ул. Карла Маркса, 18
Open from 10am to midnight, every day
Meals from $9
Sushi Studio is one of Irkutsk’s (and Russia’s!) many sushi cafes. It is located not far from the Irkutsk Drama Theatre and just off Lenin Street in downtown Irkutsk. Faced with a good number of sushi options in the city, it’s hard to know where to start, so one day we decided to just pick one and start working through them, gradually building up a comparison of Irkutsk’s sushi options over time.
Sushi Studio is one of our favorites. It’s a pretty cozy place in modern way: it has a clean look, bright and open. At many cafes and eating places in Irkutsk the background music can be loud to the point of being barely able to hear the person sitting next to you, but Sushi Studio had some of the chillest and most pleasant background music & video combination that I’ve seen so far here. It’s a nice change if you want a place to relax a bit with your meal.
I went to Sushi Studio for lunch with a friend and we decided to order a few things together to split. This is the easiest way to stay within a budget and still try a bunch of things. We ordered noodles with eggplant and zucchini (255 rub), vegetable tempura (90 rub), a cucumber roll (60 rub) and a pot of ginger-lemon tea (90 rub) all to split, which came to 250 rubles each. The food came in a short while and it was all delicious.
The menu offers a range of sushi rolls and combination plates as well as hot dishes, including soups, rice and noodles. While ours was a relatively small meal, we were very satisfied afterward and felt excited to return again to try other things there. Sushi Studio also provides delivery, according to their menu and website, so if you’re craving sushi from home they provide even more choices to order on their delivery menu.
For groups and faculty-led tours, Sushi Studio is likely to prove a bit too small to accommodate groups beyond 10-12 people. If you are coming with a group, call ahead to see if the place can accommodate you.