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Shunka

21 Sep

I had several doubts about the quality of the sushi in my hometown for the next few months, Barcelona, Spain. Having grown up in New York City, I have been privileged (and spoiled) to have experienced some of the freshest (and priciest) sushi in the world. In my first few weeks here, I have been rather surprised at the high quality of some of the restaurants I have visited for sushi. Most of my visits were the result of recommendations from friends, the popular website TripAdvisor, and further research on the internet. The first place I will write about in Barcelona is Shunka.

Place: Shunka

Address: Carrer Sagristans, 5

Meal Eaten: Weekend Lunch

Background: I chose to dine at Shunka based on its number one rating for sushi restaurants in Barcelona on TripAdvisor.com. People commended the freshness of the fish and commented that the restaurant was always crowded, good indicators of the restaurant´s quality.

Setting: Shunka is located on a sidestreet behind the Cathedral, and does not grab the attention of pedestrians. The entrance is non-descript, and the inside is decorated with the traditional sushi bar and several wooden tables, located in a few different rooms. Nothing fancy about the place, but it was pretty full on an off-peak hour for lunch and the reservation book was already full for that night.

Food/Price: I wanted to try a wide variety of sushi, so my friend and I ordered two different sushi options to share: the Chef´s Choice (21 euros) and the Assortment of Sushi (19 euros). The latter option consisted of a traditional spread of sushi pieces: tuna, salmon, shrimp, whitefish, and eel with a split salmon and tuna roll. The Chef´s Choice (see picture) confirmed the reviews that I had read about the restaurant´s authenticity: there were several different types of shrimp, including a cooked shrimp head, as well as a few pieces considered to be of a high value: scallop, salmon roe, and fatty tuna. This dish is not for the sushi amateur – the taste of the fish was undoubtedly fresh and authentic, but only for the experienced palate. The various tastes melted gently in the mouth, and the ratio of fish to rice on each piece was perfect. The portions were also rather small (5 pieces of sushi and a few roll pieces). As a sidenote, the non-sushi dishes that we ordered, most notably the Udon Soup, were equally delicious.

Bottom Line:  Shunka is a must-try authentic restaurant for sushi-lovers, with a well-deserved reputation of having some of the freshest fish in Barcelona. Based on the quality and price of the fish, it will best suit those craving a small yet delectable meal, and not those hoping to come out feeling stuffed.

Additional Note: Shunka recently opened a sister restaurant, Koy Shunka, which has also received excellent reviews. This establishment focuses on a wider variety of Japanese non-sushi dishes, and the ambiance is slightly more upscale. There is a set menu available, though it is quite pricey (72 euros).

Ratings (Out of 10):

Food: 8.5

Ambiance: 7.25

Cost of Meal for One Person: 35 euros

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