No matter where you are in Melbourne, you are bound to find sushi. Sushi stores have so much competition, it's really hard to differentiate from others, except for your location. If you are near a corporate section, you are bound to attract customers - and that's almost everywhere in the CBD.
Sushi trains are a hit overseas, but they are slowly infiltrating the lives of Melburnians too. Here's some that you will find in the city but they will notably not be cheap, as they are known to be in Asia.
Sushi Hotaru: 1st Floor, Mid City Arcade, Shop 118 200 Bourke St, Melbourne CBD
Hidden up a few escalators from the busy shopping strip of Bourke St, you may spot a line of people trailing out as they wait for a spot at Sushi Hotaru. Like many Melbourne restaurants, they won't take bookings, but you get a number as they put you and your number of guests down.
The novelty of the sushi train dies down as some of the dishes become repetitive, but you can also order things off an iPad placed at your seats and the dishes come freshly made from the staff in the centre.
Some people have complained about service but that staff were very attentive and quick on the night I visited. Standard dishes cost $3 whilst the special ones may cost $7+.
Sakura Kaiten Sushi: 61 Little Collins St, Melbourne CBD
On the fancier side of town, lies a smaller Sakura Kaiten Sushi. There are more price variances here with each coloured plate representing a different price starting from $3.60 and up.
Some sushi became repetitive and were everyday sushis you might find elsewhere. But if you waited around, you might spot a dish that doesn't come around as often, such as these deep fried oysters below.
I felt like some of the quality was a bit better here and more of a variety on the conveyor belt than Sushi Hotaru. However the novelty of Hotaru is the iPad system and seeing the chefs make things in front of your eyes, continuously placing them on the belt. As the same dishes at Sakura Kaiten Sushi started to appear, it demonstrated why an iPad ordering sytem comes in handy.
I still managed to get quite full from the dishes coming around and we still managed a wide variety, but you'll find it's a bit pricier with items such as oysters, scallops and so forth, and also its Little Collins St location.
I did enjoy the night here but there are pros and cons to both places. Sakura Kaiten Sushi is quite small so feels a bit more squished whilst Sushi Hotaru often has long lines. I'm glad we were able to try both sushi trains but I just wish there were more options in Melbourne!
Others I am yet to try:
- GoGo Sushi: 212 Swanston St, Melbourne
- Sushi Hon: Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne