From schooldays to takeaway

TOMONORI HASEGAWA left and Michael Simpson-Li, at Edo Sushi, High Court Chambers,Sheffield

TOMONORI HASEGAWA left and Michael Simpson-Li, at Edo Sushi, High Court Chambers,Sheffield

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SCHOOLFRIENDS Michael Simpson-Li and Tomonori Hasegawa realised a dream this week when they launched Edo Sushi – the Japanese food specialist they began planning long before there was anything else like it in Sheffield.

Back in those days at King Edward’s School, they knew exactly what they wanted to do. Both went to university (Michael in Sheffield and Tomo in Glasgow) and both went on to train in the business: Michael working for a local restaurant while Tomo got a place at the Tokyo Sushi Academy.

This week the plan finally came together with the opening of Edo Sushi takeaway in High Court Chambers – the passage that winds back off the High Street, behind Pizza Hut.

“We’re not on the main road, but we hope people will come and find us because what we’re offering is as good as anywhere else in Sheffield… and it’s fresh,” says Michael.

“It’s fast, it’s convenient and we’ll even deliver it free.”

Edo Sushi’s lunchtime selection includes salmon sashimi salad, chicken yaki soba, ton-katsu curry with rice, or an Edo Sushi box for just £4.50, with free miso soup or green tea thrown in.

The two launched their offer to the public during last week’s Food Festival and plan to reach more potential customers at Tramlines later this month.

“This is the kind of food that city people want: it’s really fresh and it’s very convenient for people to just come in and grab it if they’re in a hurry.

“As well as sushi, salads, sashimi and Japanese hot food, we do platters and we’ll deliver it free in the city centre.”

l Edo Sushi, High Court Chambers (0114) 275 5123 www.edosushi.co.uk

Lesley Draper