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Cheap Eats Nanjing 24 – the Mysterious Vanishing Sushi Shop

It happens so often. I chance across a place in a city – then fruitlessly search high and low for it again. Finally chance across it once more – only to lose it again. This little Nanjing sushi shop fell squarely into that category.

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It’s way down the southern end of Chiangxiang Road, about the limit of my evening foraging limit. I decided that was the key to finding it. Just about when I had that feeling that I must have walked past and not recognised it – just keep going. Eventually the red Japanese lantern hanging outside would magically appear. Inside, the owners were always happy to see me again (quite a contrast to the usual indifference to customers in Nanjing). Presumably entirely unaware of my repeated travails to find him, it seemed they were always expecting me to arrive. A plate of the ‘works’ would be intermediately flourished. I never could find this on the menu, but at 36 RMB, seemed to be the most expensive thing they offered. It seemed heartless to suggest I wanted to try something else – it was far more enjoyable being recognised as a kind of ‘local’.

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The vanishing sushi shop is a comfortable little place – with just one narrow bench to eat at, and an eclectic selection of magasines to read.

Vanished again? Just keep going south, and look for that red lantern.

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