Japanese food is my all time favourite food. Admittingly, I have avoided dining at Sushiko because I have been disappointed with most Japanese restaurants in Sydney, and didn't expect much better from a small town restaurant.
My wife is new to the area and is also a big fan of Japanese food. We had limited option. so I decided to give in and finally give this place a chance.
Firstly, I am aware that this place isn't open all the time and the opening hours can vary. I went in earlier in the day on Valentines Day to make a reservation with the expectation that it would be already fully booked, and not surprisingly it was. Feeling defeated and about to turn and walk out the door, the older asian lady (possibly the owner) re-looked through the bookings and managed to squeeze us between earlier reservations. I thought that was excellent customer service on her behalf.
The Meal: My wife and I ordered the Sashimi Platter (Main) which consisted of about 26 pieces of an assortment of raw seafood, the Tako Yaki (Fried Balls of Octopus), Fried Tofu and some Sushi (Shrimp Tempura, Unagi (Eel) Roll). The meals started to arrived relatively quickly (barely got through the first glass of wine). The first thing we started to eat was the Sashimi. The servings were quite generous and best of all, fresh. I would rate the Sashimi very high. Alteast 8/10, and up there with the best I have tasted. The standout was the Scallop which melted in my mouth. I have had Tako Yaki before and love this dish. I was expecting big things and wasn't disappointed. Best I have had so far. I would rate this dish 9/10. The Unagi sushi roll was good, but certainly not the best (6/10). The tempura prawn roll however was excellent and everything I expected (9/10). The prawn was very crispy and the flavours were spot on. The fried tofu was a great and went well with our dishes (7/10), but didn't taste as fresh as the other Fried Tofu I have eaten before.
Overall, I would give the food 8/10, and will have no problem going back. The service was top notch. In addition to the initial contact, the wait staff were very friendly and attentive and have no problem in scoring them a 10/10.
Price: For the above meal, we paid $66.00. The quality of food and price make this place excellent value for money.
Recommendation: If you haven't eaten Japanese food before, this place is a great place to start and will give an benchmark on what good quality Japanese food should be like. If you have eaten good authentic Japanese food before, than this place would be an excellent substitute.
The restaurant is BYO, but we took a nice bottle of Mcguigans Sparkling White which went well with the dishes. Although they claim to charge for corkage fee, we weren't charged on this occasion. I believe this place is best for dining in, as I think the quality will be lost if the food isn't consumed immediately, and judging my some reviews, that appears to be the case. Considering it's a small restaurant, have limited operating hours, and growing popularity, it's best to book well in advance as you may not get as lucky as me.
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