Sushi Rio, Sydney

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Restaurants in Japan very rarely sell more than one type of food. They usu­ally spe­cial­ise in one type, be it udon or ramen, soba, sushi, oko­nom­iyaki or even takoy­aki, and do it well (and also, to keep the prices down). You’d have dif­fi­culty find­ing one like many of the res­taur­ants in Australia that fea­ture all types of Japanese food on their menu. That’s under­stand­able when they’re cater­ing to a non-Japanese pop­u­la­tion. But one item on the menu almost always suf­fers: sushi. And in the city, sushi train is the easi­est and cheapest way to get good qual­ity sushi.

Sushi Rio in Westfield Sydney is anoth­er branch of sushi train res­taur­ant by the same name on Sussex Street. All dishes, with the excep­tion of sashimi, are $3.50. And return­ing cus­tom­ers receive a reusable card to redeem a free drink with every visit.

N and I are really here to sat­is­fy our crav­ing for qual­ity sushi so we head straight for fish.

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Salmon nigiri the sal­mon is fresh and shiny. After this first plate, we see plates with vary­ing levels of fat so we go back for anoth­er, and then anoth­er. They were super tasty!

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Tuna nigiri — this plate nev­er seems to make its way around the sushi train no mat­ter where we eat, so we always order from the menu. Tuna has a meat­i­er fla­vour to sal­mon, which might explain why it’s less pop­u­lar than the sal­mon. And this was one was fresh and delicious!

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Kingfish nigiri – this had a sat­is­fy­ingly fresh bite to it. It’s anoth­er one that doesn’t have the meaty fla­vour of tuna that we see go around often on the sushi train.

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Squid nigiri (raw) – N and I can nev­er seem to remem­ber that we don’t like eat­ing raw squid. While fresh, it’s unfail­ingly slimy, which we don’t enjoy.

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Squid nigiri (cooked) – After the slimi­ness of the raw squid, we remem­ber that we like cooked squid. The squid is a bit tough, yet we still prefer it to slimy squid.

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Prawn nigiri — This was a tasty cooked prawn. It was just as well that they didn’t serve raw prawn nigiri ’cause we prob­ably would’ve tried it only to be reminded that we don’t like raw prawns either!

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Fresh eel nigiri -- Isn’t this a beauty? It’s anoth­er plate we ordered from the menu. It’s one nigiri, with a gen­er­ous piece of eel that’s lightly seared and drizzled in sauce. It’s not as car­a­mel­ised as the eel D and I ate in Japan and while I still prefer that type of eel pre­par­a­tion, this one was deli­cious in its own right. With this eel, you can prop­erly appre­ci­ate the fla­vours of eel meat itself.

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Crab cro­quette – N and I love our crab cro­quettes and these did not dis­ap­point. It was made to order, so deli­ciously crispy on the out­side with soft pip­ing hot centres.

I quite enjoy the rice to top­ping ratio in the sushi at Sushio Rio. The food is fresh, the ser­vice is prompt, and it’s just an all round enjoy­able experience.

Sushi Rio is loc­ated at Level 4 Westfield Sydney, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000.