A new sushi bar opened in Wilmslow town centre at the weekend filling a gap in the local food scene.
Zumu Sushi is a new venture for former structural engineer Oliver Ibanez and Head Chef Benjamin Samson, who has 20 years experience working in America, London and 10 years as Head Chef at Yo Sushi.
Speaking about why they decided to open their first restaurant in Wilmslow, Oliver told me "We wanted to bring healthy food here and there is no sushi or Japanese food in Wilmslow since Samsi closed."
Alongside a range of sushi and sashimi dishes, the menu offers a selection of hot dishes including Katsu curry and salmon teriyaki along with their two signature dishes: Wilmslow Roll (salmon and tuna with chives and avocado in the middle, topped with avocado) and the Zumu Special (prawn with avocado in the middle and seared salmon with teriyaki barbecue sauce on top).
Chef Benjamin Samson told wilmslow.co.uk "Our aim here is to deliver high quality Japanese food at good value prices. Everything we serve is fresh." And if our first visit was anything to go by they are certainly on the right track.
Noticing they were open, I called in with my two daughters for a chat and we were made to feel very welcome. Oliver prepared a very impressive looking Wilmslow Roll for us to sample, where everything on the board was edible - including a selection of flowers and wild garlic - after which the girls were given a lesson in juggling limes.
Zumu is located at 7 Banks Square, in the premises previously occupied by The Goal Post, and has 19 covers alongside offering a takeaway service.
It is currently open 7 days a week, from 11am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4pm on Sundays, whilst they see how business goes. Their initial plan is also to employ 2 or 3 local residents on a part-time basis.
Photo: Chef Benjamin Samson and Oliver Ibanez with a 'Wilmslow Roll'.