Years ago, when sushi first hit Cairo, we were sceptical about the Japanese classic becoming popular among Cairenes. But it was only a matter of time before Egyptians embraced it, to finally become one of the city’s all-time-favourite delicacies.
A sushi fan will understand that it all starts with fresh ingredients, especially when it comes to fish and seafood items; freshness is the key – it makes or breaks it. And that happens to be Chef Raul Castro’s very first sushi lesson, which he applies on every sushi piece delivered to a table at InterContinental Semiramis’ Sushiramis.
A regular of Sushiramis will easily recognise Castro with his vivacious, warm spirit, mingling with the crowd of diners; chatting with this group, connecting with that couple.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Castro’s first master was his mother; a local-food street vendor, whose motto was ‘When you make something, make it in the best quality’. Castro grew up to find himself drawn towards the Japanese cuisine and sushi making, whose magical world, Castro noticed as he worked in various hotel kitchens, was exclusive to highly-skilled chefs.
“Why Not Me?” A question that has been followed with years of training under the leadership of some of the best sushi masters, learning various techniques, in addition to a trail of authentic recipes, with which he managed to capture Cairene hearts at InterContinental Semiramis’ Night & Day.
But the famous sushi station at Night & Day’s open buffet was just the beginning. At Sushiramis, Castro handpicks the freshest ingredients; relying on local sea bass for sashimi, in addition to a range of imported items used in other creations, coming from Scotland, Thailand, and Vietnam. Speaking of creations, some of Castro’s signature classics include the salmon tempura; the best-seller that comprises smoked salmon, avocado, and spicy shrimp tempura.
Mouth-watering, isn’t it? Sushiramis hosts a special all-you-can-eat sushi maki for an all-inclusive EGP 380++ per person. You can also try out the restaurant’s latest addition to the family, Bento, at the price of EGP 330.
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