Do you love sushi but your friend loves pasta? Gosh, when that happens at lunch time, you have a real dilemma about where to go to eat and time to deliberate and debate may not be on your side. Beriso, now, however, is your answer! Located at 18 Procter Street, Holborn, WC1V 6NX, this place is known for offering fast-healthy food which is primarily sushi and pasta! It is based within 5 minutes walking distance from Holborn Underground Station and if you’re in the area, it’s certainly a strong contender when it comes to grabbing a quick meal. Read on as I reveal more about this rather unusual and unique place.
A charming, cute and inviting eatery
As the exterior of the foodie hub that is Beriso is made of glass, you can peek inside and see the bright screen with options, the large open refrigerator, different types of seating and a fluorescent pink light. It’s rather eye-catching and inviting. Whilst not the largest of places to sit and have a meal, if you’re feeling peckish and want to have a quick catch-up with others, then it’s a charming and cute place in which to do that. Upon entering, you will also find that the staff are cheerful and chatty and quite clearly seem to enjoy working there. The entire eatery has soft music playing in the background and free Wi-Fi. It is also impeccably clean.
As Beriso offers either sushi or pasta, you have a choice as to which one you would like. If you’re craving sushi, then the staff will usher you over to the open refrigerator and will explain that all the items are freshly made. Alternatively, if pasta instead takes your fancy, then the staff will ask you whether you would like a pasta option from the menu or would like a specific pasta dish made for you! Opted for the sushi? You will be able to take your box, take a seat and start munching. Ordered the pasta? You will need to take a seat and your freshly prepared and piping hot pasta dish will be brought over to you within a few minutes.
What dishes are available?
Choosing sushi and/or pasta and placing an order at Beriso is very simply with the exception of deciding what you actually want due to the options available. The sushi showcase is beautiful and includes a wide selection of sushi combinations which will make your eyes pop. There are vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available. The avocado and cucumber maki box (3.60 GBP/ 5 USD) consists of 16 maki and is delightful to chow down. The super veggie sushi box (3.60 GBP/ 5 USD) which is made up of 3 cucumber maki, 3 avocado maki, 4 vegetarian futomaki with red pepper, cucumber, avocado and mango and 1 slice pickled takuwan will keep you filled up for hours!
The pasta bar is equally fantastic as you can either put your own meal together by choosing from the pasta type, range of sauce, proteins and other toppings. In respect to the pasta, you can select either linguine, penne, fusilli, spaghetti, gluten free or wholemeal pasta. The proteins on offer are beef meatballs, salmon, chicken breast, Italian sausage, bacon or edamame beans. The sauce options include pomodoro, arrabbiata, green basil pesto, red sun dried tomato pesto or a skinny béchamel; all the sauces are made fresh each morning. There are also a number of veggies, and toppings such as cheeses and pine nuts which can be added to your dish. The price for pasta dishes starts from 2.98 GBP (4 USD) and increases depending on the protein and toppings you choose..
If the ample choice at the pasta bar is too much to handle and you don’t have time to ponder as you’re in a rush, try one of Beriso’s popular tasty combinations which are displayed on the board. For example, “The Healthy Pasta” made with wholemeal pasta and includes kale, broccoli, mushroom, pine nuts, a touch of chilli and parmesan (for 4.95 GBP/ 7 USD) may be made for you.
Chefs are smiling as they cook up your meal
With English weather being rather chilly, you’re unlikely to be surprised that most of my visits to Beriso result in ordering the hot pasta dishes! What I think you will really love about this place is that you can see the chefs smiling away as they’re rustling up your order. Your food is being made by people who have positive energy and want you to feel full, healthy and good before leaving their Italian and Japanese hub. The portion sizes for the pasta dish is fantastic and from the moment you open up your box, you will be able to smell the delicious aroma of the freshly combined ingredients. All I can say is get ready to tuck in and inhale all the goodness…which will happen fast as it tastes so scrumptious!
You should also know that Beriso is known for its healthy snacks and has some innovative chips (also known as crisps) available. Ever tried quinoa chips (1.08 GBP/ 1 USD) or lentil basil chips (1.08 GBP/ 1 USD)? Maybe now is your time to experience these delightful snacks. Alternatively, if you’re having a “cheat day” from your healthy lifestyle, then the tiramisu or chocolate pot (2.40 GBP each/ 3 USD) could be a nice way to celebrate your day to eat something a bit indulgent! The tiramisu is creamy and infused with coffee; a sweet kick to get you through the rest of your day.
The concept works - 10 out of 10 for Beriso
The concept of offering sushi and pasta in one place may make some smile with glee whereas with others it may end up in a few raised eyebrows out of concern! Can one place really offer good Japanese and Italian food? The answer is absolutely yes. An overall rating for the sushi, pasta, snacks and sweet treats has to be 10 out of 10 for Beriso. Its concept works. Its prices work. Well done to Beriso as it’s doing a fantastic job! Open 5 days a week from 7am to 7pm, head on over there for your brunch, lunch or for an early dinner.
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