Tetsujin is a Japanese restaurant located on the on the Level 4 of the Emporium Melbourne. If you are visiting Melbourne for the day, it is not a place you will find meandering around the shops. There are no shops on the 4th floor only restaurants, above the 3rd level cafe court. So for those in the know, this is the best place to go for fresh sushi. Unfortunately, there are obviously a few people in the know as when we arrived around 6pm with sore feet from a day of shopping there was already a half-hour wait for a table. But before you become discouraged I'm here to tell you that it's well worth the wait.
High above street level, this sushi is worth the wait
There are high stools around a central area, and others looking out over the streetscape. There are also more traditional tables that sit groups of four with lower chairs for those that find the higher stools uncomfortable or who wish to engage in more conversation with friends.
You can order a la carte off the computer menu and it will be delivered directly to you seat or you can choose what you want from the great variety of individually portioned plates from the train itself.
The colour of the plates indicates the price of the dish, when you leave the count the various coloured dished to determine the cost of the meal, and then add any items that you've ordered electronically including the cocktails.
Tetsujin is also a BBQ restaurant, the two dining areas are separated by the kitchen area. I didn't eat in this section this time and after inquiring discovered that booking is required if you want to secure a table so I've added it to my to-do list for next time; either way, I was not disappointed with my sushi train experience.