One of the healthy meals you can have is Japanese food, sushi, in particular. Sushi train restaurants provide a quick, convenient healthy meal if you are on a budget. However, most sushi train restaurants have a colour-coded system where the sushi plates are coded with different price tags. It is usually sensible to keep an eye on what you order in case you rack up a big bill.
To be honest, I really dislike the plate-code system. Not only it is distracting, your price-conscious mind will prevent you from trying other interesting sushi.
Sushi Rio strategically overcome this common complaint by offering: "All sushi $3, All day, All night, All the time!" This is Sushi Rio's core business niche and it is proven to be very successful in this price-conscious economy.
It is centrally located in Sydney CBD with a grand illuminating ceiling light and there is usually a line during peak hours. Let me assure you, this is an authentic Japanese sushi train restaurant with energetic vibe and sushi are freshly prepared right in front of you by the sushi masters, and the quality is fairly decent.
There is a menu for you to browse through and know what sushi whiz past in front of you. The specialty here is scallops. There is an order form for you to nominate your preferred sushi dish; otherwise you can just pick anything you fancy from the conveyor.
With affordable uniform pricing and fresh seafood sashimi, it is worth stepping outside of your comfort zone and try something different.
The Green Tea Latte ($4.30) deserves a special mention. This is not just a drink. It is a dessert! It is a generous icy cold drink with a large scoop of green tea ice cream inside, topped with fresh cream and Japanese sweet red beans.
This is a lovely delicious green tea beverage & ice cream combined into one. A really good refreshing dink I highly recommend.. It is not on the standard menu but just mention it to the waitstaff, they will bring it to you.
This soft shell crab hand roll is full of flavour with freshly deep fried soft shell crab wrapped in roasted seaweed. The batter coating is light and crisp and not too oily. Together with lettuce, cucumber, avocado and Japanese mayonnaise, this is one hand roll you want to have over and over again.
This seared-scallop is absolutely divine. If you enjoy scallops, Sushi Rio will not disappoint. This is one of the best scallop sushi in Sydney.
The scallops are perfectly seared with the blowtorch, while the inside is still fresh & raw. Together with the small dollop of Japanese mayonnaise, the scallops taste fresh, juicy and plump. The taste is simply amazing.
This is a new dish to me. The menu gives it a star and a heart symbol, which denote popularity. Almost no one heard of this sushi, so I give it a go. Engawa is part of flounder's fin and this nigiri tastes buttery soft with a slight crunch and a pleasant distinctive taste.
Engawa is considered rare because there is only one strip of fin on the flounder. So when you can get 2 pieces for a mere $3, it is a bargain.
The salmon are lightly grilled on the surface. It is still served rare at the centre which makes the contrasting textures quite pleasing. A hint of chili spices are sprinkled on top to intensify the flavour but it is not chili hot. A popular choice.
Overall, Sushi Rio provides good-value, great quality sushi in Sydney. I frequent this place and I am pretty happy with the consistency of service and sushi quality. It is a popular dining venue and it is definitely worth visiting.
Whatever you eat, be sure not to miss out on the amazing soft shell crab hand rolls!