Food review: sushi at The Vincent Hotel, Southport

Andrew Brown enjoys sushi at The Vincent Hotel

WHERE would you go for exceptionally good fast food in Southport?

It is a market mostly dominated by chains – Southport boasts three McDonald’s, two Pizza Huts, two Subways and a KFC (and oddly no Burger King).

But, for a town centre office worker, shopper or day tripper who’s looking for superbly cooked, very tasty “fast” food, you can’t beat a bit of sushi at The Vincent.

Rob Duce, a friend of mine who ran the hugely successful Sushi San company, in Crosby, was always indignant in insisting that sushi did not translate as “raw fish”, as many people wrongly believe, but is Japanese for “with rice”.

As cooking goes, V Sushi at The Vincent is simply brilliant. Fresh ingredients, subtle yet delicious combinations, very healthy eating.

I took my younger brother, Fraser, a brilliantly talented photographer who’s taken some stunning pictures for our newspapers recently.

What emerged was food which was picture perfect. Japanese food is so clean, so elegantly prepared, cooked and presented.

We sat on tall bar stools at the sushi bar to the left of the V Cafe and could have happily spent the afternoon slowly grazing on a superb array of dishes. The choice of sushi, sashimi, maki and temaki on the menu is brilliant.

We settled for – this time – crispy scallop maki (£5.50), sweet beef roll maki (£5.50), Vincent tempura special (£6.50) and spicy tuna maki (£4.50).

The tempting menu also includes choices such as 10 pieces of small sushi (nigiri of tuna, salmon, sea bass, prawn; two California rolls, two salmon avocado rolls, two crispy scallop rolls for £17.95), steamed edame beans with sea salt (£3.95), roast duck salad with mango dressing (£6.50) or miso soup (£3.95).

A three-course Taste Of Asia menu is available 6pm-9.30pm, Sunday- Thursday.

Fittingly, the sushi bar at The Vincent is situated on the eastern side of Lord Street. Because this is definitely a star which is rising in the East.