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Published November 23rd 2016
Cheap food, high quality, fast service
I've noticed that recently there's been a lot of new sushi stores opening up in Sydney, which is why it's always exciting when another one comes along. For people who live on the North Shore, Sushi Boat is apparently at least the fifth sushi shop in this suburb, but I gotta say, it's pretty damn good for what it is. Not that I'm a sushi connoisseur or anything, but my friend who lived in Japan for 5 years recommended this place to me, so I had to try it.
Conveniently located right next to Gordon train station, Sushi Boat is open until late at night every day, which means that it would be a popular joint for people who are coming home late at night. Unfortunately they don't have a website as of yet, so I can't tell you the exact times, but it's still useful to just try your luck.
Like a lot of other sushi train places, Sushi Boat offers two dining options- sitting near the train where you can just grab everything you fancy, or sitting on one of the table service tables. Either way, this place was very spacious and had plenty of seats, so nobody misses out. On that particular night, my friend and I decided to sit on one of those non-train tables. We were immediately attended to by one of the friendly waitresses.
Sushi Boat's interior is definitely worth noticing as it kept my friend and I many things to talk about while we waited for our food (which wasn't a long wait, anyway). Snapshots of history, language culture, food culture, art, tradition. Everything that people obsesses over Japan can be seen here.
I went for a Chicken Karaage Udon ($11.80). For someone like me who doesn't eat very much, it was the perfect amount of food. The udon was very soft and bouncy. I loved the texture like that! The broth was also not too strong, so I was able to finish it all (which is actually a surprise as many places make it all too strong and overpower the flavours of all the foods inside the bowl). There were also generous amounts of the meat and vegetable. While it wasn't an outstanding dish, I would say it was of a very high quality considering how much you're paying.
My friend had a Chicken Katsu Donburi ($10.50). He liked how the crisp on the chicken wasn't thicker than the chicken pieces themselves. There was also a good balance between each elements of the dish- the rice, the salad and chicken. Although, I was concerned that the dish might not have been enough for him, because he had obliterated the dish in under five minutes.