The words ‘sushi train’ don’t always fill me with the greatest of confidence. Too often I’ve been burned with boring, lack-lustre offerings.
The first clue that this Newtown stalwart (opened in 2004) is different, is a glass cabinet featuring beautiful batons of sashimi-grade fish. The second is a small, hand-drawn menu of Chef’s Recommendations.
Chef Satoshi Yoshioka’s headline act, Toro ($5.50/1 piece), is some of the best bluefin tuna belly I’ve tried, especially for the price. Sinking your teeth into the white-banded, soft pink flesh is like biting into a stick of butter – pure sex.
It’s such a revelation, my usual briny favourite, sea urchin - served here as Uni Ships ($5.50/2 pieces) – pales in comparison.
Taking the daily hand-written list as my guide, I move onto sweet, creamy Scampi ($4.50/1 piece) served nigiri style on elongated fingers of sushi rice.
You won’t always find delicate Imperador ($4.50/2 pieces) on the menu, but when you do, it’s one of my favourite white-fleshed fishes.
The intimate seventeen counter seat setting allows you to order from the chefs as required, then watch them blow-torch your Aburi Salmon ($4.50/2 pieces) or spicier Salmon Volcano ($5.50/2 pieces). Firm-fleshed herb fed kingfish is another house-specialty, and well worth investigating in your Mixed Sashimi ($12.50/8 pieces).
Maybe I’ve misjudged Sydney’s sushi trains…
PS. If you love Japanese cuisine as much as I do, become a member of Washoku Lovers (for free) and receive two extra pieces of salmon sashimi when you order the 4-piece Salmon Sashimi ($6.50): http://www.washokulovers.com/
Newtown Sushi Train
316 King Street, Newtown
Ph: (02) 9557 4435