Sushi Tei, Sydney
We had a couple of friends, J and E from Canberra in town, we have known them for a while now and travelled with them to the Caribbean a while back – one trip I will never forget!
I had originally wanted to go to Makoto, it has been such a long time but the queues as per usual were unbelieveably long and I was too hungry and impatient to wait. I remembered another foodie friend of mine, telling me about this recently opened sushi place, Sushi Tei, Japanese sushi chain which originated from Singapore. There is one at Chifley Square and they had recently opened another branch on Liverpool Street just a block down from Makoto.
The restaurant was new, and relativey empty, which suited us fine. The menu was the same as that from Chifley, it was glossy and gigantic!
It is also self ordering, I can’t remember if the Chifley branch is self ordering, as it has been a while since I went back. It took us a while to figure out what we wanted and even longer to figure out where things were on the order sheet.
We started with the sashimi salad with special ‘Sushi Tei’ dressing. The salmon sashimi were fresh and absolutely wonderful. The salad were also fresh, and crisp.
We ordered a plate of sashimi – salmon, tuna and king fish. We couldn’t get enough of sashimi and wanted more.
Next the salmon and prawn sushi. I personally prefer sashimi to sushi, sometmes I just find I end up eating too much rice and it makes me feel a little bloaty.
The deep fried soft shell crab were wonderful. Unfortunately, there werw only three crabs and four diners. ‘The Mother’ and I ‘shared’ one, but he ate majority as it is one of his favourite dishes. The batter was light, I found it to be a tad oily but it was still tasty.
I can never go pass the chicken karage – still in search for the best chicken karage in Sydney. The chicken was lightly battered and then deep fried, the chicken was succulent and juicy. Eaten with a dollop of mayonnaise it was stupendous!
E and J wanted some gyoza and they were cooked to perfection – browned on the bottom, and juicy on the inside. I had to carefully eat these, as last time, I accidentally squirted the juice on someone’s face and I was highly embarrassed!
Last but not least, agedashi tofu, another favourite of mine. J is not a big fan of tofu, but only cause he hasn’t had ‘proper’ agedashi tofu and we were right. He liked them! The agedashi tofu was slighty crunchy on the outside and soft and delicate on the inside. The tofu was so soft that it really required no chewing – it was delightful.
It was aboslutely wonderful catching up with both E and J. It’s not very often that they come to Sydney and we promise to come and visit you both in Canberra soon.
Sushi Tei is no Makoto, as it is still my favourite sushi place. The restaurant did get busier as the night went on. It is a very casual place that serves pretty decent Japanese food. The watier and waitresses were tentative and price very reasonable.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
127A Liverpool Street
Ph: +61 2 9232 7288