Sushi Suma, Surry Hills

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Mid-2015, N and I were on the hunt for a new Japanese res­taur­ant for sushi after two dis­ap­point­ing exper­i­ences at our favour­ite Japanese res­taur­ant. That hunt landed us in Sushi Suma, a Japanese res­taur­ant run by Japanese staff in Surry Hills.

We arrive at lunch hour and there are just a few seats left. The front two thirds of the res­taur­ant is seat­ing and that opens into the kit­chen at the back. It’s not the most intim­ate space — it’s loud (you can barely make con­ver­sa­tion) and cramped (you’re 10 – 20 cm from the next table) with rick­ety tables. There’s con­fu­sion over the order at the next table, but online reviews had us hope­ful that the food itself would be redeeming.

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I order the sushi and sashimi set ($16.90). While this was a very decent price to pay for such a set in Australia, it irked me that both the sashimi and sushi came out of the fridge wrapped in cling film. That aside though, the sashimi tasted fresh even if each slice was strangely a uni­form rect­an­gu­lar shape. The sweet­ness of the egg and the vin­egared rice were just right, although the soy sauce was so salty as to be bitter.

Overall, the food was tasty and the servings were decent, but it’d have been more enjoy­able in a more spa­cious, intim­ate set­ting. And of course, if I didn’t know it came cling wrapped out of the fridge. I didn’t go in expect­ing to receive fast food on a plate, and unfor­tu­nately, that’s what I was served.

Sushi Suma is loc­ated at 425 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2010.