It was a reader who pointed me in the direction of a new takeaway just down the road from Sneinton Market. After visiting Sosu with her husband, Natalie Walker said: “I wanted to catch her eye as it’s a very new place that needs big improvements, the food is fantastic and very reasonably priced.

“I think you should check it out and let Nottingham foodies know about it through your articles and your own social media.” Always happy to oblige, I hopped in my car and made the 30 minute drive to Carlton Road, the main road between Nottingham and Carlton.

I pass Lidl, the Falcon Indian supermarket, the Blissful Asian Massage salon and an unlicensed shop called Exotic Booze before arriving at Sosu, a self-described Japanese take-out. Takeout meals are hard to check out if you don’t live nearby. Eating in your car is not the best experience.

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But it’s not just takeout, there’s seating. There aren’t many, just four against the counter and another four facing Carlton Road.

Inside Sosu Japanese takeout

I’m the first to arrive, arriving just after 12:00 pm for lunch, so I get my choice of seats. I take a seat on one of the tall wooden stools that overlook the March Hare pub. With a concrete tower in the distance, it’s not an impressive sight, but I’m not here for the views. Inside, the decor is simple but authentic: a beautiful pink-flowered tree painted on the wall, and traditional Japanese paneling above the counter and open kitchen.

The menu starts with yakatori chicken, gyozas, tempura and chicken karaage starters. Eel, tuna, prawn and vegetarian sushi, from just €3, is another option.


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