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Published November 29th 2017
One of Sydney's Best Japanese Restaurants
Sophisticated vibes, Japanese food and intimate dining, Sushi E
Looking for a fancy place to dine this weekend? I have a great recommendation where you can eat, have a drink and watch some live music or dance.
Located on Level 4 of the Establishment on George Street, Sushi E is one of Sydney's best gems in Japanese cuisine. From the food, atmosphere and service, this restaurant is definitely one to memo down for special occasions.
Situated on an entire level of its own, Sushi E contains two dining spaces, one that offers a more traditional dining experience around the marble bar, where you can watch the Itame (sushi chef) prepare sashimi and sushi, giving you a complete view. The other a more intimate vibe, in the The Hemmesphere Lounge, where you can cosy up next to your partner or special guest – side by side in comfy lounges, eat, and watch the band play live music. As a regular to Sushi E, I have experienced both forms of dining and can attest that both experiences are fantastic and just vary to your mood or preference.
The menu itself contains a variety of dishes from traditional items of miso and sushi to some contemporary ones such as lettuce cups with tempura. The chefs behind Sushi E, have truly taken care of every little detail in each of the dishes. From the presentation, to the flavours of each ingredient, and portion for price, you will leave only wanting to go back.
As a sashimi lover, I could not resist the Large Sashimi Platter, which contains 18 pieces of raw fish, from tuna, salmon, john dory, snapper, kingfish and ruby fish. The cuts of fish were so fresh and firm that they just melt so smoothly in your mouth. With the freshness of the fish, the tang from the ginger and the heat from the wasabi, you'll be ready for the next dish.
If you are a wasabi fan, don't be shy to ask for extra, but if you are just trying it out, I suggest mixing only a dot or dab of it in your mixing plate with a larger portion of soy sauce, otherwise it will go straight through your nose and up to your head.
Anticipating the next dish, the Tuna Tataki - this dish contained seared tuna, spicy yuzu, purple shiso and micro salad. Every element on this dish synergised so succinctly together, that leaves you feeling as if each bite you take is not enough. I definitely recommend ordering this, especially if you are trying to choose between all the tuna options. Though as you can see here from my experience, Sushi E has a variety of tuna dishes, yet each of them taste so different and leave a different impression on your taste buds.
Next, for some more tuna, it was the Tuna Ceviche, because who doesn't love ceviche? In comparison to the Tuna Tataki, that comprised of a much lighter and sweeter taste, the Tuna Ceviche was bursting with freshness from the raw tuna, tang from the citrus, spice from the jalapeno, that was then topped off with the crispness of the coriander.
After both variations of tuna, another delectable dish from the menu is the Balmain Bug Lettuce Cup. This appetiser, is something you definitely need to try, and I assure you, you will not be able to just eat one, so order at least two each, if there are two of you. It is comprised of tempura bug tail, lettuce leaf, avocado, spicy mayonnaise and onion soy flying fish roe – and if you are even enticed by these words here, just imagine the taste and texture as you bite into the lettuce cup.
To complete these wonderful dishes, my partner and I tried the signature Establishment Uramaki Roll (inside out), which is probably your more traditional roll of tuna, avocado, mayo and cucumber.
With such great service by the hosts at Sushi E, dining at Sushi E is relaxing and perfect, especially for the special date night or birthday occasion. They even offer seating areas of larger lounges and stools with low coffee-styled tables for groups. It's almost as if you are fine dining in your own home, with your own very host.
If you are like me and want to savour your evening after dinner, you can sit with your glass of wine and watch the band play. Though, another perk to Sushi E, is that not only does it allow you to get dressed up and take some nice photos, there is even an outdoor area with an adjacent bar, where you can sit and talk, before heading back inside. Better yet, you can even extend your evening downstairs with a few more drinks and a bit of a dance at the Establishment nightclub. Though if you have had too much to drink or are coming into town for a night away, the Establishment is also a hotel, which you can book to stay. Merivale offers discounts on parking rates if you book directly with them.
Now, as these perks only contribute to the entire dining experience at Sushi E, it is definitely the food that is Sushi E's winning point. Did I mention that they have been awarded with 1 Hat since 2016 by the Sydney Morning Herald? Being a fancy place to dine, you can expect to pay an average of $250-$300 for two people, really depending on how much and what you order, but it is definitely worth it.
Order, sit back, eat and relax.
You can follow this link to make an online reservation or if you prefer you can call, 9114 7314, and you can ask to either be seated by the marble bar or at The Hemmesphere Lounge.