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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Wasabi's Sushi & Lounge - Thames 1810, Palermo / Kaizen - Guatemala 4665, Palermo

Sushi. Delivered to your door. Within half an hour. What could be more civilised? And why is this not a common thing, even a religion, on the wee isles of the United Kingdom, as it is here in Buenos Aires? 

Following in the footsteps of all the world's most cosmopolitan cities, sushi has been popular in BsAs for a while. I distinctly remember on my first visit in 2008, revelling in the knowledge that I could have delicious and copious quantities of sushi and sashimi for around £10 in a restaurant. Not any more. Now you'll be hard pushed to find anything decent for double that, but I won't bore you with the usual Argentine inflation anecdotes and witticisms*. Short of foregoing sushi completely, the best option is having it delivered, if not for the saving on drinks, tips and so on, then for the sublime convenience.

Log on to and you have entered the realms of abundant choice. Several clicks later and you have selected your food establishment, the dishes you want, entered your address and contact details and are waiting with a confirmation email sitting in your inbox and hungry anticipation in your heart (and stomach).

My first experience of sushi delivery is with Wasabi's. The salmon on the niguiri has a slightly odd, almost floury texture, but the kanikama and avocado maki is perfect. Accompanied by several doses of Mad Men with my housemates - it is my initiation into the programme having, much to my housemates' dismay, never watched it before - we savour the fresh sushi. Our only complaint is the insufficiently mean blob of wasabi, but fortunately we have a supplementary hoard in our fridge. 

The next time, I have a severe sushi craving on an absurdly humid Monday where the thought of cooking is beyond inconceivable. This time we choose Kaizen who offer a 20% discount on Mondays and the salmon and avocado maki is nothing short of delicious.

When it comes to sushi I am a purist, rarely choosing anything other than fish or seafood, maybe a sliver of avocado or cucumber. For the less conservative sushi consumer the options are plentiful here in BsAs with the addition of subversive ingredients such as mango, sun-dried tomato, coconut milk or rocket. Either way, knowing that fresh sushi is readily available and wonderfully convenient makes a nice respite from the omnipresent empanadas and pizzas.

* I was however amused to recently find out that the price of Big Macs in Argentina are kept artificially low to make the Big Mac Index look favourable in an attempt to cover up the government's shameless and blatant lies about the extent of inflation (they say 8%, unofficial sources - and common sense - say 25%). Hilariously enough, if you go to any McDonalds you will find that Big Macs are not listed, you have to surreptitiously order 'off-menu' if you want one.

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