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Sushi-ya, Chatswood

Family dinners – I really do love them! Thank goodness we all share the same passion – food! It was our weekly dinner catch up and my parents suggested Sushi-ya. They have heard wonderful things about this place from their friends, and my brother, F and sis-in-law, O have been a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Sushi-ya is located in Chatswood, just in the outer fringe of the shopping district on Victoria Avenue. I don’t venture out to Chatswood very often and wouldn’t have known this place existed if it wasn’t from them.

A two storey restaurant, the ground level has a nicer decor than upstairs. The upstairs decor is very simple and minimal. It’s a bit of a trek to get up there (around the back, past the kitchen and up the stairs!) but don’t fret, diners are not neglected up there, service is still just as good.

We left the ordering to F, which meant a lot of fried goodness! We started with the agedashi tofu ($7.90) which was topped with finely chopped negi (spring onion) grated daikon and bonito flakes. Love good agedashi tofu and these were deliciously soft and excellent.

The whitebait ($11.50) is one of F’s favourites – crunchy and crispy. It was so hard not to keep popping them in your mouth!

I couldn’t go past the pork katsu set ($17.50), which was served with rice and miso soup. The pork was a little thin for my liking, it was tender and batter crunchy but did have a lot of ‘meat’. A little on the dry side, and I have definitely have had better pork katsu.

The chicken karage set ($17.50) was excellent. I love the juiciness and the tenderness of the chicken, the batter was good and dipped in mayo was oh so sinful!

Dad and I love unagi so couldn’t resist ordering the unagi don ($17.50). A generous serving of eel which was served in a shallow rectangular box. I really do love the box and was ‘tempted’ to take it home! The eel glistened and was incredibly succulent. Dad and I fought for every single last piece.

The smoked salmon wrapped around rice, avocado and mango ($9.80) was nice but nothing special. The mango was a little disappointing, I am guessing as it is not mango season it was hard to find fresh mango. The thin layer of smoked salmon was lovely and we certainly enjoyed it.

The spicy calamari tempura ($13.80) was a tad oily, the batter wasn’t as crispy as I thought it would be and wasn’t spicy at all. The calamari itself without the batter was tender, but taking the batter off would defeat the purpose of it being ‘tempura’.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of the soft shell crab ($12) – I was supposed to order the soft shell crab ‘roll’ but ordered wrong. Regardless, the soft shell crab was excellent. My only gripe would be that there were only two small soft shell crabs cut into halves, and there were five of us!

I think Dad was hoping for more sashimi and sushi, however, F do prefer their hotter dishes. My favourite would have to be the unagi and the chicken karage.

The service at Sushi-Ya is warm and friendly and extremely welcoming. I have read that their sashimi is not as good as their cooked dishes. We sat there discussing about our next family holiday – Bali? New Zealand? China? I don’t mind where as long as we all go!

We were all too full for dessert! I would have liked some green tea ice cream with red bean but that would probably put me in the upper range of full! A great Japanese restaurant, I would go back if I lived closer, but there are probably better Japanese restaurants closer to where I live. Regardless, still a wonderful meal with the family. There are so many eateries in Chatswood, I really do need to venture out there more often!

GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10

Sushi-ya

174 Victoria Avenue

Chatswood 2067

Ph: +61 2 9413 3300

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  1. June 8, 2011 at 6:49 am

    is this related to Artarmon’s sushi ya?

    hmmm the chicken karaage looks super yummm

  2. paulus
    June 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

    come come to NZ.we go eat together. i really want to try fine dining especially with an expert like you

    • June 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

      NZ was definitely on the list! will let you know when and if I do go 🙂 where abouts in NZ?

  3. June 9, 2011 at 5:58 am

    the calamari looks terrible :s

  4. paulus
    June 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Auckland.currently studying in college.

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