Some things look easy, but are actually really hard: Keepy-uppies, balloon-modelling, cutting hair (I've promised never to try again!) to name a few.
I'm pretty sure making sushi belongs on that list too. We spent an hour last week sat at Hi-Ki sushi bar in Tooting Market watching this guy make sushi. And it was spell-binding.
We love sushi. Mostly nigri, the raw fish on a block of rice but also rolls, with cucumber or avocado and fish wrapped in rice. But surely the best thing about a food like sushi is trying new things, so as we sat down in Tooting Market we let Dad order a few new things for us.
Rainbow Roll - Cucumber wrapped in rice, with tuna, salmon and avocado on top.
Glazed Pork Belly (Basically thick bacon with sticky soy sauce on top)
Eel, Octopus and Salmon sashimi (Raw fish)
The only thing I (Emily) wasn't keen on was the octopus, which was really chewy.
I (Riley) liked everything, but my favourite thing was the rainbow rolls, which were delicious.
There's no children's menu here BUT what really matters is that from the moment we sat down we felt like nothing was too much trouble. We were asked if we wanted to sit closer to the chef so we could watch him make our lunch (we did), we were asked if we wanted the pork belly cut into smaller pieces (we did) and anything spicy was pointed out to avoid any accidental fire-breathing.
When we could take our eyes off our sushi chef we watched everyone walking around Tooting Market. We saw one of our teachers, and one of our friends - and we stopped both to tell them that they should stop for some sushi. Hi-Ki is that kind of place, a little local secret that you want to tell everyone about.
So here are our scores for Hi-Ki:
FOOD: E4 R4.5 = 8.5/10
ATMOSPHERE: E4 R4 = 8/10
FRIENDLINESS: E4.5 R5 = 9.5/10
KIDS MENU: E3.5 R4 = 7.5/10
KID-FRIENDLY: E4 R4 = 8/10*
* Just a note to say the bar stools are slightly precarious for younger children, so if you want to watch the excellent chefs at work you might need to be slightly older. There are tables available in the back, but sit at the bar if you can - it's mesmerising! (Dad)