A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published September 10th 2012
Sushi on a Real Electric Train
I love trying new cuisine, the thrill and delight of discovering a local treasure for the first time. Japanese cuisine is my main weakness as it ticks all the right boxes on the healthy eating scale as well as my personal taste test. It is also one of the few food types which I have not yet mastered in the kitchen.
When I received a recommendation from a friend to try out Sushi Central in Redcliffe, I did not hesitate and was not disappointed. Judging by the long line outside the establishment, I clearly was not the only one.
Set back one street from the picturesque Redcliffe sea front, Sushi Central is not particularly visible or easy to find but the restaurant is hardly ever empty. If you stop by on a Monday night or Tuesday, there is usually a waiting period of around 20-30 minutes due to their very reasonably priced Sushi specials ($2.80 per plate regardless of what you choose).
Sushi Central is very much a part of the social framework of Redcliffe, popular with the locals. Most of their customers are repeat raving fans. Most sushi restaurants have modern conveyor belts nowadays, but Sushi Central keeps its tradition of using an actual toy electric train. The Amtrak train chugs along around the table on railway tracks, modified to carry around the varied, delicious small plates of food.
As the owner has Chinese origins, the restaurant also serves dumplings, fried nibbles and desserts (cheesecakes and chocolate cakes). This is in addition to the staple Japanese fare of salmon nigiri, karaage chicken, yakitori and other types of modern sushi. I especially love the grilled salmon nigiri with sweet Japanese sauce. It goes so well with the 'yum yum' sauce which you have to ask for.
The service is quick and you can order whatever you like from the menu, the chefs will whip it up for you on the spot. There is free green tea and wasabi for customers as well. If you are up for the challenge, you can even try to take the title of most sushi eaten in one sitting. If sushi is not your thing, you can order more substantial hot meals like chicken teriyaki don and Japanese udon from the menu.
It has been my favourite sushi place for at least 10 years but I'm not sure they ever really clean the place, it's really quite grotty. I can't go back as I just can't cope with the uncleanliness. Very sad!