I love sushi. I love Groupon. What makes it even better, was a Sushi Making Class offered on Groupon. Bring on the raw fish, bring on the wasabi, let’s hope I don’t cut myself with those very sharp knives….
After years of wanting to do a sushi making class, I finally put up my $40 for a two hour Sushi-Making Class at Wabora in the Thompson Hotel. Little did I know that classes are pretty big with 40 students and you only learn to make two rolls. And it looked like quite a few dates were happening over raw fish and rice.
Tip: A Groupon voucher probably isn’t the best way to impress a lady.
The lesson began with all of us crowded around the sushi chef as he demonstrated how to make our first roll which was some sort of vegetarian roll where instead of the usual seaweed wrap, we had to wrap it in cucumber. And as I was first up, it was a bit nerve racking as everyone was watching, judging my little roll. Too fat, too thin, not tight enough, not creative enough… After about 5-10 minutes, my work of art was done and I sat down to enjoy it. To quote Julia Roberts from Pretty Woman, these were “slippery little suckers”. Cucumber is not the easiest to eat with a chop stick. But delicious all the same.
Next up, was one of Wabora’s signature rolls of tempura shrimp, spicy salmon and a crispy topping. I have to say it tasted amazing, but the fact that I’ll probably never learn to make tempura and they won’t tell you what’s in the spicy tuna, seems to defeat the purpose of a cooking class.
All in all, it was a fun night out. I learnt the basics of rolling sushi and ate some great food. But lets face it, I’ll probably never be able to remember how to make the rolls that I made that night.
Wabora 550 Wellington Street, Thompson Hotel