Groupon – for those who aren’t familiar – is the group buying website offering members discounts of up to 90% on items ranging from beauty treatments to cooking classes. When Makiko Hime decided to boost attendance of the sushi cookery classes she teaches in her Japanese restaurant in Hammersmith – Suzu – little did she realise just how popular it would be. Five thousand, nine hundred and thirty two people took up the Two Hour Sushi Making Class with Plum Wine and Snacks for £19. A course that would normally set you back £48.30. I was one of the thousands to buy, and luckily for me, I got to do my class this week – she’s booked up with Groupon voucher holders until November!
I went along for my course on Tuesday, a small class of just 8. Plum wine for those who wanted it or soft drinks to start, along with a plate of wasabi peas. A nice touch before the class began. Makiko arrived with a large wooden bowl of ready-made sushi rice and began to tell us what we’d be making.
A cucumber Maki sushi – vinegared rice bound around cucumber slices with a seaweed wrapping. The other sushi we would make was salmon Nigiri Sushi – vinegared rice with a topping of fresh salmon. The third and final sushi we were to make was Suzu special rolls – inside out, thicker rolls with avocado and salmon. Makiko comes from Tokyo where the sushi is square but she showed us how to make the rolls round.
She even gives you a rolling mat and takeaway boxes for the sushi along with a recipe to make the rice.
I had a really enjoyable afternoon – with top tips about where to buy the best sushi-grade fish in London -Atari-Ya Foods and why it’s best to eat in sushi restaurants in the last half of the week. Makiko runs her restaurant, does outside catering and teaches other courses. I think she could be avoiding Groupon deals for a while but I’d pay full price to learn another skill here.
I’ve not eaten here but Makiko is passionate about the food she prepares and I’ll be back to try out some of the food from hand rolls to sashimi platters, Japanese curries to rice dishes. I’ll report back.
Suzu Japanese Pub
170-172 Hammersmith Road W6 7JP
0208 741 1101