Located in a slightly dingy row of shops just past Angel tube station, Sa Sa Sushi is more appealing on the inside than out. The cool, cream interior and friendly service create a relaxed and accessible atmosphere.
Customers include families with kids who are cooed over by the staff. Yet while the service is attentive, from cheery welcomes to constant tea top-ups, the food can be hit or miss.
Mixed sashimi salad contained a pleasing selection of fresh-tasting fish with an earthy sesame dressing; thin slivers of pink-edged radish and shredded carrot enhanced the dish’s appearance.
Scallop butter-yaki, on the other hand, was a disaster. The puddle of strong, salty brown sauce in which the shellfish swam added nothing to their overcooked flesh. A tuna maki was also of mixed quality. The fish had a lovely, silky texture and plenty of flavour, but the roll was bursting at the seams with its contents spilling out.
Judging by previous visits, and the high quality of the fish that the kitchen uses, this was not Sa Sa Sushi at its best.