Interview with Myra from Sushi + MoreTuesday, July 28th, 2015
If you’ve had the opportunity to try out the food at Sushi + More, then the chances are you’ve experienced the striking flavours of Chef Myra’s sushi, tempura and gyoza — widely regarded amongst the finest in the region.
What’s the secret behind these delicate creations? Where does Sushi + More’s mastermind find her culinary inspiration? We sit down with the head sushi chef Myra to find out more about one of the newest restaurant on Dorchester’s High Street.
What is the history behind Sushi + More, and what made you want to open up a restaurant here in Dorchester?
For the last four years Sushi and More have established an excellent reputation for high quality Sushi food at food fairs throughout the Country. Feedback from customers proved to be fantastic, however we were forever being asked when are you going to open a restaurant? Being based in Dorset, it was clear that we wanted a restaurant based here and what could be more ideal than being situated in the heart of the County, in its County Town, Dorchester. After some searching we discovered the ideal site, 20 High East Street, centrally situated, a short walk from the main shopping street, close to both County Hall and other large Offices, and on the main Dorchester through fair.
Has your restaurant been busy since you opened at the beginning of April in High East Street? Do you receive many take-away orders?
We are delighted to have been busy ever since we opened. The majority of customers eat in however we do a large amount of orders for food to go. We are popular for special occasions, for example special birthdays, family events and corporate meetings. Our food is freshly prepared and presented in such an eye catching manner can add that extra dimension to your special event.
What kind of feedback have you been getting from your customers?
It was a pleasant surprise to get so many 5 star TripAdvisor reviews so soon after opening. Our customers have been eager to tell us of their enjoyment of their meals here.
Do you think there is a growing popularity and appreciation for Japanese food in Dorset?
It has been clear from the number of customers that they is a real interest in Japanese food, we have seen this grow since starting do to food festivals throughout the county. When recently attending the Bridport Food festival we had a continual positive queue of customers from the start to the end of the day. We are pleased to be able to supply the enthusiastic cook with a wonderful array of authentic ingredients stocked in our deli available in the restaurant. Demand has been so great that we are soon to launch an online service.
Do you attend many trade shows and will you have a stand at any events in Dorchester later this year?
We are looking forward to attending a number of event around Dorset this year these include The Leigh (Near Sherborne) Food Festival, Buckham Fair, Gillingham and Shaftsbury Show, Melplash, Dorset County Show, Sturminster Newton Festival and the Pack Monday Fair in Sherbourne.
What excites you most about Dorchester’s culinary scene?
The culinary scene in Dorchester has in the last four years really grown, from “National Chains” to excellent locally based restaurants. Just look at the High street, which has a good number of restaurants serving a great range of cuisine. Daniel de Fore was right when he said “you might of well stay in Dorchester as any other town in England”
What is the secret behind your delicious food? Are you able to use many locally sourced ingredients
It is a blend between fresh quality ingredients, and the combination of textures, flavours and culinary skills that create our food. The smoked mackerel and trout are both sourced from local producers. We aim source ingredients as locally as possible.
Our Premium Sushi comprises of exciting ingredients that are rarely found out of London giving the customer a wonder authentic Japanese food experience, Tempura Prawns are very popular and the pumpkin croquettes are a great vegetarian option.
To reserve a table phone 01305 751859. Visit their website at www.assushiandmore.co.uk