Sushi Gogoro is a sushi train restaurant, located in The Courtyard at Stockland Green Hills Shopping Centre, East Maitland. The Courtyard has 15 eateries to choose from including Burger Urge, Guzman Y Gomez, Hong Kong Chef, Kinn Thai Restaurant, Lees Kitchen, Rashays, Tella Balls Dessert Bar, TGI Fridays and Yoghurtland.
My family and I love a sushi train, so when we went to The Courtyard for lunch, we couldn't walk past this busy, popular sushi restaurant. We all love to eat sushi, but our daughter particularly loves the excitement of watching the colourful plates and delicacies go by. On our visit, we were warmly welcomed in, shown to 3 empty seats by the train and then left to sit and choose what we wanted. The menu on the table showed that the cheapest plates to choose from on the train were the yellow plates at $3.50 each, then blue at $4, and then various colours up to black plates for $8. It wasn't long before we started pulling off our first plates...
Diners sit around the outside of the sushi train and there is a walkway down the middle, where you can watch the staff members make the sushi and put more plates on the train. It is a hive of activity as plates are taken off the line and more are added, with hungry diners watching all the action and waiting for their favourite item to come along. In between each type of sushi, there are signs to help you choose, such as "Vegetarian", "Large Rolls", "Black Rice" and "Dessert". See the menu below - click on large image for a closer look at the options.
It is very easy to keep pulling plates off a sushi train, however, it does start to add up in price by the end of the meal. We were impressed with the cheaper yellow and blue plates that we selected - with each one melting in the mouth with tangy sauces, crunchy toppings and hits of mild chilli on the tongue.
On our weekend lunchtime visit, there were families, couples, groups of friends and diners sitting on their own, typing on their phones or watching the train go by. It is a restaurant that can be enjoyed by everyone, for both lunch and dinner or anytime in between. It is also popular for those who are going to watch a movie upstairs at Hoyts, as a "date night" or to catch up with friends before and after the movie.
For us, it was an enjoyable, healthy lunch before we looked around the shops and spent the afternoon indoors, on a rainy weekend in the Hunter region. As soon as we left, our daughter asked when we were going back again - which is always a good sign when dining out with kids...
Family friendly dining and colourful entertainment at Sushi Gogoro