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Published June 21st 2012
I love Japanese food especially when sushi and sashimi are dipped in soy sauce with a flavour of wasabi. Additionally, I enjoy watching the art of sushi-making in the live sushi kitchen. So, dining at Japanese restaurant is a great delight to me. In my humble opinion, here are my top picks for you to enjoy the Japanese taste in the heart of city.
1. Sushi Tei
Sushi Tei offers the intricacies of sushi and sashimi in a wide assortment – they are delicious, creative and freshly-made. During the week, a lot of office workers come to this restaurant as it is located in the central business district. The interior is stylish, spacious and modern, offering you a welcoming atmosphere. You can watch the chefs using their culinary skills to prepare the food. The price is a bit pricy but their taste and freshness are just superb.
Nestled in the heart of shopping area, Sushi Hotaru is another great Japanese dining place that offers a wide variety of Sushi. You can either pick the dishes from the long conveyor belt or order the dishes at your table seat. The price is a bit premium but the food quality is reasonably good. After you have finished the meal, you can enjoy the fun of shopping as QVB and Westfield are at the doorsteps.
Where: The Galleries Victoria, Level 1, 500 George St
3. Umi Sushi and Udon
Established in the Darling Quarter precinct, Umi Sushi and Udon is relatively a new sushi restaurant with the design drawing from the traditional Kyoto-style, offering you an atmosphere of going back to the historic days of old Japan. In contrast to other sushi restaurants which are normally very bright in setting, this place uses black as the core colour for the shop, offering you a unique ambience. The restaurant will certainly whet your appetite as there is a great selection of sushi. Special price is offered for sushi dishes from Monday to Thursday at the moment, and so this will be a great opportunity for trial.
As its name suggests, its freshly-made udon is also the shop specialty. Additionally, this is a family friendly dining place as high chairs are available for toddlers. Adjacent to the shop, a big playground is just at the doorsteps to entertain your kids after the meal.
When: Open daily 11.30am – 10.30pm (Operating hours may change. Please check with the shop)
Where: Shop TR-10, Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour Street
4. Sushi Roll
Next on my list is Sushi Roll. Located in the World Square, the restaurant is surrounded by a number of different shops. I have been dining at this restaurant for a few years and I find that the freshness and taste of sushi and sashimi are consistently great. If you can't find your favourite dishes on the conveyor belt, you can simply order them and the sushi chef will make them for you. It is a place where you will find good value for money.
Where: Shop 10. 19 World Square, 644 George Street
5. Umi Kaiten-Zushi
Located in down town, Umi Kaiten-Zushi is a modern Japanese dining bar, offering a wonderful array of delicately crafted sushi. The seafood is very fresh and you'll certainly not able to resist the temptation. The taste, the variety and creativity set this restaurant apart from other sushi dining places. Interestingly, there is a big tank of fishes in the shop that will keep you amused.
while the photographer may have intended the photos to be orientation snaps to show the outside of the restaurants and location - they kinda fail as they don't have other context of surrounding environment - and large dark areas of glass in shadow are distinctly uninviting
the Darling Harbour playground photo showed about 1/3 brick paving - again an unfortunate choice of composition when an obvious easy choice would have been the nearby splash playground with its interesting shapes