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Sushi Train - Newtown

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by Rota (subscribe)
Still out and about
Published January 7th 2017
Take a ride on the Sushi Train
I love a bit of sushi, but strangely I had never actually been to a proper sushi train. Deciding it was time to change that I settled upon one with glowing ratings in Newtown - a mere 2 minutes walk from the train station.

Suitably it was called 'Sushi Train'.

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Cute seaweed coloured sauce dishes


Although Sushi Train is located along the busy main drag of King Street, it still feels cosy and comfortable once you are inside and seated. Being such a popular spot there can be a wait. I probably waited around 10 minutes on a weekday night at dinner time, so that's not too bad.

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A nice vibe


The feel of the place is informal and relaxing. But at the same time feels dynamic with the ever-revolving conveyor belt and the chefs preparing fresh morsels in full view of patrons.

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A casual setting


There are lots of options on the 'train' and I preferred to just wait and watch for a little before making my first selection. However, despite careful observation, you may still find it difficult to identify some of the dishes.

Luckily each place at the table is furnished with a menu which helps you to determine what each dish is. This is especially helpful for those who, like me maybe looking in particular for veggie options.

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The Vegetarian menu


Under their vegetarian options, they have some old favourites like cucumber rolls, but also some less common offerings like asparagus and avocado rolls, and pickled gourd rolls.

If you would like gluten-free soy you can request that, and a number of their rolls are gluten-free. Check out the whole Sushi Train, Newtown menu and allergen advice for specific dishes.

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Plain inari


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Seaweed ships


All the dishes were delightful and full of that delicate flavour and moreish quality that typifies well-made sushi.

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Asparagus and avocado rolls


Another way to select your dishes is according to the colour of the plates, as this indicates their price. If you are on a budget aim for the white plates which are priced the lowest.

Of course, there is a whole range of other dishes as well including miso soup, rice and you can even order party platters.



You will find that you are provided with a lot of little extras at your seating area at no extra charge - soy sauce, wasabi, teriyaki sauce, pickled ginger, wet wipes and of course chopsticks.

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Plenty of condiments


The serving staff will take drinks orders or you can just ask for water. They have soft drinks as well as alcohol, including sake.

There are even desserts on the train which is a nice extra in case you want to go all out.

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Sweet treats amongst the savoury


I had four vegetable dishes and it cost me $13.00 - a really cheap but filling dinner. A must-visit if you are in Sydney on a budget. Just note, however, that there is a minimum order of $6.00 per person.

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Become a member


Sushi Train is in fact a chain store of sushi restaurants with stores across Australia and in New Zealand. There are currently 10 stores in Sydney but note that not all are licensed to serve alcohol.

If sushi is something you eat frequently, you might want to join the Sushi Train VIP program and receive points on your purchases.
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Why? For delicious reasonably-priced sushi
When: Sunday to Thursday: 11.30 am–10 pm, Friday and Saturday 11.30 am–10.30 pm
Phone: 61 2 9557 4435
Where: 316 King St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
Cost: Plates begin at $3.00
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Great article, congrats on the award. Sushi trains are fun, interactive
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