Trying to find a new go-to sushi place is quite an expedition. This time, it’s Sushi Rio. It offers excellent and varied sushi on its sushi train, and an interesting non-sushi train menu. It also serves the sushi on plates with gorgeous gold patterns. If something you want isn’t chugging along on the sushi train, they’ll make it to order. The sushi train surrounds their kitchen, so you usually get to watch them make your order!
Salmon nigiri and tuna nigiri is rather simple dishes, but one of my favourites. They’re not offered on the sushi train, so we order it and see the sushi chef slice up fresh salmon just for our two pieces.
I was too transfixed on the salmon, so I’m not too sure where they were making the tuna nigiri, even though they came out at the same time. Both were deliciously fresh.
Then there’s the typical white fish that I have trouble identifying. I’m gonna take a stab in the dark, and say it was king fish nigiri.
These are scallop nigiri — N didn’t believe me when I said they were scallops, and was determined to prove me wrong by trying the plate. Luckily, unlike me, she doesn’t mind the sliminess of scallops too much.
I like squid nigiri because raw squid has a good bite to it.
And then there’s cooked octopus nigiri, which had the most interesting dollop of green roe on it. Green isn’t usually a colour you associate with non-plant food, but surprisingly, it tasted like like orange roe — salty.
And then, N decided we should try raw octopus nigiri again. Last time we tried it, we were left with a mouthful of slime and a sour aftertaste. But I’m glad we tried it again — this octopus wasn’t unpleasant at all, which leads to me think that the octopus just wasn’t fresh the first time.
This is surf clam nigiri. We had no idea what surf clam was, but we saw it on the menu and decided to try it out anyway. It tasted a lot like fish, but with a lot more bite — so sort of like the taste of tuna, but with the texture of squid. This one was made to order, and it took them a while to bring it out.
To finish it off, we had two, non-sushi dishes. We ordered the croquette because I’ve had trouble finding ones that live up to my memories of the ones I ate in Japan. This dish was also made to order, so it came out very hot. Its taste was quite on par, but I’d have like the innards to be less gooey.
This is octopus in wasabi. Although the octopus didn’t have as much bite as I’m used to, it still hit the spot.
And then, the drinks! On the left is the Tropical Kiss, which consisted of mango, grapefruit, kiwifruit, pineapple. It was quite bitter from the grapefruit, and otherwise tasted like pinapple juice. We couldn’t really taste kiwifrui or mango. On the right is Monkey Magic, which consisted of lychee and kiwifruit. It had the most gorgeous pool of green at the bottom, which I assumed to be kiwifruit, but alas, we could only taste the lychee and not the kiwifruit.
Sushi Rio is located at B02/345 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000.