Orient Express brings a world first exclusively to Crown Melbourne with the very first Sushi Train which will serve both HOT and COLD dishes. Along with the traditional sashimi and sushi, this train serves hot dishes inc. yum cha, tempura, Teppanyaki & Thai noodles and much more.
It sounded so promising. The ads showed a double decker sushi train that excited the sushi train nerd in me. I love sushi trains. Ever since being in Japan, I have had an obsession with them. Unfortunately we don’t have good Sushi trains in Melbourne, so I was really hoping this would be good. Crossing my fingers and squeezing my eyes tight praying.
It was not to be.
I visited Orient Express one Friday. For a friday night and in Crown, it was surprisingly quiet. That should have been my first warning sign. But I was oblivious and delirious with joy at the prospect that I’d be having Japanese food. I do so love it.
We took our seats and waited.
Oh hey! Here’s the first plate.
How simple is this, and how impossible was this to screw up? This would be a safe starter, I thought. How wrong was I. This was bland, tasteless and not very appetizing at all. So much for an appetizer.
The amount of food on the conveyer belts (both top and bottom!) was few and looked pretty pathetic. They didn’t look appetizing, the serving size was small and the more I watch the dishes chugged slowly by, the more my heart sank. A magical night it was not meant to be.
Salmon, not fresh. No sweetness, no joy. Rice, stale.
About the only thing I had that night that I didn’t feel disappointed with was the Tamago sushi. So I loaded myself up with it. Thankfully this was tasty and edible. But really, the quality of food at this place is appalling. And it’s in Crown! Not to mention, the wasabi wasn’t fresh and was packet stuff that the takeaways dish out.
Not happy Celeste wasn’t happy.
There’s not much else to say about this place. It just didn’t appeal, and it sure didn’t excite. As we were leaving, more folks walked in. And I really wonder how many return customers this place gets. What a waste of a meal. And that hot thing? Didn’t even keep food all that hot. Bleh.
(03) 9645 9959
Crown Entertainment Complex,
8 Whiteman Street
Web: Orient Express