Nudo Sushi Box, Unit 2, 44 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5EJ – Visit Now
Fresh, healthy and fast – Nudo Sushi Box is our new lunchtime love.
The past eighteen months have seen Oxford Road start to become a more credible spot for food. From much-loved burrito joints Changos and Panchos and Italian cicchetti spot San Carlo Fumo at the top, down to Kukoos Lebanese street-food, there is plenty for the student population and local businesses alike to choose from when it comes to lunch hour.
Oxford Road’s newest addition is Nudo Sushi Box, which opened its doors in July. A slick sushi bar, the chain originated from Nudo Noodle House restaurant in Newcastle in 2009, where hearty comfort food was the order of the day. Today, it was seven chains across the UK. Six years on and the dining concept has evolved somewhat. The first branch to open outside of the North East, Nudo offers a range of sashimi selections, futomaki and nigri boxes, salads and sides (the seaweed salad is a must), as well as tempting bowls of steaming soup noodles.
It’s a perfect fit for local office workers eating al-desko
Open from 8am to 9.30pm most days, we’re pleasantly surprised to find that there are still plenty of people browsing when we visit at 7pm. The staff point us in the direction of a Salmon Sakura set, which is deliciously fresh and of a generous size. Everything is made fresh to order – and you can tell. The prices are reasonable too, with the larger boxes marked at around £5, smaller sets at £3, while the salads and ‘small eats’ start from around £2.
The food here has a clean taste (a refreshing change from the dirty food revolution synonymous with Manchester’s Northern Quarter). Nudo offers a sit-in service, but we get the impression that much of its trade relies on take-away; it’s a perfect fit for local office workers eating al-desko. It might not be big on atmosphere, but Oxford Road’s new sushi bar is a sign of things to come. And not a sandwich in sight.
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