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Published August 20th 2017
Get your sushi fix here
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Koinobori decorating the shop

Melbourne harbours many sushi stalls and shops, of which the most famous are the Sushi Sushi chains. However, hidden away in a corner of an alley on Toorak Road, you will find Sushi Gallery; a sushi eatery that prides itself on quality food with a relaxed atmosphere. Look out for the lime green protruding roof decorated with cloth fish - these carp streamers, or Koinobori, are symbolic for high spirits and liveliness.

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Full of mouthwatering sushi

Parking is tricky during peak times as the only parking available is on-street, although you could turn into the smaller streets in the vicinity.

As I walk into the little shop (it is no bigger than a bedroom), row upon row of delicious looking hand rolls greet the hungry buyer. Within these glass display cabinets, there are varieties of sushi ranging from the well-known salmon hand roll to the lesser known duck hand roll. Atop the display case sits an assortment of bottled drinks which you can purchase to complement your meal.

The store is very busy with lots of sushi leaving its doors every minute - usually takeaway. If you wish to dine-in, you can do so at the window bar table or in the outdoor seating. The shop gets their fish from Oceania Seafoods daily.

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From left to right: Salmon Aburi, Melting Duck Fancy, Soft Shell Crab, Black Rice Prawn, Alaska Fancy

For $7.90, you can get a deal of four pieces of hand rolls - they usually cost between $2.20 and $2.70 apiece.

I went for the Salmon Aburi, Melting Duck Fancy, Soft Shell Crab, Black Rice Prawn, and Alaska Fancy. The glistening fish looked very tantalising indeed.

If I were to recommend one roll to try, it would have to be the Alaska Fancy no doubt. The salmon paired with the soy sauce based dressing was full in flavour and fresh to the taste buds. The generous portion of salmon within the roll itself added to the succulent texture.

The duck roll was a peculiar one - recommended for adventurous eaters, definitely. It features mango - that's right, the fruit. That came as a bit of a shock but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Use the ginger to cleanse your palate between different sushi

Complimentary pickled ginger is available as you require as is wasabi and soy sauce.

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Hot tea to warm you up

In addition to their sushi, you can also buy lunch bowls (donburi), which is very convenient for the rushing shopper. Various teas and miso soup is also sold here.

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From Howl's Moving Castle by Studio Ghibli

Last but not least, the cute decorations from the Studio Ghibli animated films really liven the place up and gives character to a wonderful sushi hub.

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Japanese culture decor
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Why? Delicious sushi thoughtfully made
When: Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 7.00pm; Saturday: 10.00am – 3.00pm; Sunday: Open on special requests
Phone: (03) 9090 7006
Where: Shop 4 - 493 Toorak Road, Toorak, VIC 3142
Cost: $2.20-$2.70 per piece
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