Sushi Ya: All You Can Eat Sushi at the Sonesta Hotel
5pm - midnight -
Anne de Groot
something suspiciously addictive about sushi that makes us wonder if it
contains some natural drug. Once you get the sushi bug, it is hard to get rid
of it and we imagine that sushi rehab centres will pop up around town pretty
soon. As sushi addicts ourselves, we get overexcited about all-you-can-eat sushi,
which we decided to sample at restaurant Sushi Ya in the Sonesta Hotel, Tower
and Casino in Nasr City.
is secluded from the hotel entrance, so you won’t feel like you’re eating in
a lobby while other people’s luggage is being dragged past you. The interior of
Sushi Ya is modern with red and black colours dominating the place and some
subtle Japanese accents like texts on the lamps. The coolest elements are the
large elephant-shaped lamps.
you can eat offer for 120LE is only available at on Tuesday, Thursday
and Sunday. The rest of the week, an a-la-carte menu is provided. To give you a
price indication, portions of six California rolls cost 48LE, cucumber maki cost
16LE and shrimp sashimi costs 35LE. Sushi Ya is one of the few places in Cairo
that serve omelette sushi, and 11LE gets you two pieces.
you get started, you receive a very funky looking glass plate with a bowl
inside for the soy sauce and a notch for your wooden chopsticks. The sushi is
presented on another glass scale and arrives in very generous portions. At
least 50 pieces are displayed on the plate, including nigiri sushi, maki rolls,
oishi cubes and California rolls.
sushi was fresh and tasty, which is a nice surprise given our doubts about
hotel sushi restaurants. While the sushi
pieces were small compared to other restaurants’, Sushi Ya is quite
generous in offering a variety of sushi instead of sticking to the basic, cheap
vegetable based sushi for an all-you-can-eat deal.
was very quick and friendly;we received our platter of sushi within ten
minutes of ordering. The only downsides were that we didn’t receive sashimi on
our platter, and that our orders of beer (29LE) were served in cans. However, glasses
of Grand Marquis (48LE) were very generously filled.
Ya’s all-you-can-eat is a good deal for the fresh quality of sushi and the
generous portions. However, for those that aren’t near by, the trek out to Nasr City may be quite far; but there are sacrifices you need to make in the name of sushi.