Takumi, Haymarket, Sydney

Guest blogger edition

Takumi, on the top floor of Market City shopping centre, close to the food court area, is a Japanese sushi train that has been around as long as I can remember. The biggest drawcard for Takumi, is that they have a set price per dish of $3 ($2.50 if you have a market city parking ticket or student ID - really really good value for students!), rather than having a whole range of prices for each differently coloured dish. This advantage has somewhat diminished with the likes of Sushi Hotaru opening up and also doing a pretty standard price per dish ($3, no student discount though).

However, Takumi still remains super popular and on a Friday night, you will be pretty hard pressed to find a seat at dinner time! Luckily the seats are sufficiently squished and uncomfortable so that the turnover is pretty fast, haha.

Another benefit of Takumi is that the wait staff are super attentive and ready to run over any time you beckon, whether it be refilling your water or ordering items directly from the menu. The good thing about ordering from the menu is that the chefs make these FRESH - even if the same item is on the sushi train, they will still make you a fresh one. As such, it's almost always better to order from the menu than take from the train (avoiding the risk that the dishes have been circling for hours). Unless of course you're super impatient and starving like I sometimes am.

Salmon and avocado handroll- $3 - yes, the hand rolls are all $3! These are made to order and deliciously good value. A chunk of decent quality salmon, slice of avocado nicely wrapped in crisp nori.

Salmon tobiko - $3 - Salmon and salmon roe - a perfect combination. The saltiness of the roe balancing nicely with the creamy salmon and mayo.

Cooked prawn- $3 - yes there was originally 2 and yes I ate one before I remembered to take a photo. Nice sushi but nothing special here.

Octopus -$3 - not sure what this sauce was actually, looked a bit too strange for me to try >_<

Scallop omelette hand roll - $3 - fried egg with some hunks of scallop inside - decent but not mind blowing.

Salmon sashimi - $3 - smooth and silky melt in the mouth pieces of salmon sashimi- yummmm

The dessert isn't great at Takumi, so we popped down to the Chinatown night markets and finished our meal off with some Japanese pancakes and mochi

Different flavours and bulk buy discounts!

Rows and rows of pancakes fresh off the grill

Pounding and slicing the mochi 

The queues were long, but finally we get the goods!

The mochi with seasame

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1 comment:

  1. Love sushi train. Hardest part is not eating a fortune's worth of plates! lol