SUSHI withdrawal has but one cure – piles and piles of maki.
And it just so happens that right around the corner from my better half’s workplace is Oryza.
Katy and I ordered the raw salmon maki (£3.50), California roll with fish roe (£3.90), edamame beans (£2.60), herb rice ball in seaweed (£1.95) and a special lemon drop roll (£4.99). This was all prepared in front of our eyes leaving us salivating.
Teamed with lots of wasabi and soy sauce, the eight pieces of raw salmon maki were fresh and subtle, while the massive pile of multicoloured fish roe dominated the flavour of each of the eight California roll pieces.
The takeaway tub stuffed full of the lightly salted edamame beans was devoured as these healthy snacks are incredibly moreish.
We split the two large rice balls, which were actually triangles.
With nori pieces throughout the rice and a salad cream-like sauce in the centre, these riceballs were flavourful on their own or teamed with a sushi piece.
The piece de resistance for both Katy and I was the lemon drop roll.
These maki had chunky pieces of pepper, crab and cucumber.
And the delicious thin layer of smoked salmon on top made each piece filling and delicious.
Katy opted out of the curious looking Japanese mochi cake (£2.60), that we got for dessert but even a tummy stuffed full of rice couldn’t stop me.
The two little pieces looked like jellies but tasted like firmer, rose-flavoured, marshmallow.
Trying these reminded me why I love trying new things - you just can’t predict the taste and the consistency from sight.
For £19.84 our sushi needs were met and then some.