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J-Shinsen @ Indooroopilly Shopping Centre

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by Damsel Martin (subscribe)
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Published September 29th 2013
Fish roe in all the colours of the rainbow
Tucked away behind an unassuming facade at the edge of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre's Level 3 food court is a restaurant that dispenses pearls of wisdom.

Yes, really. Thousands of them, every day - small, crunchy red balls of tobiko (flying fish roe), glistening black caviar (sturgeon roe) and globes of ikura (salmon roe), like miniature blood moons.

I call them pearls of wisdom, for (I'm told) fish roe is one of nature's richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, reportedly fabulous for boosting brain function, lowering blood cholesterol and defending against everything from dementia to diabetes.

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Ikura rainbow rolls are regular revolvers on the J-Shinsen sushi train. Author image.


And if the promised health benefits aren't enough to lure you through the doors of J-Shinsen Sushi and Japanese Cuisine, your tastebuds will surely convince you.

This is a seriously delicious sushi train which you'll be keen to climb aboard.

Think jumbo seared scallops, raw salmon slices, pink-hued octopus, spicy squid, sea urchin, steaming sweet pork buns and rice topped with tangled nests of seaweed. Raw prawns dusted with green tobiko are another of my favourites.

This is not a sushi train for purists. There are significant concessions to Western tastes (including, but not limited to, the tiramisu dessert which seems oddly out of place as it does the rounds). But then again, the food doesn't come drenched in mayonnaise like you see at some other sushi train destinations.

There's a great deal from 7-9pm each day (8-10pm on Thursdays), when everything on the sushi train is $3.50. And a tip: if you're there on a Tuesday night, pick up a cheap Tuesday movie ticket to round out your bargain-busting. There's an Event Cinemas right upstairs.

J-Shinsen is a small, sliver of a restaurant which has counter-style seating around the sushi train, but also a small number of Western style tables for those who'd prefer to order a la carte.

sushi train indooroopilly roll
The wheels on the train ... J-Shinsen Indooroopilly. Author image.

Diners who prefer hot food will find the menu features all the favourites you'd expect - gyoza, assorted tempura, teriyaki chicken and chicken karaage.

Desserts include rice cakes, fried bananas and green tea ice-cream... and sweetened potato if that's the sort of thing that appeals.

All in all, I'd suggest it's the perfect combination of fast food and good health.
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Why? Scallops and salmon seared to perfection
When: Lunch and dinner daily, from 10am
Phone: 07 3878 6898
Where: Shop FC1, Level 3, Food Court Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Indooroopilly, Queensland, Australia 4068
Cost: From $3.50
Your Comment
It's good to provide dinning for all tastes. Some people may be interested in trying sushi or a sushi, but if it is their first time and not used to the train format, it can be a bit intimidating, and put them off. This way, you can sort of ease into the experience.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11556) 1531 days ago
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