These sushi hubs are soy awesome it would be a sin not to share them with you.
It’s always exciting sitting down at a sushi train: you never know what’s going to pass your eye – whether it be a well presented plate or an intriguing concoction of flavours.
Surprise is around every corner and like any good tapas place, the best part is that you can taste a whole slew of dishes without getting too full. Or too poor. Which is exactly what these sushi places offer.
They’re our favourite go-tos for great sushi. That’s right, not GOOD sushi, great. Not all of them are sushi trains but all come highly recommended by the food hounds at finder.com.au. So roll on up sushi-lovers because it’s time to snap those chopsticks and dig in.
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Top sushi places in Sydney
Adventurous, modern, delectable, classy, fresh and delicious. Whatever gastronomic adventure you’re searching for, it starts at Sake. The much heralded restaurant – which has venues in Double Bay and Eagle Street Pier in Sydney, plus two locations in Melbourne and one in Brisbane – is all about top-notch modern Japanese cuisine.
Naturally, that includes its sushi, which toys with the traditional and the experimental. Stray from the sushi menu for a sec and choose the popcorn shrimp tempura. It’ll blow your mind.
Address: 12 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Opening times: Lunch: Monday-Sunday 12pm-3pm. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm, Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm, Sunday 5pm-10pm
Recommended dish: Alaskan King Crab
2. Sushi Tei
One of the most unique offerings on the Sydney sushi scene is Sushi Tei. Its 20-year history as a Japanese restaurant only gives it that much more clout. Not that it needs it. It’s fair to say that the sushi speaks for itself, with a menu that changes so often that you’ll want to come back time and time again.
Address: 1 Chifley Square, Sydney
Opening times: Weekdays 11:30am-9:30pm, Weekends 12pm-9:30pm
Recommended dish: Any of the special rolls
Website: Sushi Tei
3. Makoto Sushi Bar
Authentic and fresh are the two best words to describe this Chatswood favourite. Every morning the team at Makoto handpicks the freshest fare from the fish market and every evening they serve it to you freshly chopped and freshly rolled into morsels of deliciousness.
Like many other sushi bars, Makoto has a humble 57 seats in its venue. That’s OK though, so long as one of them is yours, amirite?
Address: 336 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
Opening times: Weekdays 11:30am-2:30pm (lunch) 5:30pm-9pm (dinner), Weekends 11:30am-9:30pm
Recommended dish: Tuna Toro
Website: Makoto Sushi Bar
For a sushi joint that’s all class, you can’t pass up the chance to wine and dine sushi-e. Housed inside the same building as establishment and owned by Merivale, you’ll be well treated at this hatted restaurant.
Every dish (and there are many) is a piece of art. As is the venue, which features a huge open marble bar where you can marvel at the chefs in action.
Address: Level 4 Establishment, 252 George Street, Sydney
Opening times: Weekdays 12pm-3pm, Monday-Saturday 6:30pm-10:30pm
Recommended dish: Dragon Ash Roll
5. Sushi Hotaru
Inside the Galeries Victoria sits this bustling favourite. It’s rare for Sushi Hotaru to not be busy and during peak hour you will be waiting outside for your name to be called. Stand and wait – there’s hype around this place for a reason. That’s because it’s good and it’s cheap. When it comes to choosing between the booth or the train, the train is a no-brainer. But you know, beggars can’t be choosers…
Address: Level 1, Galeries Victoria
Opening times: Daily 11:30am-9pm
Recommended dish: Any of the nigiri
Website: Sushi Hotaru
6. Sushi Hiro
This Northern Beaches sushi chain is a favourite amongst locals as it doesn’t scrimp on anything, especially the fillings. Avo, carrot, cucumber – all of it goes into the rolls, making each a fulfilling meal.
With a relaxed atmosphere and new house menus and specials offered weekly, this is the kind of place that’ll quickly become your local haunt.
Address: 19 Lawrence Street, Freshwater
Opening times: Lunch 11:30am-4pm, Dinner 4:30pm-10pm
Recommended dish: Teriyaki chicken rolls
Website: Sushi Hero
7. Kanzo Fresh Sushi
Unpretentious and relaxed, this Japanese sushi bar/cafe is in the heart of the Parramatta CBD, and it’s one that matches quality with quantity.
If yours is a big hunger, Kanzo can appease it with rolls that only get bigger as you dig deeper into the menu.
Address: 6/55-67 George Street, Parramatta
Opening times: Daily 11am-9pm
Recommended dish: Inside out cooked tuna and avocado, salmon nigiri
Website: None. It doesn’t need it.
8. Sushi-Ya, Artarmon
For super fresh fare (a must when it comes to sushi anyway) Sushi-Ya will take care of ya.
What it lacks in sushi train novelty it makes up for in quality service, which is one many things that wins diners over.
Address: 10 Wilkes Avenue, Artarmon
Opening hours: Daily for lunch: 11:30am-2:30pm, dinner 5pm-9:30pm
Recommended dish: Chicken katsu roll
Website: None. It doesn’t need it.
Locals to the Inner West are no strangers to Hikaru. Tucked away off the side of King Street, visitors to the area could easily miss this gem. But look closely and you’ll see the signature black and white sign.
Inside is an oasis of calm. The space is small, the menu is cheap and the service is fast, making it a great option for those doing a lunchtime dash. Of course, if you want to stay longer, nothing’s stopping you.
Address: 134 King Street, Newtown
Opening hours: Daily 12pm-10pm
Recommended dish: Teriyaki salmon and the miso eggplant
Website: None. It doesn’t need it.
10. Sushi Tengoku
This outfit says that it’s famous for its fresh tasty sushi, its sashimi and its big portions. It’s not wrong. The bento boxes here aren’t large, they’re HUGE.
Couple that with freshness, all the flavour you could ever want and a bevy of mouthwatering side dishes and you know that you won’t be leaving Sushi Tengoku unsatisfied.
Address: 121 Anzac Parade, Kensington
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 5pm-10pm
Recommended dish: Any of the sushi nigiri
Website: Sushi Tengoku
11. Japone Sushi
Head down King Street enroute to St Peters station and you’ll chance upon this lovely stranger. Riddled with graffitied walls, it’s a sushi stop which looks small but opens up into something larger and completely inviting.
Sit at the front with the sushi train at your beck and call, or head down the back to the open dining area where you can personally order anything on the sushi train list. Whichever you choose, expect great food. It won’t disappoint.
Address: 381 King Street, Newtown
Opening hours: Weekdays 6pm-10pm, Saturday 12pm-10pm, Sunday 12pm-9pm
Recommended dish: Japone Spicy Salmon or Sashimi Tacos
Website: Japone Sushi
12. Kanji Fresh Sushi
With two outfits under its belt (Sylvania and Caringbah), Kanji Sushi is making a name for itself – especially in the south of Sydney. It’s fresh and it’s cheap, and that’s really all you could ever want from a sushi place. Amirite?
Address: Shop 1, Crest Hotel, 114 Princess Highway, Sylvania / 2229 New South Wales, Caringbah
Opening hours: 11am-9pm (Sylvania)10:30am-9pm (Caringbah)
Recommended dish: Any of the large rolls (the teriyaki chicken is super good!)
Website: Kanji Fresh Sushi