Spotted this place a few weeks ago and stuck my head in to have a look. From the outside it looked closed, but there was a menu in the window that had interestingly well priced sushi on it, and once in I could see it all in the display fridge - and it looked delicious. Well presented, decently sized pieces, uniformly laid out. I got to have a chat with the lady proprietor, who explained that the place had only just opened and she wasn't sure how busy it was going to be. Hence the small amount of food on display - she knew the tray sets would be most popular and so made what she knew would sell, there was only her there, food was was made fresh and once gone, it was gone. There were some canned soft drinks and packets of crisps too - incongruous, but hey it's Preston. Everyone has to tailor to their clientele right?
Returned a couple of weeks later to actually sample, and found that a few more tables had been added, and there were two other staff members on hand. We opted to sit at the only table outside, and a table and chairs were carried out for the couple next in the queue. We ordered at the counter and were served by the owner before sitting, and bearing in mind our last conversation we chose from the items that were on display. As a result we got our food instantly, while the other couple ordered from the menu and had to wait a little longer - somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes - while it was made.
We had a medium tray (8 piece - 4 meat/fish and 4 veg of choice) at £4.00 and a large tray (11 pieces - 7 meat/fish and 4 veg again of choice) at £5.50, the child had a little of ours and opted for an additional bag of hula hoops and a fizzy Vimto. Eye roll. For those squeamish about food, the meat/fish choices were chicken, duck, cooked salmon, something else cooked (can't remember what now) -and only one of 'raw' salmon, some with fresh bits of veg such as avocado/cucumber. As I said before, very sensibly tailored - sushi for the tentative and all at extremely welcoming, reasonable prices.
The sushi itself was as just as good as it looked. It came to the table on plates, and we each had a plate with wasabi, pickled ginger (nice and strong, yum) with a little jug of soy sauce. We were offered chopsticks or forks and the boy was given a plate of his own for sharing. While we were eating, a queue of four different groups quickly formed, filling the place up- not difficult as the place is tiny. There seemed to be a bit of a wait as things were ordered from the menu, and we watched as the staff fetched more food from elsewhere in the building back to the counter to make fresh, and all still smiling. No one seemed to be too fussed about it, which is good- if I had ordered lots from the menu I wouldn't expect it all to be ready instantly. Just bear this in mind if you are hoping to grab food in a hurry.
All these customers ordered food to takeaway, not sure if this is because there were only two tables left inside and it was a really nice day, nevertheless great to see this place have so much custom for such a small, new sushi place slightly off the main st. Once you see this place you will see why I've given it 4 rather than 5... And there are no toilets for customers. That said M&S was fine for us! We will definitely be back for more. Since discovered they have a Facebook page where you can see the menu and some photos of specials - we didn't spot these on our visit otherwise we would have tried them. Also we realised there are printed menus available to take, and they have a phone number on- next time we might ring ahead with a massive order. Yum.