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