Cailin's Sushi

Cailin's Sushi
1136 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TD
  • Telephone 0141 334 8637
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 5–10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £9.75 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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Good things come in small packages – and this compact sushi bar in Finnieston is a prime example.

Takeaway review
Newcomer Cailin’s is one of Glasgow’s lesser-known sushi takeaways, but that’s changing thanks to its reputation for great prices, a packed menu with unlimited mix-and-match potential, and a commitment to fresh and healthy eating. The miso soup is aromatic, and the chicken dumplings crispy, while the sushi comes in bite-size hosomaki roll quartets, loosely packed gunkan cup duets with fillings such as crab meat or corn, or nigiri topped with the likes of omelette, eel or octopus. A mix of all three varieties costs as little as a fiver, while bigger platters and catering-size options are also available. The parsimoniously filled bento boxes and reams of plastic wrapping can make it all feel a little in-flight meal, but importantly the same can’t be said of the freshness. Everything is made on the day, with any leftovers at half price after 10pm.

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If Japan is famed for good use of small space then Cailin’s Sushi is a skilled proponent. It may look unimpressive, with just two tables and a kiosk-style counter but do not be fooled. Behind the scenes – somewhere – exquiste sushi and sashimi is being prepared. There is an appealing and simple artistry in the whole experience as well. First a selection of ginger and sauce – with small bowls to mix the wasabi and soy to a strength of your choosing – arrives with chopsticks. Choose a mixed sashimi combo, and thin slices of raw fish arrive on a platter shaped as an ornamental garden bridge. The delicate slices of fish are simple but delicious. Dragon roll – a whole sushi roll resembling a dragon complete with head and tail (prawn tempura) – impresses with perfectly ripe avocado serving as a foil to the crispy batter. A black dragon roll has less drama but makes up for that with a grilled eel topping – a succulent and flavoursome revelation. There is plenty more going on (bubble teas, ramen, bento boxes, rice burgers, etc) but the sushi and sashimi are the stars of the show.

  • High point: Black dragon roll
  • Low point: Only a small space for dining
  • Notable dish: Black dragon roll
  • Delivery: Mon–Thu noon–3pm/5-10pm; Fri–Sun noon–10pm. G1: £3; G2: £2.20; G3: £1.50; G4: £2 G11-12: £1.80 G20: £2.50
  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 12
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2012