“Irasshaimase!” the staff shout as I enter the Sushi Train.
“Hi," I say, feeling very Western.
It’s about seven in the night and the restaurant is brimming with people. We are given a ticket and told to wait for a free booth. The synchronised dance of hands reaches out to grab plates of sashimi and smoked salmon. The train chugs around the open kitchen humming with the sound of knives on chopping boards.
Fifteen minutes later we are seated in a booth closest to the kitchen. At peak time this is not a bad wait for five people. I look onto the dishes passing us by and rub my hands together. I order a bowl of Miso soup and reach for a plate of Chicken and Avocado California Rolls sprinkled with sesame seeds. My cheeks warm with the subtle taste of sesame blended with grilled chicken.
Grilled chicken and avocado on a bed of rice sprinkled with crumbs
Mid mouthful I grab a plate of the Spider Roll: battered prawn wrapped in rice and topped with a layer of avocado and bread-like crumbs.
With a natural love for prawn and avocado this is easily my favourite. The mayonnaise is a bit excessive on some dishes including the smoked salmon, which has been decoratively drizzled with sauce and sprinkled with spring onions.
Smoked salmon on rice
Judging by the lack of Asian customers, I assume the restaurant uses mayonnaise to appeal to the Western taste bud. My tongue curls with the blend of beans, tofu and chives. I am extremely pleased with the variety of dishes and health options including black rice, vegan and vegetarian.
Cucumber rice roll
Vegetable spring roll
The staff tally up our dishes and the price comes to just under one hundred dollars for five people. The price for one person averages between fifteen to twenty dollars. Walking out of the restaurant I expect to be knocked off my feet by a passing cyclist towing a tray of fruit, yet it takes me a minute to realise this is not Asia. Now when I get the itch to travel to Asia but don’t want to blow my budget, I go to Sushi Train.
Where: : 864 Pittwater Road, Dee Why, NSW 2099
Cost: Approx $15 per person
When: 7 days 11:30am - 9:30pm (9:00pm Last Order)
Good for kids: Yes
Take away: Yes