Our favourites were the wasabi prawns, nasudengaku, tuna tataki and sirloin beef. The wasabi prawns (£5.50) arrived looking like little crustacean lolly pops, perched on skewers set in a board. Sure it was gimmicky and cutesy, but the tempura batter was light and crisp, the prawns meaty and the wasabi gave an addictive kick. Nasudengaku (£5.50) was a great version of this staple Japanese dish of miso topped aubergine with the slow cooked aubergine tasting silky and sweet. Tuna tataki (£12.50) was crisp and pale on the outside with a blood red interior served with a shot glass of sour ponzu sauce with a citrus tang. Sirloin beef wrapped in golden mushroom (£12.50) was nigh on perfect and encaspulated all that is good about Sushi Ga Ga. Thin slices of sirloin beef were wrapped around sprouting mushrooms and teamed with a miso paste. The beef was tender and cooked to a pale pink while the mushrooms and miso were the perfect foil to the meat.
In contrast the selection of salmon and tuna nigri sushi that we tried were a little lacking in bounce and brightness, not bad but forgettable. For a sushi restaurant that is not really good enough. I would also suggest avoiding the crispy duck rolls (£4.50) which were too much crispy, fried skin and not enough duck.
If you ignore the name and the strange sunken tatami seating and glass table set up and order wisely you can eat pretty well at Sushi Ga Ga. It needs to lift its game on its sushi but otherwise the food I tried was not bad. What’s more it is a restaurant that is confident and proud enough of what it is offering not to turn people away just because it cops a bit of mixed press.
Details: 16 Lisle street, Soho WC2H 7BE (Ph 020 7287 6606) Tube: Oxford Circus
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Sushi Ga Ga