Just a quick post this week due to time constraints and more of a fun recommendation than an in-depth review. We have two young boys and my general rule for eating out is not to take them at all. More enjoyment for all concerned while they have such unbelievably short attention spans.
On the odd occasion we do take them out we’re not up for nuggets and fries so have to find somewhere which entertains them and satisfies us. And last week, Sushi Train at the Viaduct was it.
I lived in Japan for a couple of years and do like a good kai-ten zushi. Sushi Train is not bad and certainly ticked all our particular boxes for that day. For anyone who hasn’t been to one, the sushi goes round on a conveyor belt and you lift off what takes your fancy. At the end they just count up your colour-coded plates and tell you what you owe.
The turn over was relatively fast so it all seemed pretty fresh. They seem to put all the most popular dishes on the conveyor belt and then give you the option to order other dishes/sushi rolls as you require, which they then make up on the spot. There is also a menu of Donburi and Udon dishes if you’re feeling a bit hungrier.
We were there for sushi action so stuck to that. The plates were priced at $3.00, $3.50, $4.00, $4.50, $5.50 and $7.50 and our kids are fresh salmon addicts so we got a lot based around that. I won’t go into detailed descriptions as it was all quite standard but I will say it was fresh and tasty and enjoyed by all.
We steered clear of the spring rolls and other deep fried delights as we would prefer to have those cooked fresh. The were some unusual offerings like Natto sushi (fermented soy bean – one of the few Japanese dishes I’ve never really embraced) as well as the usual New Zealand fusion styles with things like cream cheese in them. Less traditional but not without appeal.
Basically it’s a bit more costly than picking up sushi at the mall but it’s a lot of fun and the extensive menu will assure there is something to please all tastes and appetites. Go with a friend or take the family for a variation on your Japanese cuisine experience.