I visited Sushi-Ya in Artarmon for the first time after having been to Sushi-Ya in Chatswood for years. In fact, we only discovered the Artarmon place when we arrived at the Chatswood restaurant and found that a friend had made a booking at the "wrong" restaurant. It wasn't a big deal, the restaurants are a short drive apart.
Sushi-Ya in Artarmon is a lot smaller, with most of its seating outdoors. Some outdoor seating is covered by plastic shades, but on a cold night I'd imagine it would be chilly. We were seated indoors but as the door was open, it was pretty cold and we needed to keep our winter coats on.
The food is just as good, but the menu felt smaller. (I'm not too sure as I didn't do the ordering.) The restaurant is small and cosy but a little run-down. It's still great for a casual meal out, and I'd definitely revisit.
A great, small little gem in the clamour of Artarmon, and funnily enough, situated right beside the station (yet you don't hear a thing!). The service is quick and efficient, the service is friendly and knowledgeable. Went recently and a change which I love is instead of serving their green tea in glazed terracotta cylindrical mugs like most Japanese restaurants (with no handles - it gets too hot to pick up!), they now have mugs with handles! It really helps you to appreciate their delicious green tea while hot. Me and my family are regulars here, and two dishes we always get are the soft shell crab spider roll (I love the addition of the sweet chilli sauce!) and the Salmon Lover's Roll, with generous slices of sashimi and avocado. The teriyaki chicken is sweet and accompanied with sesame seeds, and the mashed potato salad that comes with many of the sushi dishes is a lovely surprise. Their rice is spot-on.
Value is all right. It's not particularly cheap, but won't empty the wallet either. Lunch was $55 between the three of us, and we still had about five massive pieces of sushi to take home with us, which they helpfully put in a takeaway box for us (which I think was complementary).
Who knew this little plaza existed? Okay maybe the people that use Artarmon railway station every day.
I had dinner with girlfriends here last night and I really enjoyed it. A really casual friendly environment. Nice service, albeit a little slow which is what cost them the star. That said, the waitress, conscious of a small language barrier confirmed our order a couple of times, which I appreciated. Also, given it's location close to Artarmon station, parking can be a bit tricky but not impossible, so factor that into your travel time.
The food was wonderfully tasty and great value the bill for three of us came to $70 in total and we all walked out full.
I'd definitely recommend this place for a cheap, healthy, casual catch up dinner with friends. I'll certainly be back.
Can't go wrong with almost anything on this menu. One of my favourite Japanese places to go to. The fact that it is always filled to capacity with many Japanese patrons says something about it's quality. Everything from the soft shell crab to the sushi dishes are all fantastic.
However their booking system needs improvement, probably due to the high demand. They can make it difficult for you to make bookings, by restricting the times you can actually book.
Even though this place is hidden away in a little corner of Artarmon, people always find it and fill it to the brim. All the time. Prob because the food is some of the tastiest and most affordable Japanese restaurants on the North Shore.
Tucked away in quiet Artarmon, Sushi-Ya is a great,intimate Japanese restaurant serving cheap but delicious authentic food. The service is good and the food comes quickly. Try the ginger chicken and the macadamia ice cream for desert. A meal here can't go wrong.