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If there is one thing the Japanese do exceptionally well, it is making lunch breaks both efficient and healthy. The invention of sushi trains provide time pressed employees with a smorgasbord of quick and yummy options. Ichiban Sushi in Penrith is the latest sushi train to open its doors in Western Sydney, offering a delicious and extensive menu.

Yummy Sushi
A modern decor greets customers

Ichiban Sushi is the first of this brand to open in Sydney - presenting an innovative and modern take on the sushi train restaurant.

Plates and plates
Mountains of plates ready to go

Welcomed by a friendly waitstaff member as soon as I entered the premises, the atmosphere was luminous and inviting. The train and seating along it is quiet expansive. I was only after take away sushi for dinner, and the waitstaff insisted I take a seat to make my selection.

Plates and plates
Take away container ready to be filled with delicious sushi

The head chef was interactive and informed me to ask her any questions I may have about any of the menu items. She also recommended the New Maki Teriyaki Chicken ($3.50), and said it was very popular.

Opening flowers
Fresh flowers add to the bright ambience

Sushi train passengers will be familiar with the variety of coloured plates in correspondence with the pricing on the wall. Plates start at $2.50 up to $8.00. The menu is divided into different categories of Maki, New Maki, Rice Paper Roll, Temaki, Deep Fries, Sashimi, Nigiri, Ship, udon and A La Carte.

Plates with pricing

I started with the Chicken, Avocado and Cucumber Maki Rolls ($4.00), and could instantly taste the freshness of the produce. Next was the New Maki Creamy Chicken Roll ($4.50). A delicious combination of crispy chicken schnitzel with a kewpie mayo topping.

Chicken, Avocado and Cucumber Maki.

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Creamy Chicken Roll

Trying the Teriyaki Chicken New Maki Roll ($3.50); it was succulent, but very sweet in it’s seasoning. It was not my favourite of the menu items.

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Teriyaki Chicken

Rice paper rolls are not always in abundance at sushi restaurants, so I was happy that several items were available in this category. Choose from the Vegeterian ($3.50), Ebi Tempura, crab stick salad, cooked tuna or chicken schnitzel (all $4). I tried the chicken schnitzel, of which was very light and crispy.

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Chicken Rice Paper Rolls

The creamy prawn rolls ($5) were one of the tastiest menu items I tried. I loved the combination of the prawn, the salmon roe, as well as the avocado. Delicious.

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Creamy Prawn Rolls

For the health conscious it is refreshing to find a brown rice option on the menu. The crumbed chicken baby maki with brown rice ($4.50) is vibrant in appearance and flavour.
Beef lovers will enjoy the Beef Roll ($3.50) - marinated pieces of beef with capsicum.

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Brown rice chicken rolls

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Beef Roll

In addition to the sushi, there are non sushi dishes available on the menu like Chicken Katsu Don ($12) cooked with egg and served with miso. The Chicken Teriyaki plate ($12) or a range of Udon soups starting at $8.50.
For something sweet there is the mango, green tea and sesame Gelato’s $3.50 each. There is a large selection of cold drinks also available for purchase.

Cold Drinks

Ichiban Sushi is fresh, and is a great culinary addition to the Western Suburbs. The decor is bright and funky; the staff are helpful and happy, and the food is contemporary. Great to dine in and have a bite to eat or to pack and take away.

Opening flowers
A lot to choose from the train

Take away
My take away of sushi for dinner

Rating: 7/10

Where: 23 Riley Street Penrith NSW.
Why: Funky and fresh sushi thats reasonably priced.
Cost: Plates start from $2.50 up to $8
When: Open 7 days 11.30am-9pm

Good for kids: Yes if they are adventurous eaters, the sushi train is always fun to watch.
Take away: Yes


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