Food Review – Makoto Sushi, Zurich

When the office cafeteria was closed for Knabenschiessen, a few of us took the opportunity to enjoy some sushi from a restaurant near the office. Makoto is in a slightly strange location, housed in a building mainly occupied by a printing company as well as a web design firm. Inside is pretty cosy, with space for around 20 diners but when we went in, the place was almost full.

Makoto Sushi Zurich

Straight away you see the sushi chef working away in full view of everyone so it is clear that this is not an operation based around unwrapping anything prepackaged. Everything is prepared fresh. I apologise if I repeat myself about the size of the restaurant, but for its small stature, the quality of the sushi served at Makoto

is absolutely fantastic.They have a wide and varied menu including Japanese staples like miso soup and a great range of fish, vegetable and rice sushi.I went for the Executive menu which gave me a miso soup (or salad), 2 Nigiri, 4 Sashimi, 4 Maki and 4 Inside Out for 32.50 CHF.

I took a Coke Zero to drink. Perhaps not the traditional Japanese choice to accompany sushi but it was served how it should be – from a chilled glass bottle, with ice. It's a small detail but this is the thing about Makoto. Everything is as it should be.The miso soup was great, nice fresh greens amid a nicely flavoured broth with pieces of tofu. When my platter came, the first thing I noticed was that the wasabi paste and pickled ginger were beautifully fresh. Thewasabi gave a great initial kick then settled down while the ginger was not affected by any kind of plastic aftertaste. It left the palate clean and gave that nice clarifying sensation. The presentation was simple with the different types of sushi presented separately on a large white plate with a simple dressing. The taste was a revelation, every mouthful was a delight. No fishy taste, no overly strong flavours. Just delicious, clean-tasting sushi. I was especially impressed by the warm Inside Out which I had never had before. It was delicious and stayed warm throughout my meal. There is nothing pretentious about Makoto. What they save on rent goes towards better quality ingredients. It seems an honest business and I consider it a real find. Highly Recommended.

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