Address: Shop RP1, Level 1, The Galeries Victoria, 500 George Street Sydney
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$3.00 sushi in a central CBD location? What more could you ask for!? MDS and I decided to get our sushi on last Friday night. I had been here a few times before with friends and was really looking forward to trying more of the delicious offerings in this busy sushi spot.
Sushi Hotaru has a great atmosphere. The decor is quite modern and definitely makes you feel like you’re in a great Japanese sushi restaurant rather than in a plain room with a sushi train placed randomly in the middle. The Japanese music, buzzing atmosphere and fantastic i-pad order system make it a vibrant and exciting place to eat.
When we got to the restaurant there was a group of people waiting outside. Sushi Hotaru is pretty popular and you may have to put your name down on a list and wait for a while before you get a seat or table. MDS and I were lucky as we only waited about 5-10minutes and were able to score a table with an ipad! Unfortunately the seat was a little too small and had I been about 10kgs bigger I may not have fit on it!
Food is always good here. They have a $3 sushi train special or you can order various dishes from the menu. Pretty good value. The fact that there are a lot of people eating at the restaurant is a sign that there is a high food turnover so you know it is fresh.
We decided to order:
The usual suspect, salmon and avo inside-out rolls for me. Fresh, plenty of salmon and a good-sized portion, these were a hit with me!
MDS’ choice, tuna and avo inside-out rolls. As above, she really enjoyed them, not being a big fan of sushi with seaweed on the outside. The roe on top adds a bit of colour to the dish and although I am not usually a fan of large quantities of it, I could handle a little spread on top of a few sushi rolls.
We ordered the smoked salmon nigiri as MDS doesn’t like raw fish. This could have been cooked a little longer as it was slightly raw on the inside. However it tasted really nice and the spicy seasoning on top (chilli?) tasted great with the smoky fish.
The soft shell crab sushi rolls were to die for. Crunchy crab and tasty tangy dressing. It was absolutely delicious. We were also interested by the strange shaped chip on top of it (anyone know what it is?), which tasted crunchy and a little bitter.
The fried pork gyoza was tasty and moist on the inside but was a little dry on the outside, shame.
Chicken karaage was my choice and it was not a bad option. It had a nice salty flavour and a crunchy exterior but the thick layer of batter on the outside wasn’t very nice (I thought Mizuya’s- see here and here, was better) and the chicken was quite oily.
Overall a really nice spot for sushi train with excellent fresh sushi but not so great fried foods. It’s in a convenient location but quite popular so it is sometimes hard to get a seat.
Overall I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 4
- Food- 7.75
- Ambience- 7.5
- Value – 8