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Tsuru Bishopsgate/Spitalfields

I love working near Spitalfields market, partly because it means my commute is short, and mostly because the food options are about ten thousand times better than they were in Canary Wharf.  Still, I’m nothing if not a complainer, and for a while I’ve bemoaned the lack of good sushi options for lunch.  Itsu is OK in a pinch.  Japanika isn’t bad but there’s no seating.

A few months ago, I was excited to learn on “Good for Lunch” that Tsuru Sushi had opened a branch at 201 Bishopsgate.  Bizarrely, despite keeping an eye out for Tsuru while walking on Bishopsgate numerous times, I couldn’t find it.

So here’s my tip for those in search of sushi when near Liverpool Street station:  despite the restaurant’s Bishopsgate address, Tsuru’s entrance is actually off Primrose Street, and even from Primrose Street, it’s easy to miss.  You’re more likely to see the Pret a Manger next door because for some reason, Tsuru has eschewed proper signage.

salmon-avocado rolls and prawn tempura rolls (background)

salmon-avocado rolls in the foreground (£3.95) and prawn tempura rolls in the background (£4.25)

In any case, Tsuru is worth searching out.  The ready-made rolls always taste freshly made.  In fact, a couple of times, the prawn tempura in the prawn tempura rolls was still warm and crispy.  Yum.  Another plus:  the rice isn’t stone hard/refrigerated to within an inch of its life.  For ready-made stuff, Tsuru’s rolls are  good.

pork katsu curry (£6.10)

I should confess I’m not always eating healthy when I drop by Tsuru.  Pork katsu curry hits all the buttons – crispy, relatively grease-free, and generous amounts of slightly-sweet curry and rice.  You can order it in chicken, too, but given the choice, I’ll take pig every time.

chicken teriyaki (£6.35)

Chicken teriyaki (looking kind of gross in the above picture, I must say) is comprised of thigh meat, which is my fave if I have to eat chicken.  It’s not bad, but when I’m ordering a hot lunch, the katsu curries always win me over.

Tsuru’s outdoor seating on a nice day is shady and pleasant, and there’s plenty of indoor seating as well.  For a quick, inexpensive and tasty lunch during the work week, Tsuru is a great option.  You can even get tap water served in a proper glass.

Tsuru Sushi, 201 Bishopsgate (but accessible only via Primrose Street, look for it next to a Pret a Manger), EC2M 3UG; 0207 377 1166; closest tube station: Liverpool Street Station

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Pizza east interior at lunchtime

I’ve been pretty lazy since returning from Egypt.  Long, heavy meals or lengthy journeys across town have had little appeal the last two weeks.  So last week, when a few coworkers wanted to go out for lunch, Pizza East sounded like the perfect option:  it’s a 5-minute walk from my office, and a meal doesn’t get faster or simpler than pizza.

Having been to Shoreditch House, I’d stayed away from Pizza East partly because it’s one thing for a bar to be a  “scene,” and another for a pizza place to be one (Shoreditch House Group owns Pizza East).  For lunch on a Wednesday, though, Pizza East is pleasantly quiet and sunny.

I ate with two friends from work, and we each ordered a pizza, so I can’t comment on the starters or desserts, but our server was friendly and quick, and our pizzas arrived at our table hot-out-of-the oven.

margherita pizza (£7)

Sticking with my “keep it simple” plan, I ordered the buffalo mozzarella pizza, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Crispy, thin crust; generous portions of creamy mozzarella; and a fresh-tasting  sauce with a nice balance of sweet and tart flavors.  I would’ve preferred having the pizza toppings spread further out on the pizza (i.e., there was quite a large edge of crust on the pizza), but otherwise, it was very good.

spicy sausage and purple sprouting broccoli (£11)

One of my friends ordered the spicy sausage pizza, whose toppings were also very good, but again, there was just a little bit too much “edge” to the pizza crust.  Otherwise, it was a very tasty pizza — I really had to pressure him into trading a slice of pizza with me.

On the whole, a perfect lunch spot.  I’ve walked by Pizza East at night when it’s packed to the rafters and super noisy, so it’ll probably be a while before I show up for an evening out.  But for a quiet, quick, cheap lunch, Pizza East is an excellent option if you work near Spitalfields Market/ Liverpool Street station.  We were in and out in under an hour without feeling rushed.

Pizza East, Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ; 0207 729 1888; closest tube station:  Liverpool Street
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