hand rolls, sashimi and gunkan. There are many choices for fillings for each type including lots of different veggies (avocado, cucumber, daikon, asparagus), seafood (tuna, eel, prawns, salmon, soft shell crab to name a few) and meat (chicken, crispy duck, beef). I have yet to delve into the actual sushi properly but have tried a few and highly recommend the crispy duck rolls!
I tend to order the same things (I promise I'll try something new next time!) so started with my usual edamame. Not the most glam dish, I know, but perfectly seasoned and the beans were tender and ready to pop in my mouth.
If you know me, you will know that I'm a big fan of seaweed. Not the "seaweed" you get from a Chinese restaurant (i.e. deep fried cabbage) but actual seaweed so it was great to see it on the menu at Sushi Manga. I've made seaweed salad at home before and this had a similar flavour - sesame oil, sesame seeds and I *think* a little soy sauce.
You might also know that I'm in love with gyoza so naturally I had to order some. The pan fried gyoza are so crispy and the sauce is to die for - tart and salty with a hint of spice. I usually have the vegetable gyoza but the chicken and duck ones are just as tasty!
Final course - tofu katsu! There's also chicken, prawn or pumpkin katsu available but I really like the silky texture of the tofu surrounded by crispy golden breadcrumbs. It comes on a bed of fluffy sushi rice and, of course, a rich katsu curry sauce. LOTS of curry sauce. If you like the katsu sauce from Wagamama, I insist you try the sauce at Sushi Manga as it's just as good, if not better!
Sushi Manga do deliver however I've not had any orders delivered because it's a two minute walk from my house and a lot of the reviews I've seen online have said that delivery can take a while. I'd definitely recommend ordering a takeaway from them but if you have a craving for sushi on a rugby match day and want to dine in, get there early as it gets packed! They also do sushi boxes (from 6 pieces to a 72 piece sharing box) so keep them in mind if you're having a party or just want to gorge yourself on sushi!
Oh and by the way, they've just started a loyalty card! Get in!
Edamame - £2.00
Seaweed salad - £2.00
Vegetable gyoza - £4.30
Tofu katsu - £6.50
15 High Street
0208 893 8057
*I paid for my food in full and had not been asked to review Shushi Manga but my opinions of the place are all mine and entirely entirely true!