Sooshi ($1.99) by Moritz von Volkmann is a beautiful app that is must-have for any sushi connoisseur. You won’t find a more well-done, comprehensive guide to all things sushi than Sooshi.
I know it’s an acquired taste, but I can’t get enough sushi, ever. It’s one of my favorite types of food out there, and one of the first things that always pops up in my mind when I want something exotic for a date night. So when I first saw Sooshi coming in the App Store, I could not be more excited. And now that it’s here, it’s definitely going to remain on my phone for whenever I need to know more about my favorite cuisine.
Sooshi will launch into five different sections on the first launch, each represented with gorgeous photography and topped off with a 3-D parallax effect. You can swipe through each section, and if you want to know more, just tap on whatever it is you want to find out about. Tapping on the button in the bottom right will give you a color-coded list of sections instead, in case you want to skip the fancy stuff. The sections included in Sooshi are: Sushi, Utensils, Fish, Ingredients, and Restaurants. No matter if you’re looking for a great sushi restaurant nearby, or want to learn about making sushi at home yourself, this app has got you covered.
No matter what you’re looking for, Sooshi makes it easy to navigate and find what you need. Just tap on the section you want, and you can dive into a list of all of the things that fall into that category. You can find out about each different kind of sushi (maki, nigiri, and gunkanmaki), utensil, fish (fish, mussel, roe), and ingredients like rice, avocado, and more. Tapping an individual choice will bring up a gorgeous image of it, and you can find a brief synopsis about the ingredient, fish, or utensil. You can also tap to find out the individual ingredients that compose a specific type of sushi, and even get a step-by-step guide on how to make it at home, given you have the proper utensils.
Hungry for sushi, but don’t want to make it yourself? Then the Restaurant finder in Sooshi makes finding the best sushi restaurants near you an easy task. By default, if you don’t give it permission for your location, it will show you sushi restaurants in Tokyo, Japan, which would be nice to have if you have the money at the moment. Otherwise, Sooshi will pull up restaurants near your current location, or you can even manually search for places in a specific city.
So far, I’m really impressed with Sooshi, and love the look and feel of the app, as well as the information that it provides. I would like to see more added in the future, though, such as information about sashimi, as well as some of the more popular “rolls” that people always enjoy getting (though I’ve kind of grown out of this phase myself). I also noticed that some other well-known nigiri isn’t included, such as unagi (eel). Hopefully this is added in the future. While the step-by-step how-tos are informative, it would also be nice to have some videos in case you’re in the kitchen, and can’t exactly tap on the screen to view the next step. Still, Sooshi is quite a comprehensive guide for any sushi lover.
I recommend grabbing Sooshi in the App Store if you enjoy sushi, whether it’s dining out or making it yourself in the comfort of your own home. You can get it in the App Store for your iPhone for $1.99.