A friend and I dined at Oishii yesterday evening. Between us we ordered the Oishii Special Tempura which was a platter of vegetable and prawn tempura; very lovely, came out steaming hot, crisp, light as a feather batter golden in colour. Also, Fried to perfection so there was neither soggy or overfried batter in sight or taste.
We also ordered the Salmon Nigiri and the Mackerel Nigiri. Both were just fine, generous strips of Salmon, not too fatty, the rice delicately seasoned with vinegar and cooked just right. The Mackerel was decent also; not too rich but that served at Yoshino is far tastier.
We continued with spicy tuna handrolls and prawn tempura handrolls. The tuna was nicely seasoned if not a little lacking in quantity irrespective of the filing of a maki roll being conventionally a little more meagre; there could and should have been more tuna. It also featured little beads of fish eggs which was a nice touch. The prawn tempura sushi was surprisingly far tastier than I had expected. Again the texture of the rice was good, the tempura within nice and warm, spiced nicely. 2 of the 6 featured a large prawn cascading from the roll which was a nice touch.
My friend had the chicken gyoza fried dumplings which she was very pleased with and were some of the nicest that I had seen. Plump, fried just so that they remained moist.
We also had a side of the Vietnamese Peanut Salad. Seasonings were tasty and the salad leaves were fresh but there was rather too much cucumber for my liking.
The food was very good and the prices decent; our bill came to £42 and we had drinks - freshly suqeezed juice and an ice tea.
The decor within isn't particularly attractive, so I would regard this as a casual eatery. Food came on time. My major gripe is that the staff are a little too curt and eager to whip the plate from under your nose as if they want you out as quickly as possible - and the place was near empty, very off putting. This was very off-outting and would make me reconsider before going back.
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