Sushi Hotaru

Having been to Makoto in Chatswood for so many years, I’m a staunch supporter of them and their other Masuya restaurants, although I’m disappointed to say that the quality of their Makoto sushi train at World Square in the city has declined in quality over the last year. I’ve preferred to get sushi sets and bento boxes at other Japanese restaurants around the main CBD instead during work hours, but I do miss the variety that only a sushi train can provide.

I had seen this place a number of times while going up to Kinokuniya in the Galleries Victoria and it seemed quite popular, and on this night, having consumed a number of cocktails with a fellow bar-fly and insisting that we have some sustenance to cushion our stomachs, we made our way over to try this establishment. We were seated almost immediately and as we were marched towards the back of the restaurant, I realised exactly how big the place was – I had originally thought they used a mirror on the back wall to give a feeling of space! The one annoying part is that the train is arranged in a hook-shape, so if you’re seated at the end of the ‘hook’ like we were, to get out you had to negotiate your way to the back and then march all the way up to the very front, which was a fair distance.

When we sat down, we were delighted to find that there was a touch screen ordering system!

Apparently it was an iPad 3. I didn’t even know there WAS an iPad 3 out yet. Hmm. The screen is very responsive and it has a confirmation screen so you don’t accidentally order four things at once if you have clumsy fingers. The train was decidedly uninspiring, and our seats were quite low to the train, so short little me constantly had to make a conscious effort to strain my neck up to see what was coming my way. I picked this off the train, an avocado and cucumber roll topped with salmon nigiri, Japanese mayo and thinly sliced red onion, before I remembered my dislike for cucumber. This is why you don’t go eating when you’re tipsy.

We then proceeded to make our way quite rapidly through the touch screen menu. Some grilled salmon nigiri? Oh an old classic, don’t mind if I do – two of those, please!

Some grilled scallops too? Oh why not, they’re always so delicious!

Some panko-crumbed prawns? You know you can never get enough of these babies!

At this point our agedashi soft shell crab arrived – so crispy and moreish and full of tasty crab meat.

And then while my friend polished off his miso soup I had one last thing off the train itself… a grilled scallop and salmon combination which was actually one sushi, not two, and it was quite difficult to eat it with (slightly tipsy) lady-like demeanor!

Overall, it was fabulous value – we had our fill and the bill for two was just over $20 – what a bargain! I’m definitely coming back here for sure.. maybe in a better state of sobriety 🙂

Sushi Hotaru
Shop 101, The Galleries Victoria
500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9264 9917

Sushi Hotaru

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