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Published November 22nd 2012
'Irashaimase' is what you will be greeted with as you walk through the doors at Sushi Bay at Charlestown, which means 'welcome to the store'. This Japanese sushi restaurant is quite a delight with the food served up on a conveyor belt which goes around the whole restaurant show casing a massive variety of freshly made nigiri, sushi rolls, seafood ships, temaki, sashimi, maki, deep fried octopus balls, bean paste cakes, fresh fruit and so much more.
The service is an authentic experience with most staff being Japanese and the food that is ordered via the wait staff is yelled out to the chef in Japanese. Oh what an experience… for a moment it actually feels like you are in Japan and I half expect meat cleavers and whole fish to start being thrown around.
The restaurant is designed so that diners are facing the conveyor of plated yumminess. There are booths also available and are perfect for small get togethers or for families and there are plenty on high chairs for sushi eating toddlers. The atmosphere is great, with the chefs busy working in the middle of the restaurant; you are able to watch sushi masters at work.
The food plates are colour coded with the cheapest starting at $2.50 and dearest at $7.00. The food available is definitely for seafood lovers, but there are plenty of vegetarian choices. I recommend you try the takoyaki (octopus balls), fresh sashimi and the red bean paste rice cakes – my kids are addicted to these. It is easy to pile up the plates due to the endless variety and the curiosity of what the next plate will taste like. It is all very tempting.