My friends know me well. “Jacq!”, said Queen Chu, “there’s a new sushi train near Chatswood Chase – lets go check it out!” Queen Chu loves food just as much as I do so without delay we went in our post-uni-exam bliss to eat sushi to our heart’s content.
We were greeted with the coolness of stainless steel decor and the waitresses directed us to some seats at the bench. We watched the plates of sushi go by on the train and the first thing we noticed was how big the serving sizes were! Giant slices of fish and sushi bursting with more than substantial fillings were going past our eyes and we couldn’t wait to dig in. (And I also couldn’t wait to take photos with my new DSLR camera =D)
The chicken katsu inside out roll came with three pieces of sushi on the plate which is quite different since most places have only two. It had two pieces of succulent fried chicken inside the roll with a sliver of cucumber for some refreshing coolness. The salmon nigiri was very fresh and the slice of fish was larger than you see in most sushi trains.
Queen Chu ordered a tempura prawn hand roll which she said was very fresh – the tempura and seaweed still crunchy and not soggy from the rice. Queen Chu is somewhat renowned within our group of friends for leaving food behind if it’s not to her taste (she has a very refined palate which comes from her mum not liking her to “mix flavours” LOL) but she cleaned this one up which is a very good sign!
She also ordered the agedashi tofu which is a favourite of hers and she also approved of this with the starchy batter not being too thick and the tofu being smooth and silken.
Being the scallop fiend I am, I ordered the aburi scallop sushi because I can’t not have scallops when I see them and also to compare with Sushi Sagunja’s bargain $2.50 aburi scallops. I have to say that although these were good, they didn’t have that aromatic smokey flavour and there just wasn’t enough of that sweet sauce to go with it. Sushi Sagunja wins hands down in terms of value and quality.
Lastly I grabbed a plate of the soft shell crab sushi in the hope for some deep fried crunchy goodness. The pieces of sushi were large and the amount of soft shell crab was very generous. Sadly when I bit into the sushi there was no resounding crunch from the batter, which was quite disappointing.
Being in Chatswood which is already littered with sushi trains we couldn’t help but shamelessly compare this newcomer to the more well-established places. We mostly found that this place had bigger serving sizes than most other sushi trains but were priced similarly to Makoto for somewhat lower quality and less varity. It seems as though the made-to-order items were much better than the ones sitting on the train, and although we probably didn’t sample enough of their menu to adequately judge, next time I’d probably go to another place for my sushi fix.
345 Victoria Ave
Chatswood NSW 2067
Ph: +61 2 9410 2777
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