I have an unhealthy obsession with sushi at the moment. Sushi train ticks most of my boxes.
The one in Newtown is a bit crowded at times, so usually I'll either do take away or try to get there later in the afternoon or earlier in the morning before the midday rush begins.
Other than that, the food is pretty much on par with what most sushi places offer and I am totally in love with their mayonnaise. It's unholy.
The staff have always been friendly and efficient every time I visit, which is usually at least once a week.
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. The 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 s ex. 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.read more