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Published August 30th 2016
The best Lemon Lime and Bitters in town
Sushi lovers should be happy that another sushi restaurant has opened in town and offers something different and worthy of anticipation. Sushi Bar Genki on Gouger Street features new and interesting dishes for the adventurous, but also offers the sushi staples that sushi lovers and kids appreciate. Our bill was ninety-five dollars which wasn't too bad considering how well fed and watered we were.
Sushi Bar Genki was opened by Shozo Ikeda, who also opened the Genki Roll outlet in the David Jones food court and has now opened the Ramen & Izakaya Himeji on Grote Street. The cute frontage is a little like Sushi Train, as is the "Irasshaimase!"group welcome chanted by the staff when you enter, though you quickly feel you're in a different brand of sushi restaurant once you are inside and seated. The style of the décor is muted and the music is lounge bar classic. It feels quite relaxing as you sit down and watch the colourful sushi rolls glide by on the train.
It's then you notice the I-pad on the table and the unique ordering system that sets this place apart. The kids LOVE this! And we love it too. The whole menu is available on the I-pad in an easy to use touchscreen system which features big buttons, easy layout and menu item customisation where needed. The kids can order their favourite tuna salad sushi instantly and it's on the table before I've had time to get my sauce, ginger and wasabi bowl sorted out. The train glides past with colourful selections from the menu. The maki sushi made with yellow coloured soy paper and brown rice are unique to Sushi bar Genki, and really stand out. On the night we visited we noted the train was a little lacking in variety, but given you can order a la carte this isn't a practical issue, more of an aesthetic one.
The menu features waters, wines, a couple of beers and ciders, sake, ramune, juices and the best lemon, lime and bitters in town. Do try the LLB, it's fresh and zingy, and comes served in a cute pot-style glass.
The chicken karaage is crisp and served with a mayo of your choice. Try the mentai mayo with the chicken karaage, it has a kick to it but not too much. The pork gyoza (dumplings) are a perfect example of how a dumpling should be; plump and soft, with a delicately crispy side. The fisherman's miso soup is a standard here for me, although tonight it was served with a crab claw and a prawn, rather than the scampi it normally features. I found it a little messy to head and peel a wet prawn and crabs aren't my thing. Still, the fish balls and salmon belly/wing in the soup were excellent. The tempura camembert is certainly tempting, but it's super rich and perhaps better shared.
We selected seaweed salad, yakitori chicken skewers and chicken and avocado rolls from the train on this visit and were happy with all of them. They will reheat any dish on the train that you feel needs to be hotter.
We ordered the ice creams for desert. The green tea ice cream had a little sweet punch to it, the black sesame ice cream is hard to describe but the savory/sweet taste is on point, and the mango ice cream was happily devoured by the kids although none of us are really keen on the red bean paste served with it.
Sushi Bar Genki is open every day for lunch and dinner at 163 Gouger Street.