I love dining out. One of the best parts of eating out and about in Sydney is the opportunity to sample the best of a world full of different cuisines without leaving your city, or even your suburb. I always find my most enjoyable food experiences are when I'm eating a meal I can't or don't cook at home.
Katsu chicken and Zaru Soba noodles
For me, Japanese food falls into that category. I love it but never make it. As such, I get really excited when a find an awesome Japanese restaurant like Sushi Tei.
Salmon and Avocado Sushi
It was a drizzly Wednesday night. It was dark; I was wet, but then I walked into the warm golden light of Sushi Tei and everything was better.
Located on the corner of Chifley Square and Hunter street, Sushi Tei attracts a broad customer base from business associates to young couples, and is bustling both day and night.
A healthy and delicious salad
Decorated in a modern, earthy, style - the restaurant itself is very large with table seating, together with a sushi bar area as well as long banquet tables out back. You wouldn't notice it's size immediately though, as wooden columns and screens have been used to divide up the area and create an intimate space. No matter where you sit, 90% of the other diners aren't visible, and most of the conversations are muted out. All you hear is a happy buzz.
The giant menu, Alice in Wonderland style.
Like the restaurant, the menu is massive, and I don't just mean the selection. A multipaged booklet that could double as a table cloth, it requires two hands to turn the pages, and 15 minutes of 'quiet time' to determine what to order.
A feast for many...not two
The result? Way, way too much food. It was worth it though. Every item was delicious. Crispy chicken Katsu ($12); and zaru soba noodles ($9) which came with miso soup; together with an avocado and salmon sushi roll ($6), with an immense pile of greens, tomatoes and seaweed which they called the green salad...a steal for just $11, and the mixed sushi platter ($22); an epic arrangement of individual sushi items and six rolled sushi pieces served in a giant wooden platter. This was my favorite.
The amazing mixed sushi platter
The assortment of fish was plentiful and fresh, and the rice was moist, firm and tasty.
At the end of the night, getting out of my seat with my stomach that full was a real struggle. Yep, my life is hard. On the bright side, the rain had cleared, allowing for a beautiful stroll down to circular quay.
Where: 1 Chifley Square Sydney NSW
Why: Beautiful, fresh seafood.
Cost: $3- $35
When: Monday to Sunday, 11.30am- 10.00pm.