There is just something about Japanese food that people get attracted to. Wherever you go, people would always want to try them because they are interesting to look at and well-presented. Japanese cuisine has offered the world uniqueness in every aspect, even in food. Their famous sushi, tempura, rolls, ramen and bento meals are just examples of the iconic Japanese foods.
Thank God Jeddah has restaurants like Benihana, Sakura, and Sushi Yoshi that offers Japanese food when we start craving for them. To add to that list, is Sushi Centro, Jeddah. There are many things to love about it. The main one (for me) is because it is near our place. Its location is very accessible that going there would just take minutes. I think its the nearest of its kind in my area.
Sushi Centro is located inside Centro Shaheen hotel which is along Madinah road (and Al-Sharafeyah), near Haifa mall. Its strategic location offers employees of companies near the area to just have lunch or dine in for dinner. It is also a great venue to meet clients since it is in the city’s center and is accessible to most of the main roads. Parking spaces are available outside the hotel.
Keeping all the modern Japanese theme intact from start to end is what will be observed once you dine in Sushi Centro. From decorations to plating, a touch of contemporary Japanese theme is visible.
Customers can watch how their orders like bento meals, rolls, and sushi are prepared in the center counter. This is a great way to check (that is if you are the meticulous type) how a meal is being prepared. One can even ask the chef to customize the order, if for example, there are specific vegetables or ingredients to be removed or added in the food.
There’s a generous amount of serving in most orders like this teriyaki chicken bento box below. A bento box meal includes jasmine rice, vegetable maki, tossed greens, ginger dressing and of course, the chicken teriyaki, which is a highly recommended one along with the seared salmon bento box.
Kids love these crispy fried chicken bites or kara-age. These are for starters but kids can already have them for their main meals since they are not adventurous yet when it comes to trying different foods.
There are also different sushi maki rolls which comes in 8 pcs per order. Prices for these rolls range from 28 SR -75SR. That’s a very reasonable price for rolls of 8. I remember ordering the same amount in other restaurants, but with just 4 pcs of rolls. So, that’s a great deal they’ve got there.
For ramen lovers! They’ve got a bowl full of it at a starting price of 48 SR! =) Varieties of noodle soup bowls are offered. There’s mixed seafood, beef & mushroom, ramen with chicken dumplings and vegetable wonton.
Don’t forget to order Sushi Centro’s fried rice. They come in three choices; vegetable, beef, shrimp & chicken fried rice. Our order was beef and it was already well-seasoned, there’s no need to add soy sauce or salt.
For group meals, there’s what you call “plenty to share” options to choose from like family grand platter which includes 16 pcs of assorted nigiri, 8 pcs spicy tuna maki, 8 pcs spicy salmon maki, 8 pcs ebi tempura maki, 8 pcs California maki, 8 pcs of vegetarian roll, and 2 portions of edamame. Now, that’s a full list for a platter! That alone could feed 5-6 people, I think. =)
Don’t immediately leave once you are done with your dinner. Try their jasmine tea and just relax. The ambience is in Sushi Centro can be very calming, like an oasis in the middle of the desert. Just like their location, a place of rest in the middle of a busy city.
As I’ve said, the place is like an oasis in the middle of a busy city. It’s a great and very accessible place to go to along Madinah road and Sharafeyah road for family dinners and business meetings to take place in. Here are some of the photos that will give you that peaceful modern Japanese feel as you bite those tempuras.
Since Sushi Centro is part of Centro Shaheen hotel, there are other areas in the hotel you can go to after dining in. If you want to grab a cake, muffin, or coffee for take out or when you are on the go, you can go to C. Deli, the same floor as Sushi Centro.
You can also check the pool area of Centro’s rooftop where you can stay and have a coffee.
C.Taste by Centro Shaheen is also located on the second floor. It is Centro hotel’s all-day dining section where other international cuisines are served.
Going to Sushi Centro opens many other activities to do while in Centro hotel. You can go to the rooftop after your Japanese meal to have your lungs have a dose of fresh air, a cup of coffee or tea as you continue to release those city stress. You can even grab a take out for your roommates, kids, or friends from the C.Deli before you leave the hotel. However you want to end your stay in Sushi Centro is all up to you, just be sure to bring with you that serene feeling the place has offered from beginning to end.
Sushi Centro, Jeddah map