Sushi & Co is relatively new sushi restaurant on Via Cardinale Guglielmo Sanfelice in Napoli, close to Municipio in the Porto quarter. It has a stylish and very modern atmosphere and caters to the trendy crown with basic sushi plates, fancy fried dishes unusual combinations of traditional Japanese and Mediterranean elements. Seats are limited, so on busy days reservations might be a good option. On week days early walk ins will have no problem getting seats, however. There is no sushi bar, only table dining, which is a common setup for most sushi restaurants in Napoli.
Rolls and more for dinner
We started of with some light starters, such as a mixed set of gyoza (dumplings) that were nice but nothing special. The seared maguro (tuna back) tartare with sesame came in a unique packaging and was quite nice. Yet, as usual in Napoli, the quality and taste of lean tuna back is rather basic and nothing that special. The tartare was a nice dish, yet other restaurants are able lot make more out of the bland tuna options available locally.
Then we had some sake (salmon), maguro (tuna back) and ika (squid) nigiri, some same (salmon), maguro (tuna back) and suzuki (sea bass) sashimi and then went on to the dominant offers on the menu, makis (rolls) and uramakis (inside out rolls). We tried the ebi tempura (fried shrimp) uramaki (inside out soll) with maguro (tuna back) topping, which was a nice composition with the avocado inside. The maguro (tuna back) maki (roll) with cream cheese topping however, was not that appealing as the cream cheese dominated the dish without adding any special flavour to the mix. The maguro (tuna back) maki tempura (fried roll) with cream cheese topping was better, but also not that amazing.
Also the maguro (tuna back) uramaki (inside out roll) with aioli topping was quite nice and matched well with the visually appealing ebi tempura (fried shrimp) uramaki (inside out roll) with grilled maguro (tuna back) and aioli topping. To our surprise, the most unconventional composition amazed us most. The ebi tempura (fried shrimp) uramaki (inside out roll) with strawberry topping was outstanding and by far the best dish we had at the restaurant.
Sushi Guide Verdict
All in all the dinner at Sushi & Co was nice but nothing overly special. The atmosphere was welcoming but a bit cold and impersonal. The interior design and architecture results in very high ambient noise levels, which makes a loner stay rather unpleasant. Yet, the menu options offers some nice surprises among the otherwise basic dishes to choose from. Taste and quality of the food is good and some dishes were very pleasant surprises. The drink menu is average and focuses on wine rather than Japanese spirits etc. The service was friendly and forthcoming and made the dinner a pleasant experience. Overall it is a good restaurant that stands out among the many sushi restaurants to choose from, but doesn’t rank among the best. Considering the alternatives around, another choice might come with more pleasant surprises.
Review date: February 11, 2020