Lunch at Jushi
Nestled between trendy independent bars, florists and hairdressers in the ‘cultural quarter’ of Westport, Jushi is where juice meets sushi in Dundee. It’s also where dreams come true for owner Sasha who gave up a job he hated to set up this sparky venture. Together with Japanese super chef Mai, who was busy behind the counter on my visit, he has filled a gaping hole in the city’s market. I watched in wonder as Mai whipped up cucumber hosomaki, aubergine nigiri, asparagus, cucumber, tofu and red ginger futomaki and all manner of other creations. I opted for some of the above, along with avocado, tuna and salmon options, and a freshly made fruit juice which blended strawberries with kale, pineapple and replaced sorbet for orange juice. I chose individual sushi, though the less expensive option is to pick up a pre-made box. The juice board offers even more variety, with a mango tango, blueberry blast, beeting heart (starring beetroot) and green light (avocado and fruits) among many more chalked on the blackboard.
Sitting on a wall outside (there’s no seating area), I sampled my delicious goodies. The rice was soft, fish beautifully fresh, ingredients like shiitake mushroom and creamy avocado perfectly blended. I’ve heard locals say they can’t pass Jushi without popping in. Now, I’m one of them.
Words: Martel Maxwell
Jushi, 40 Westport, Dundee, DD1 5ER, Tel: 01382 205830, www.jushi.co.uk