Restaurant review: Sushi Train, Adelaide

Sushi Train
08 8231 3733
36 City Central Market Arcade
Adelaide Sa, SA

We used to have Kaiten Sushi in Melbourne. Well, we still do, but the one I usually go to is no longer under the same chef and is no longer good. There’s another one on little collins but I’m yet to try it. There’s the one in Crown, but it really isn’t nice.

What I mean to say is that I love Kaiten Sushi. I love the ones in Japan where almost everything is 100 yen, hot water comes out of a tap in the wall and you ring a bell and tap a digital menu on the wall for service. I love the variety of sushi and well.. I love everything about Kaiten sushi.

So when I heard that there were Sushi Train outlets in Adelaide, I was keen to go. In fact, I’ve gone back at least 4 times now. It’s convenient, I swear!

I’ve been to two outlets so far, one at Central Market and one at Welland Plaza. I rather like the Central Market outlet more because it is slightly nearer to the heart of the city and also because it is cozier. It’s a lot smaller and it can get quite squishy but I love the intimate feeling. (Ironically, photos are of the Welland Plaza as I didn’t bring my camera on my other trips to the central market outlet.)

Sushi is made on the spot, and the staff seems to be mostly made up of Japanese. Which is rather reassuring considering the number of kaiten sushi outlets I’ve been to that have been run by cantonese speaking staff members. Nothing against them, but I do rather like my cuisines to be authentic down to the staff. I know, I’m picky.

In terms of quality, it’s so-so. It’s not blow your mind good, but it’s not bad either. I’m happy enough to trot down every so often to watch the sushi plates play merry go round and to eat up all the tamago sushi on offer. Once, I watched a staff clean salmon fillets for a good half hour. I do love spending time here. It reminds me of my time in Japan, oddly enough. And that comforts me.

Would I go back? Hell yes. I love kaiten sushi so much! As long as it’s not atrocious like Oriental Express in Crown, I’ll be there.

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Review: Orient Express, Crown Melbourne.

Review: Orient Express, Crown Melbourne.

The ad:

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.

And waited.

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.

Orient Express

(03) 9645 9959
Crown Entertainment Complex,
8 Whiteman Street
Melbourne, 3006
Web: Orient Express

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