My friends and I decided to venture to the CBD to grab some good food. We desperately needed to heal our souls after weeks of painful confinement in our homes studying and binging on an array of unhealthy snacks.
It has been a long while since we've had sushi, so we decided to head to Sushi Rio, one of my favourite hotspots for Japanese food.
Sushi Rio- $3 sushi/ sides everyday @ anytime! Pretty cheap.
There usually is a line, especially when you go during the busy hours of lunch or dinner- time because of the restaurant's popularity with Sydney- siders. My friends and I waited for around 30- minutes in the extreme cold weather, but it was well- worth the wait.
We were seated at a table, rather than the sushi- train table placed in the middle of the restaurant. To order your sushi, there are little cards on the table that detailed what foods there were to offer, with small boxes next to them. All you have to do is grab the pencil that you are also given and write a number down of how much you want of that dish.
I actually forgot to take a photo of that, but you can see the pencil with the cards in the photo below!
$4.30: Iced Green Tea latte w/ green tea icecream & Azuki beans (red beans)
My first order was a Green Tea Latte, which was quite cheap as they gave you a decent- sized scoop of green- tea icecream in the drink with cream and red beans (for those who have never tried red bean, please do, it's used in a LOT of Asian desserts and tastes awesome). The iced latte was decent overall, had a strong green- tea taste to it, although a bit artificial (probably used green- tea powder).
Not as good as My Sweet Memory's iced green- tea latte (the best I've had in Sydney), but nevertheless was above my expectations.
$3: Seared- Scallop Nigiri
Next up, was a seared- scallop Nigiri. This was absolutely delicious. The scallop was perfectly made, a thin layer cooked at the top with the blowtorch that all chef's probably love to use, while the inside was still fresh & raw. The rice beneath the scallop piece was developed with year's of careful practice and precision by the Japanese chef's and as expected, the taste and shape was flawless with the rice holding strongly together even through my clumsy chopstick- skills.
The small dollop of Japanese mayonnaise completed the dish. It gave the Nigiri a creamy, slightly sweet & tangy taste. I have to say, Japanese mayo is probably one of the best food- inventions ever. I literally eat it with anything at home; chicken nuggets, put it in sandwiches you name it.
For those interested in the art of sushi making, check out Gordon Ramsay's attempt on YouTube. Apparently to become a chef, you have to learn to simply WASH rice for THREE years before you can move up in the kitchen: Gordon Ramsay makes sushi
$3: Split seared scallop/ salmon.
This was similar to the other dish, except half was the scallop and half seared salmon. Again, the blowtorch did it's job and produced an excellently- seared salmon fillet. Topside crunchy & flaky, inside raw salmon. It was amazing and I would die to get my hands on another one right now.
By the way, for those who have never seen Japanese chef's use blowtorch on sushi before here goes:
Just like the Sushi rice, this takes years of practice.
$3: Seared salmon Nigiri
Same as the other dishes, except the mayo was placed a bit dodgy and slid off. However, still tasted awesome and yes, I love my salmon which is why I keep ordering it. Japanese cuisine is just empty without salmon!
$3: Eel & Cream cheese w/ cucumber. Sushi Roll.My last piece is was the Eel & Cream cheese roll. If you've never had cream cheese in a sushi roll, you HAVE to try it! The creaminess of the cheese works perfectly with Japanese flavours and works just like the mayonnaise does. Every time I eat Japanese, I have to order a sushi roll that has cream- cheese in it because it's just THAT addictive.
The Eel fillet coating the roll was great too, marinated in traditional Kabayaki sauce and was succulent and fresh. Eel marinated in Kabayaki sauce served with rice is probably one of my favourite dishes in Japanese cuisine. It never fails to put my tastebuds in a happy mood, regardless of what Japanese restaurant I was eating at.
Overall, Sushi Rio is decently priced and definitely a GREAT restaurant to eat at if you're looking for Japanese dining/ a sushi train experience. I frequent this place and the consistency of service and food quality never wavers, so it is a must- go- to eatery. Also, the restaurant has a nice design and atmosphere. Check it out!
Verdict (considering atmosphere, price, service and taste): 9/10
SO FAR MY HIGHEST RATED RESTAURANT as of 28.5.2013