Eating, drinking and finding fun different things to do in Brisbane is what I enjoy - now I plan on writing about it too ;)
Published October 3rd 2011
Sushi has picked up somewhat of a cult following in Brisbane in the last few years. If you have ever been to Adelaide Street at lunch time on a weekday, you will see what I'm talking about - a mile long line of people waiting at only one of the many sushi places there are in the city. Sushi Train at Indooroopilly is always crowded, so I decided I needed to check if they were onto a good thing.
Located in the Indooroopilly Junction on Coonan Street, I jostled my way into the store with my friend in tow and realised immediately that Sunday lunchtime was never going to be a quiet occasion. We sat patiently waiting for seats to become free, as more and more people flowed in through the doors. The chefs were working madly and methodically putting up fresh dishes onto the 'train' that snakes around the room enticing the customers with their appearance and smells.
As we sat down elbow to elbow with chopsticks at the ready, it didn't take long to realise why this place was so incredibly popular. With a large variety of fresh and satisfying sushi ingredients like tender eel, crab or teriyaki chicken, the hardest part was deciding what to eat first. Some other options include hot grilled gyoza (Japanese dumplings) with a delicious combination of flavours in a sweet soy or takoyaki (octopus balls) with a creamy texture that melts in your mouth. The prices start at $3 per plate and go up to as much as $8 per plate. Cold and hot drinks were also available for a reasonable price, including refreshing Japanese iced teas for $2.50. Tempting little desserts also parade along in front of you if you feel like something sweet after your still wiping the tasty sauce from your mouth.
If you have never been to a sushi train before, it is the concept of trying a variety of scrumptious, healthy fast foods that you can see before you buy which makes this such a success. The only issue is trying to stop once you get started. If you can't stay away, become a member for $3 and every $2 you spend adds a point to your card which can be redeemed as discounts off your next meal. As we wandered out of there with deliriously full bellies, we exchanged a knowing glance with the line of waiting customers that confirmed the wait was worth it.