Asda is the home of ‘cheap deals’ and they also commit to a best price guarantee. The only guarantee I felt when leaving my local Asda superstore was that I could have done a decent job myself at making the food that I bought.

I had heard about the new Sushi Daily counters inside Asda and came to realise they were only in ‘the big ones’. Social media was praising the move from Asda with some folk even labelling the sushi “world class”.

I trekked down to my local ‘big Asda’ to see what all the hype was about.

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The sushi counters, called Sushi Daily, promise to make fresh sushi each day for Asda customers and provide a fresh taste of Japanese cuisine ready for shoppers each morning.

The presentation of the Sushi Daily store looked perfect, not the food though

I went to my local store in Acton, West London, and my initial reaction was disappointment.

The first came in the form of their poor rolling technique. I don’t class myself as a top chef but on the odd occasion I have actually tried to roll sushi myself.

However, Asda’s attempts failed – miserably. Despite my poor cooking skills I could tell that much like me, Asda had failed in their attempts to master the craft of sushi rolling.

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One of the sushi packets that I picked up seemed like it had been through a tumble dryer, and as a result – it resembled a stir fry, not sushi.

Another off putting sign was the sauce and flakes that covered most of the sushi packs, disguising what was actually inside your box.

I think next time I make sushi I will try this technique as it’s very hard to gather how good the sushi looks and what’s actually in the roll, (without tedious reading through ingredients on the back of the pack).

The most impressive part of the meal was the taste, the presentation was disappointing

I decided to go for the vegetable rolls (£4.50), Gyoza dumplings (£3.50) and 6 Avocado Maki (£2.50).

I was happily surprised and all of them actually tasted good, but they didn’t look appealing and this was the biggest turn off. After the first few bites I tried to convince myself to look past the poor presentation and try to enjoy the flavour.

It was reasonably cheap compared to a lot of sushi places and the taste couldn’t really be criticised, but wouldn’t set the world alight.

The obvious lack of presentation skills and dreadful ability to roll up the sushi was hugely off-putting to me and ultimately something that just didn’t sit right.

The taste was good, but not enough to convince me that I couldn’t have made the sushi, presented it better, and most definitely got it cheaper, at home.

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