You think of sushi and you think of Japan. After all, this addictive stuff was invented there as far back as the 8th century. Today it’s eaten around the world, particularly in cities with a large Japanese population and easy access to fresh ingredients. If you do a little digging, though, you’ll find that some of the best restaurants serving up sashimi, nigiri and those moreish little maki rolls can be found in the most unexpected of locations.
Four Seasons, Addis Ababa
The Ethiopian capital has long been known as a place of culture and history; a sprawling, bustling and ever-changing city that welcomes travelers of every description. And if the reviews are to be believed, Addis Ababa is also home to one of the finest sushi restaurants on the continent. Four Seasons boasts a mixture of Asian cuisines, with a particular focus on Thai and Japanese. Highlights include an outdoor seating area and the option for delivery, which means you can even enjoy their sushi rolls from the comfort of your hotel room.
South America is known for its hearty meat-based cuisine, and Colombia is no exception. Head to the capital city of Bogota and you’ll find fried plantain, grilled steak served with beans and rice, and rich potato soups. Make time for a visit to Wok, though, and you can also treat yourself to some of the best sushi in South America. Wok is notable for its wide variety of Asian foods, laid back ambience, and subtle Colombian take on some of the classics. If you do pay them a visit, just make sure you try the tuna and spicy mayo tataki maki – we’ve heard it’s a real winner.
Onami, Tel Aviv
Anyone who has visited Israel will know that it makes for a fascinating holiday destination. Though currently marred by ongoing political conflicts, it’s a country of undeniable beauty, boasting stunning natural landscapes, ancient sacred sites, and some jaw-dropping cuisine. Best of all, sushi nuts traveling through the country can scratch their itch at the wonderful Onami restaurant in Tel Aviv. Widely considered to be the finest Japanese restaurant in the whole country, Onami is famed for its large menu and specialty items such as its agedashi tofu, where the tofu is fried and served with sweet soy sauce.
Megu, New Delhi
For a truly luxurious and world-class sushi experience, you’ll want to pack your suitcase and book a flight to the Indian capital of New Delhi. Here you’ll find the Leela Palace, a grandiose 5-star hotel famed for its high-end dining. The hotel offers six separate eateries, but Megu is the place-to-be if you’re seeking authentic sushi in a modern and luxurious setting. Signature dishes include the crispy asparagus and salmon tartare, but they also offer an excellent selection of sushi and sashimi, as well as vegetarian options and – the one we’re all keen to try – their house specialty: "Pizza Sushi".
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