Sushi restaurant adds to Woodside Ferry Village food concessions

Kris Foulger-Roberts and Sharon Stanton

Woodside Ferry Village has announced that the popular Japanese restaurant, Haku Sushi, is joining the Wirral food and drinks hall as its latest vendor concession.

Haku Sushi has been in discussions with Woodside Ferry Village in bringing its unique Japanese-based menu to Birkenhead, and now from a new waterfront base, it will specialise in offering its own perspective on a range of sushi, noodles and Japanese dishes.

Haku Sushi joins the other award-winning food concessions at Woodside Ferry Village in Cowfish Smokehouse, Sukhothai, Caffe Cream, Low Slow and Dough and The Refreshment Rooms.

Kris Foulger-Roberts, director of Haku Sushi, says he is excited at the opening of this new venture: “Wirral has always been an excellent place to eat and we are very excited to now be a place for food lovers to discover.

“Woodside Ferry Village is a particularly special place to trade and we are looking forward to being part of it.”

In launching Haku Sushi at Woodside Ferry Village, Kris will take charge of the sushi menu for the first few weeks until Haku-trained chefs take over.

The menu will include classic Japanese favourites such Askatsu Curry, Ramen and Gyoza, together with some delicious Japanese street food including Takoyaki.

The sushi menu will have staple ingredients like salmon, but will also have specials based on seasonal fish and seafood.

The menu will also include some hot items accompanying the sushi cold dishes, which has proved popular with sushi customers.

Haku Sushi produce is sourced by developing and maintaining good relationships with both Japanese and locally-based suppliers, taking advantage of seasonality and the excellent quality that is available.

Kris said he was inspired from an early age to become involved in the food industry: “From the age of 17 I have worked as a chef in many restaurants covering a number of different cuisines, but as soon as I discovered sushi and Japanese food I was hooked.

“For the last 14 years I have found real satisfaction working in Japanese kitchens, so when the opportunity arose to open my own I was ecstatic.

He added: “Sushi has changed a lot since its origins in Japan. Adaptations to sushi rolls made as a result of Western tastes and availability and affordability of fish has created styles of sushi like the California Roll, that many people have fallen in love with, and as such sushi continues to evolve.”

Sharon Stanton, managing director at Woodside Ferry Village, said: “We are thrilled that Haku Sushi is bringing its amazing Japanese foods and culinary expertise to Wirral.

“These food skills and the unique tastes will undoubtedly be a very welcome addition to our menus at Woodside Ferry Village that will please both connoisseurs of sushi and for those that are maybe tasting it for the first time.”

She added: “Over recent years sushi has become a very popular dining experience and we welcome Haku Sushi to Woodside Ferry Village and look forward to working together in being able to offer our customers an even wider taste of special international and Far East cuisine.”

Woodside Ferry Village, which is run by the Woodside Area Community Interest Company, first opened its doors in June 2019, and has since continued developing its offer in not only looking to create opportunities as a food and dining experience on the Birkenhead waterfront, but also with its plans to further grow Woodside and its neighbouring areas as a key Wirral destination in attracting greater local and visitor footfall.