Peering out onto Oktogon, right next to TGI Fridays, the taste of Japan isn’t far away. Planet Sushi might look simple on the outside but inside you’ll find all your fantasies of sashimi and maki satisfied in this small, clean and classic sushi restaurant.
The waitstaff are attentive and bring over a menu filled with a tempting variety of sushi, so whether you’re looking for tender nigiri, classic sashimi or even dim sum, the menu has it all.
You don’t even need to be a sushi pro to know what you’re ordering. Sometimes, sushi for the first timer can be a daunting experience but the picture menu makes life a little easier, not to mention the bilingual staff with their excellent English to help you out at any twist or turn.
While you flick through the menu, try one of the numerous teas on offer. These come by the pot, unless you go with the traditional Matcha, a traditional green tea.
To start things off, the server brings a portion of edamame and little bowls of warm water and what appears to be a tablet. But like magic, once the little white discs are placed into the water, a warm towel grows out of the dish.
It’s almost impossible to choose what to have, so if you’re very hungry or dining with a group then try one of the sets, with a selection of maki and sashimi. The Premium Set is ideal for maki lovers, with a mix of Planet Sushi’s signature makis, such as the Philadelphia Chic, rolls filled with tender salmon and cream cheese, wrapped in an avocado and topped with flying fish roe and unagi sauce.
From the uramaki type, the classic California maki combines shrimp, avocado and Japanese mayonnaise accented with fish roe, through to the classic Planet maki, a hosomaki where the seaweed is wrapped on the outside, combining salmon, pickled radish and cream cheese together with lettuce for a simple classic. All in all, the sets have it all.
For sushi with a difference, try some of Planet Sushi’s hot makis. It sounds unusual but these are delightful in texture, where the seaweed is coated with breadcrumbs and lightly fried. The combination works wonderfully, offering the diner a new kind of sushi experience, especially since it’s warm.
Beyond the cornucopia of sushi rolls and slices of fresh raw fish, Planet Sushi has a diverse menu. From popular soups, such as delicious variations of miso and other Asian soups like Tom Yum, to the Singaporean special Laksa.
If you want the sushi experience of small portions without the rice and raw fish, try some of the dim sums. From deep-fried crispy pancakes to boiled pork dumplings, there are some options even for the meat lover who wants an alternative to sushi.
It’s easy to overdo it on the sushi and not leave room for dessert but the cute dessert sushi is worth a try. The White Orchid is a concoction of cream, fruit and sweet rice dusted with coconut flakes. It comes shaped like a mini maki and is very satisfying. However, chocolate lovers should try the Domino, a selection of fresh fruits covered in chocolate rolls and topped with almond chips and a chocolate sauce.
The relaxed ambience of Planet Sushi, combining Japanese serenity with modern chic, makes the restaurant a good place for any occasion. Those wanting a more private experience can go for one of the small traditional rooms, with paper panels and cushions on the floor. To top off the experience, the friendly staff is always on hand to help out with any need.
To sum up, Planet Sushi offers style, taste and service, and is a good recommendation for anyone who is a true sushi lover.
Soups and salads: HUF 550-2,250
Sushi: HUF 350-3,850
Sets: HUF 4,450-11,500
Desserts: HUF 850-1,800