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Published June 29th 2017
A visual dining experience with fresh quality Japanese food
Situated next to ANZ on 1 Chifley Square is Sushi Tei, an authentic modern Japanese restaurant which attracts a crowd of students and professionals.
We visited Sushi Tei on a relatively quiet Thursday night where we were seated by the window, with the two two-person tables either side of us engaging in busy chatter. There was no-one seated at the sushi train in the centre.
We were quickly given our menus and some loose brochures, indicating some of the seasonal specials. The menu was a feat in itself, taking up almost half of the table space left for us. It was beautifully presented with images which brought about some audible stomach grumbling. There was a spectacular variety of sushi choices from sashimi to nigiri.
For someone like me, confounded by choice, I went to the house specialty page (I mean, it is hard to go wrong with what is recommended). We ordered the Sushi Sashimi Combination Plate which was wonderfully colourful and full of variety from tuna sashimi to flying fish roe sushi and octopus.
We then ordered the SanShoku Salmon Nigiri Sushi, which was a choice made simply because I wanted to see how it would look, compared to its picture in the menu. Not as nice, I must admit but I am, nonetheless, a big fan of flying fish roe in its assorted colours (here, it was green, black and orange). There was a generous amount of roe on each of the salmon-wrapped rice bites.
To top it all off, we ordered an extra maguro (tuna sashimi) in case we wanted more than what was on the combination plate.
The salmon and tuna sashimi was fresh and thickly cut. The salmon sashimi was by far the highlight of the combination plate. I was not entirely convinced by the kingfish sashimi, which was probably the one thing I would not have had if I could order again.
Sushi Tei was more of a visual dining experience with a dose of tasty and fresh sashimi highlights. It was reasonably priced, perhaps slightly on a higher end, for the quality of the food which was definitely fulfilling.