If you’re a sushi lover then you’ll live for Izanagi because their food is amazing. The Japanese restaurant, which is located at 19B Idejo St, Victoria Island, Lagos is open from Tuesday to Sunday.
I arrived at about 6:30 pm and, upon entry, I was particularly drawn to the window street view, a spot which I call the writer’s corner. Unfortunately, the table was reserved so I sat at the sushi bar, where I could watch the chefs work on my orders.
The menu, which was neatly presented on an iPad, was a handful. The good news is, if you know your sushi well, then you’ll have no problem sorting through the menu. But if you’re like me and only remember basic sushi names like the standard California rolls and hand rolls, then you’ll definitely need some help from the waiters.
Lucky for me, they came to my rescue even before I uttered a word. Seeing as I hadn’t eaten sushi for about a year, I didn’t hold back on the ordering. In the process, I might have completely disregarded the prices because, by the time I was done, my wallet asked me sincere questions.
For starters …
This is definitely a safe option. You can really never go wrong with a hot bowl of edamame (beans) with some lightly sprinkled salt and some chilli spice for the extra kick. It was also really great having something to snack on while I waited for the main meal to arrive with a glass of white Antares chardonnay wine.
For the mains…
Out of curiosity, I tried out the plantain maki. The combo was made up of tuna, cream cheese, plantain, unagi sauce, and chive. The meal came in a pack of three and it was spicier than I had imagined and really moist with a slightly creamy texture.
Tempura is always a good idea. I don’t think I have ever had a bad tempura experience because it’s usually made of shrimp. This was a crunchy tempura trio with cucumber, mayo and iceberg lettuce. I found that it was a bit dry, so I had to soak it in more soy sauce than usual.
This is definitely one of their more expensive selections, which had a raw, fresh, taste with a softer finish. The combo comes in a pack of four and it comprises of surimi (fish paste), fresh salmon, tobiko (fish eggs) and togarashi (chilli pepper). This is one of my favourites, due to the explosion of different flavours and textures.
Crispy, spicy salmon
This crispy salmon hand roll, which comes by itself, is made up of spicy salmon, tempura crisp and mayo. I could taste the fish a lot more, which I really liked. It wasn’t as spicy as I had imagined and I would suggest eating this first as it’s quite filling.
Overall, it was a lovely experience! I loved how attentive the staff was and the food didn’t disappoint. I can foresee getting some takeout on the way home next time; I would probably try out their fried rice or stir fry noodles.
Plantain maki- N3000
Tempura maki N3100
Crispy spicy salmon – N3300
Darling roll- N6500
Review Of Izanagi Sushi Spot
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