There are those people who love sushi, and if you’re one of them, I suspect you’ll already know about Kibou Sushi and love it as much as I do. On the other hand, there are loads of people – also like me - who haven’t ventured into the world of sushi for many a reason; listen and trust me on this one, you REALLY need to book a table at Kibou. ASAP.
I’m not sure how many types of sushi there are, but what I do know is that Kibou do A LOT of them. They do sushi with raw seafood, sushi with cooked seafood, sushi with no seafood, sushi with vegetables and sushi with meat. They do little sushi, big sushi, inside out sushi and right way round sushi. They even tempura their sushi.
Still can’t be tempted? Don’t fret, because that’s one of the things I absolutely love about Kibou; they have starters, small plates and mains to boot. Two of my favourites being the pumpkin korroke and their incredibly flavoursome (and beautiful) ramen. The pumpkin korroke is a pumpkin croquette which comes to life with tonkatsu sauce and kimchi mayo. I highly recommend ordering it as a starter. As for the ramen…Oh. My. Word. It really is a thing of beauty and having tried this traditional noodle dish in a few different places now, I can safely say, this is the tastiest - and most stunning - in Cheltenham!
So let me tell you a little bit about my very first sushi experience. I treated it like a night course and studied the menu ahead of our visit so I could research all the different types of sushi. I even wrote out the list of what we would order before setting foot in the restaurant. Sad I know, but where food is concerned, I like to be fully prepared.
We went in, and went in hard. We ordered at least one of nearly every type of sushi they do to give it a fair chance. The sushi chefs worked their magic and we were all astounded by the skill, delicacy and creativeness involved. Delivered to our table was the most exquisite platter of food I have ever seen. I worried a little it might be all style over substance but no; these morsels of food were bursting with flavour.
The fave among the fish eaters was the volcano roll. I know for sure, this is a popular one with many a Kibou customer, so if you are a fish eater and only try one thing, make it this. You won’t be disappointed.
I really enjoyed the teriyaki duck temaki, this is a cone shaped sushi perfect for one, which is right up my street as I’m not big on sharing. To my surprise I also kept going back for another prawn tempura ISO sushi. ISO is just shorthand for inside-out. And for those that love a chicken katsu, Kibou have rolled it in rice and made it into a futomaki sushi roll. So there really is something for everyone at Kibou - even the sceptics!
As I’ve already mentioned, Kibou Sushi is a very small (and extremely popular) restaurant, so you’ll need to book to avoid disappointment, however, they also do take-outs, so you can put in an order to collect; or you can order via Deliveroo and get it delivered right to your door!
I hope I’ve encouraged you to try something new, and if so, I hope you enjoy, either at Kibou Sushi or from the comfort of your own home.