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Published February 21st 2016
Come for the food, stay for the view of the carpark and road
Known amongst my friends as one of the two best places to eat in Chatswood under $15, (the other being Café New York, for their lunch specials), Toraya has many things going for it. They offer quality Japanese food, with prices you may expect for quality Japanese food. While the meal sets cater to the rational, exploring sushi is the culinary equivalent of a relationship, where the going is momentous, both emotionally and for the wallet. Once at a meet-up, I ordered the California Rolls, but really that's not enough, so it kept going. I'm of the age where people still have to decide between rent or food, and with sushi, it's really life or death at that point. I have not ordered sushi past that day, but I acknowledge that is really a case of personal financial circumstances and do thoroughly recommend it if you're not living bill to bill.
I had a brief period where I came here weekly. It got to the point where we recognised all the staff and their mannerisms, which was depressing.
I regularly ordered the Kantiama Udon ($14.80) , a rich syrupy soup filled with egg strands that remains a firm favourite. It's filling, aromatic and thick with material, not watery like the soup noodles I'm used to. I've ordered this more than any other item on the menu because it's just generally a good thing to have.
The Dinner box deluxe ($29.80) contains a great variety of mild, light sushi and sashimi; tuna and salmon, contrasting with the juicy hearty Wagyu beef. The teriyaki Tasmanian salmon was creamy and soft and the mini udon provided a light soup to offset the bulk of the main dish. The set also comes with crunchy tempura, various vegetables deep fried and fruit. In terms of content, you do get what you pay for.
I remember a time when this used to seem expensive. Ah, the wonders of unemployment.
Toraya also has wonderful windows which stretch from floor to ceiling, where a diner may examine the exciting Westfield parking lot and the bridge connecting it to the Mandarin centre. Arguably, you might get a good look at some trees. Considering the views of the nearby food court tend to be of your fellow patrons or excited children, I would say that's still a positive. The environment is honestly one of the reasons I still come, being seated and dining with good food while paying a lower price is a good way to spend a lunch time.