Sooshi for iPhone

There are tons of apps for chefs and food enthusiasts in general on the App Store. Most of them are often for iPad given its larger canvas to work with. iOS 7 has seen most apps ditch realistic interfaces and skeuomorphism. Sooshi on the other hand, retains a lifelike icon that is probably the best sushi roll you will ever see. The app itself not only teaches you multiple things about sushi but it is designed really well.

On launch you’re greeted with a pixel perfect launch screen followed by the sushi section. The app is split up into different sections and navigation is a bit ambiguous in the beginning. There are sections for types of sushi, utensils, fish, ingredients, restaurant finder and an about page. The menu button on the bottom right brings up the menu that has all the sections. You can also swipe between sections. Each section has its own colour theme and everything has a lively feel with a subtle parallax effect. Once you’re inside a section, the app has a black theme throughout and every image used is absolutely drool worthy.

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As with other recipe or cooking apps, Sooshi has sections that reference ingredients found in other categories and there’s a generic preparation guide for every kind of sushi available. There is also a timer for cooking sushi rice because we all know how hard that is. The animation for steam coming out of the rice is a nice touch. Each ingredient page has an image on top with a bit of information about it and the preparations that include it at the bottom. All names have their traditional names mentioned above as well.

Overall this is by far the best visual representation of the most common types of sushi I have ever seen. The attention to detailing on ingredients, subtle parallax throughout and feel of the app make it worthy of a spot on your homescreen. I only wish the developers do an iPad version for it soon. Their making of feature for the app on Behance is pretty amazing as well. Sooshi is available on the App Store for $1.99.

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