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Published April 20th 2016
Sushi gets a makeover with a gourmet twist
Sushi gets a welcome makeover at Sushi With A Twist - the Harmony Tatar
Taking sushi to another level, this newcomer to Woollahra's eat-street offers traditional sushi with polish and pizazz. This is the high-end of sushi - dishes that would fit as comfortably into a five star dining experience as they do here.
Tempting both the eye and the palate each course is a showcase of visual artistry and culinary innovation. Exquisite sauces and flavour combinations are behind the magic here. The biggest issue is what to choose given your stomach can only accommodate so much. Decisions. Decisions.
The veggie chips are a collage of thin slices enhanced with a crumble of salt granules and feta cheese. Yes please. Delicate, light and crunchy they leave plenty of room in your gut for the next course.
Veggie chips - lighter and more exotic than the name implies.
My carnivorous other half stares almost prayerfully at the Tuna Tataki, an artful assemblage of seared tuna, avocado, cherry tomato and lotus chip. When your meal looks like art it can feel like sacrilege to dismantle it with your chopsticks. Once in your mouth there's no regrets. And, never mind, there's more to devour. Like the Harmony tatar - a creation of salmon belly and scallop in a tantalising wasabi citrus dressing.
These dishes offer a contemporary twist on sushi as does The Lion King. It's not a movie, but a creamy, flavoursome concoction of crab, cream cheese, salmon and fried leek.
Ordered from the kitchen, the simply named Mushroom Salad features three types of mushrooms in a divine sauce. It's proof one can abstain from seafood and enjoy sushi too. No need to rely on those boring California rolls here.
But my fave is the Nasu Dengaku - tender pieces of cooked eggplant in a sweet miso sauce. Vegetarians can also select the Agadeshi Tofu, Baby Avocado or Cucumber Sushi rolls, salty or spicy Edamame (green soy beans in the pod), Green Warm Salad or the Seaweed Lover Salad.
There are the usual sushi mainstays - like the sashimi, avocado, prawn or cucumber rolls plus gyoza, tempura and sashimi.
Enhanced with a fringe of sesame seeds that add flavour bursts in the mouth, the Cooked Tuna Sushi rolls are surprising in a delightful way. Fresh, creamy and flavoursome it's a cut above the standard offerings found in subways and food malls.
An earthenware tray of dipping sauces offers a dollop of wasabe mayonnaise, soy with garlic and chilli sauce. These enhance the flavours of the meals and are so good, we're mopping them up with our fingers.
Fish-shaped lights hover over the train as it circles around a lovely, wooden bench, the dim lighting adding to a cosy vibe. Keep your eye out for dessert as we're told Sushi With A Twist has plans to introduce dessert to the menu. For sweet-tooths, currently ice-cream is available.
However, the meals are best enjoyed slowly with a healthful green tea in one of the rustic earthenware cups. Light and packed with delicate flavours, a meal here leaves you pleasantly satiated but not uncomfortably full. The joy of the sushi train is you can decide when it's time to get off.
Sushi with a Twist sits comfortably amongst Woollahra's stylish Queen Street precinct. Sure to fill a gap in the sushi train experience, Sushi With A Twist will appeal to lovers of Japanese fare and is suitable for a snazzy date, catching up with friends or a bite on the run.