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Feng Sushi (Restaurant)

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218 Fulham Road, Fulham, London, SW10 9NB
Cuisine: Japanese
Tel: 020 7795 1900 | Email to Feng Sushi | Transport: West Brompton | Write review

Feng Sushi Review

Best for: back-from-work quick sushi fix; fresh fish; and minimalistic approach.

Great: for meeting people in small places.

I am back from work, and, as usual, I’m tired, moody and absolutely starved. Normally I’d jump on the couch, mumble a couple of words and go for comfort food - typically pasta and glass of Pinot – but I then remember that tonight is sushi night!

I think sushi will add some spark to my night. I need to feel adventurous to the point of eating some raw fish with a tangy note. Is eating fish adventurous enough after a day of long meetings discussing efficiency and motivation? Is fish motivating? The far Eastern connotation makes me feel like I’m losing attachment to the very common corporate lingo which has “sparkled” my day up till now.

Driving back and forth, I simply cannot see the restaurant. Oh yes, this is adventurous: the chase of a London Japanese restaurant, driving in a Nissan Micra in the middle of the Fulham Road! Finding blame in everything is my strength. On this occasion, it’s the fault of the boring, two-hour meeting I had earlier (truth be told, the small restaurant is just difficult to spot).

Had I been out on a date I would have found it perfect; specifically one of those dates for getting closer to a sweetheart. The restaurant is compact; a date, then, but definitely not a proposal. No candlelight, large chairs or soft lighting, just benches and stools. Maybe it’s not about a date; maybe I think it’s still about my workday, where we also discussed posture and ergonomic chairs as tools to impact productivity.

I am not a fan of the IKEA style and the simple furnishings of polished birch veneer wood remind me a bit of the Swedish outlet. The walls of the darkest flowered violet/plum make it even more so, but they do match my dress: pure black office attire, sigh.

I’d prefer a seat by the window on the multi-coloured cushions but the friendly waiter suggests the more austere benches by the fish tank. Is this the best way to eat fish, whilst staring at colourful little cousins? I oblige.

The Edemame and the Miso soup are staring at me, ready to ease my otherwise grumpy evening. I am happily surprised by the chilli taste, which I need to jump-start my less than aware brain.

A real touch of Far East arrives in the form of jasmine tea. In pure childish relapse, I squirm a bit with joy. I would have preferred the tea served in more traditional cups than Coca-Cola style glasses, but they do say that I’m a bit of a traditionalist.

I’m thirsty so order some cocktails: Lychee Martini, and Japanese Bullet. Luckily, I don’t want to get drunk, it would have taken ages, but the taste is once again fiery, which is what I am really looking for. I’m not tired any longer. The tea and the cocktails are relaxing me. Should I suggest Japanese culinary classes at work to improve staff productivity? An idea, certainly, and something that is offered at Feng Sushi.

The food appears. I don’t know why I’ve always thought Japanese portions to be small. I must have dreamt of it during my boring meeting, but here my perception is proved wrong. The food is abundant, and thank the Gods for that, since I’m really in need of some serious calorie loading.

We sample pretty much everything. A really satisfying eating experience; one of those that makes you leave the table thinking you’ll need to jog at least 5 miles the following morning. I’m definitely back in shape if I am thinking of jogging off my nigiri, fillets of salmon, tuna and yellow tail sashimi. The most delicious bite is the sashimi: delicate and tender to the point of melting in the mouth.

I look around; the place is subdued, subtle and modest. It’s the ideal place for the kind of people we are tonight: tired and wanting to dine quietly, not completely capable of articulating complex sentences, listening to music, or worse, listening other people’s remarks.

I need dessert: the classical sugar remedy to forget about ROI and staff motivation. They have gelato – I’m not sure if it’s typical of Japanese culinary tradition - and my favourite is black sesame ice cream. I am always a little bit happier after I have an ice cream. I have another incredible idea: gelato would definitely motivate me at work and keep me time managed and deadline orientated.

The manager kindly suggests we try the chocolate mocha, and incapable of turning down anything containing chocolate, I accept. This is more of a chocolate bombe with chewy marshmallow. Again, I’m not entirely sure if this is typical of Japanese gastronomic tradition or more of Californian descent, but once again it makes me forget about my heavy day, without even an ounce of guilt: just fabulous!

The staff are always available and right on the spot with suggestions and ideas. My impression is that they must be really motivated. I will need to talk to the manager about that. Is this dinner or am I working without even noticing? If that’s the case, I’ll have to come back whenever I need inspiration for my productivity and motivation meetings.

Back in my car, I feel I’ve brushed off my moodiness and tiredness and even learnt many things, which I’ll definitely talk about tomorrow at work. It is strange: “Sushi for tired employees”, could that be the title of my next book?
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“Too small. Sushi very good. Would have preferred Japanese dessert.”
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