Kintaro Sushi at the corner of Hindley Street and Leigh Street is the sixth branch to be opened in Adelaide. The first five are located at Tea Tree Plaza, Norwood, Noarlunga, Brickworks and Elizabeth. This latest branch has already proved to be popular with the office workers in the area at lunchtime when it is common to see a long line of customers waiting for a seat.
Ordering their sushi is much like the system at other sushi train restaurants around Adelaide. You simply pick any dish that you desire from a conveyer belt. If the variety that you want is not available on the belt, or if you fail to get a seat next to the conveyer belt, you can place an order. Among the unique offerings at Kintaro were Aburi Duck Nigiri, which had a tender fillet of grilled duck, and Tempura Tofu Roll, which had a generous topping of tempura batter as a contrast to the soft tofu.
Aburi Duck Nigiri (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Tempura Tofu Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The "standard" offerings of sushi were also enjoyable to eat. The Tamago Nigiri had a fluffy omelette topping that had a slightly sweet taste, and the Inari included some nori in the rice to provide a bit of extra flavour. Their Spicy Chicken and Cucumber Roll had enough spicy mayonnaise to give the dish a bit of kick. Pickled ginger, soy sauce and wasabi are available if you like to add extra flavour to your sushi.
Spicy Chicken and Cucumber Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Tamago Nigiri (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Inari (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Sushi is not the only dishes you can select from the "sushi train". You can also pick from among a selection of small savoury dishes. To our delight, the Spicy Karaage we chose was still warm and the crisp coating set off the succulent flesh well. There was a generous dusting of chili powder to provide a delectable spicy taste.
Spicy Karaage (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those not in the mood for sushi, Kintaro Sushi also offers a selection of hot dishes. Both their Teriyaki Salmon and Teriyaki Chicken were cooked just right, with the taste of the sauce for the chicken being stronger compared to the salmon. The teriyaki sauce also soaked slightly into the rice, turning it into flavoursome rice.
The Karaage Chicken in their Karaage Chicken Rice was of the same quality as their Spicy Karaage. The topping of Okonomiyaki sauce and Japanese mayonnaise gave the dish a delightful sweet-savoury flavour. All their rice dishes came with a small salad and cucumber for some freshness and Japanese pickles to add a bit of tanginess.
Karaage Chicken Rice (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Ordering their noodle soup dishes is done by choosing your desired base (udon, ramen or soba) followed by your main ingredient. Their soba noodles were cooked to al dente and the broth had a subtle umami flavour. The dish also included corn kernels to add a bit of texture. For the main ingredient, we chose Spick Karaage, which we asked to be served separately so its crispiness would not be marred by the broth.
Spicy Karaage Soba (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Compared to the soba, the Udon noodles were thicker giving the dish a bit of a chewier texture. The Teriyaki Beef we chose for the dish was cooked to perfection and its inclusion in the dish gave the broth its distinctive flavour.
Teriyaki Beef Udon (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant gave it a comfortable and casual feel. There is a choice of seating next to the sushi train for easy access to the sushi or booth seating overlooking Leigh Street. Its location at Leigh Street makes it a convenient place for office workers and students in the Adelaide CBD to enjoy sushi.