Sushi Suma, Surry Hills
Sushi Suma has been around for as long as I remember. I remember coming here often many years ago and it certainly has been a while since my last visit. So long that they are now next door to their original premises with more space and there is even an upstairs area! It certainly has been a while!
Sushi Suma is located in Surry Hills on the busy street of Cleveland Street. One thing that hasn’t changed is that they still don’t take reservations so go in early to avoid the queues. The price has slightly increased (inflation I assume) but it is still reasonably cheap and quite decent.
I was here with the family, and we thought we would order a few of the dinner sets and a couple of other dishes. The Sushi dinner set ($34.80) consists of sashimi, agedashi tofu, yakitori (chicken), sushi, miso soup, ice cream and japanese tea. Quite a generous serving.
To start off with, the cold vermicelli salad with carrot and radish.
The complimentary miso soup.
The sashimi deliciously fresh and tasty.
Like the sashimi, the sushi was fresh, salmon, tuna, king fish, prawns as well as a couple of nori rolls (tuna, sashimi and california rolls). Love the sashimi sushi and california rolls.
I love agedashi tofu and this was good, lightly battered then deep fried, the tofu was soft and frigging delicious.
The chicken yakitori was nice but nothing to rave about.
The tempura dinner set ($34.80) consists of either sushi or sashimi, and we opt for sushi, agedashi tofu, yakitori (chicken), miso soup, rice, ice cream and japanese tea.
The sushi, a smaller serve but still quite generous was delicious.
I love the tempura dinner set – a mix of seafood and vegetables, thinly battered and then deep fried. My favourites are definitely the prawns and the eggplant. We were all fighting for the last piece that I forgot to take a photo! You will just have to believe me that the tempura were fantastic!
Last of the Katsu dinner set ($34.80) – a choice of either pork or chicken and we all went for pork. Same as the tempura dinner, we had an option of sushi or sashimi and opt for sashimi, agedashi tofu, yakitori (chicken), miso soup, rice, ice cream and japanese tea. Unfortunately the pork katsu was not as tender as we had hoped. The batter was thin and crispy but the pork itself was just a little dry which was a shame.
We also ordered a side of yakiniku ($16.80), pan fried thin sliced scotch filled and veggies with garlic soy sauce. Generously thin sliced beef, some still rare, served with bean sprouts and topped with sesame and chili – it was incredibly tender and the garlic soy sauce was delectably addictive!
Dessert, a scoop of vanilla ice cream which sat on crunchy cornflakes and red bean drizzled with green tea. How could I have forgotten about their ice cream and cornflakes? I remember thinking it was weird at first, but really did enjoy the extra crunch! It would have been better I think if it was green tea ice cream instead of just plain vanilla. Regardless, it was a nice way to end the meal.
Service minimal, but food is fantastic for what it is. Generous servings and the diner sets are great value. Definitely good for large groups, but get there early as they don’t take reservations and queues can be horrendously long.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
425 Cleveland Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: +61 2 9698 8873