Sushizilla, Chippendale

Sushizilla opened late last year in the new shop­ping mall that is Central Park. My col­league is some­how acquain­ted with the own­er, and was singing praises about the fact that it is makes authen­t­ic Japanese food, that is, it’s not some Korean or Chinese inter­pret­a­tion of sushi.

The Sushizilla loc­ated in the food court is quint­es­sen­tially a sushi train res­taur­ant, but it does have a smal­ler kiosk that sells takeaway sushi rolls three floors down. Usually, all non-white plates on the sushi train are $3. There was an open­ing spe­cial where the non-white plates were $2, but I didn’t man­age to make it to the sushi train until just last week when N and I went to sat­is­fy a sushi crav­ing and it was the closest res­taur­ant. I was quite pleased when I’d tried the takeaway kiosk mul­tiple times before.


So, we star­ted with the stand­ard tuna and sal­mon because we rarely eat sushi at a res­taur­ant and not have some tuna or salmon.


Fish pre­pared raw is about the only pre­par­a­tion of fish, oth­er than ter­iyaki sal­mon, that I like. Aren’t the rib­bons of col­our pretty?


And then we decided to expand our pal­ate with some sort of white fish (I am ter­rible with telling types of fish apart). I have no idea what the dot of red is on the left sushi — we thought it might have been umeboshi (pickled plums) before we ate it, but we couldn’t taste it.


We also had some sort of mar­in­ated sort of fish that N thought was mack­er­el, but turned out to be rather squeaky, and salty and vin­eg­ary at the same time.


I decided that I wanted octopus sushi as it’d been a long time since I’d had it. Except squid sushi comes around first, which we’d nev­er encountered before, let alone with legs in tact. Now, I can tell you that I am not a fan of raw squid! It’s slimy (but not as slimy as raw scal­lop) and leaves a bad after­taste in your mouth.


Eventually the octopus sushi does come around, though. And it’s cooked, which is a win after hav­ing raw squid.


And we end with a avo­cado and sal­mon roll…


and some sashimi.

The vari­ety of cuisines on offer in Central Park is vast — there’s Malaysian, Taiwanese, Chinese, Japanese (yakitori and sushi), Indian, Turkish, Brazilian to name a few. But Japanese will always win when I’m asked to choose. So I ended up at Sushizilla Sushi Train again with N for lunch. Except this time, we decided to order some of the dishes that weren’t just going around the train:


We went back a week later and they had crab cro­quette cir­cu­lat­ing. The crab cro­quette tastes far more sat­is­fy­ing when eaten fresh, so that it’s so hot that it burns your mouth, rather than lukewarm.


We also ordered cucum­ber hoso­maki (or kappa­maki), which is eaten between dishes of raw fish as a pal­ate cleanser. But I just like them generally.


And sal­mon hoso­maki. They’re both super simple dishes, but ones that I’ve always liked. The was­abi was par­tic­u­larly potent.


This is the prawn nigiri. The prawn nigiri was pretty stand­ard, although this was the first time we’d seen it circulate.


And this is the bonito tataki, which is really fishy. We saw the bonito tataki on the menu, thought it was some­thing weird but looked safe enough to try, and so ordered it. It’s lightly seared. It’s a rather ‘meaty’ tex­tured fish, but with a very strong ‘fish’ fla­vour to it — so it’s some­thing like fishy beef? I’m not a fan of ginger and so scraped it off the top, but that prob­ably would’ve gone a long way to cut­ting the fishy taste. As for the ran­dom white fish nigiri, apart from being really fishy, it had a slightly squeaky tex­ture to it.

And then there were a few that we’d seen cir­cu­lat­ing but didn’t feel game enough to try previously –


And what is that strange thing? It’s shark fin and jelly fish onigiri. The shark fin and jelly fish don’t have a dis­tinct taste, so it was just a salty, crunchy and crispy nigiri.


Finally, crab meat nigiri. I’d got­ten my hopes up think­ing it might be actu­al actu­al meat. Alas, I was dis­ap­poin­ted because it was a a decon­struc­ted crab­stick. Boo.

Some of the sushi was chal­len­ging, but Sushizilla def­in­itely sat­is­fied my crav­ing for sushi.

Sushizilla is loc­ated at Central Park, Level 2 Shop 204, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008.