Mediter­rasian Sushi at Ocean Bas­ket - Qawra, Malta

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Mediter­rasian Sushi - A fu­sion of tastes – Ja­panese flavours with a Mediter­ranean twist!!

World Sushi Cham­pion, Pepi Anevski launched the novel Mediter­rasian Sushi at Ocean Bas­ket, Qawra. In cre­at­ing this new menu, Anevski used his cre­ative and tech­ni­cal skill to of­fer a new and unique sushi menu.

Mr Anevski, to­gether with Ocean Bas­ket Malta’s Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Joseph At­tard, dis­cussed cur­rent sushi trends in Malta and the for­mer was in­vited to train Ocean Bas­ket Malta’s kitchen crew, show­ing them new tech­niques and in­tro­duc­ing the staff to the in­gre­di­ents mak­ing up Mediter­rasian Sushi.

“Hav­ing a world sushi cham­pion amongst us was in­deed a plea­sure and watch­ing him cre­ate this new menu was a priv­i­lege,” ex­pressed Mr At­tard. “With this new and ex­cit­ing menu we hope to en­tice those who un­til now, have only as­so­ci­ated Sushi with some­thing for­eign and alien to the Mediter­ranean diet.”

Sushi ex­ploded onto the Euro­pean mar­ket in the 1990s and quickly be­came a reg­u­lar of­fer­ing in restau­rants across the con­ti­nent, but min­i­mal in­no­va­tion has seen con­sumer in­ter­est dwin­dle, un­til the re­cent Ocean Bas­ket Sushi Rev­o­lu­tion.

Anevski chal­lenged the un­der­stand­ing of Sushi and as he ex­plained, “Sushi is Ja­panese by ori­gin. Bro­ken down to its ba­sic in­gre­di­ents, it is seaweed, rice, wasabi, soy sauce and gin­ger. How­ever, that is where the sushi rules end. I thought of how many fu­sion restau­rants I worked for that learned to com­bine sushi with lo­cal flavours. We de­cided to stop im­i­tat­ing other Ja­panese restau­rants and whilst re­spect­ing the sushi ba­sics, we added on Mediter­ranean flavours.”

Ocean Bas­ket Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Jean Sloane com­mented, “This new menu was cre­ated as part of our ef­forts to in­no­vate and of­fer some­thing that is ex­cit­ing, orig­i­nal and distinctly Ocean Bas­ket. As seafood procur­ing ex­perts, we are in a po­si­tion to of­fer a su­pe­rior prod­uct at an af­ford­able price and now we can also claim a fresh new menu with a unique blend of flavours that re­main true to our Mediter­ranean cui­sine.”

The new menu in­cludes the fol­low­ing items: Wasabi prawn gunkan, tarama gunkan with cala­mari heads, sesame salmon gunkan with zuc­chini and tem­pura, cala­mari gunkan with spring onions, crunchy Athena with pick­led red onion, salmon tomato roll with fresh basil and grilled green pep­per, kypro prawn roll with Ro­maine let­tuce and ori­g­anum sauce, pars­ley prawn roll, vol­cano roll and lemon salmon roll.

Ocean Bas­ket is sit­u­ated in Qawra Road, Qawra and is open Mon­day to Sun­day from noon to 10.30pm

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