Well then, sports fans, before we can begin to discuss the ins and outs of sushi in Sydney, it’s important to make sure we’re all on the same page when it comes to the sushi itself. What we mean is, setting straight the differences between each variety of sushi and, perhaps more importantly, which varieties that are thought to be sushi but actually aren’t. One such Japanese delicacy that falls into this category is sashimi, an entirely different thing to sushi. Sashimi is rice-less and involves meat – it doesn’t have to be raw and it doesn’t have to be seafood – it just has to be a small piece laid on top of a garnish. Sushi, on the flip side, is anything that involves the use of sushi rice, which is the key difference. Sushi, especially in Sydney, then comes in many shapes and sizes, maki and oshi being two of the most popular.
As anyone reading this likely already knows, Sydney is buzzing. It’s a world-famous city – so famous that often people wrongly assume it’s Australia’s capital – with a strong Asian influence and plenty of coastline, both of which are huge contributing factors when it comes to Sydney’s sushi credentials. Heck, you could even say Sydney is the perfect sushi city. Why? Well, first off, sushi joints in Sydney aren’t exactly few and far between and most of them – particularly those you’ll find on Quandoo – are damn good. Second, sushi lends itself perfectly to bustle of Sydney as it can be enjoyed just as well on the go and as it can be around a table. However you’re enjoying your sushi, in Sydney there’s no right way or wrong way, just a whole load of freshness and booming Japanese flavours.
It goes without saying that sushi has to be fresh – arguably more so than any other type of food out there – so from any sushi joint in Sydney you can expect, well, freshness, as well as vibrancy and tang. Good sushi should have rice that’s not too hard and separated but also not so stuck together that it feels like you’re eating fudge. After that, common ingredients used for sushi here in Sydney include avocado, pumpkin, cucumber, radish, seaweed and sometimes even asparagus. If sashimi is more your bag, popular fish and seafood varieties go as far as salmon, squid, mackerel, tuna, snapper and even octopus. Of course, sushi spots in Sydney won't always have everything, but with sushi and sashimi, it’s always better to go with quality over quantity.
Although sushi and sashimi are often viewed as a cuisine in their own right – which, to be fair, they probably are – it’s important not to forget the kitchen that they come from. That, of course, is the Japanese kitchen, one of the oldest yet, somehow, also one of the most contemporary in the world. As such, sushi in Sydney also means big old bowls of hot and steamy ramen, skewers done on scorching Japanese grills as well curries, bento boxes and crispy tempura. Then, you’d be silly to forget to complement any stage of your meal with one or two glasses of authentic sake. Find the best Japanese and sushi restaurants in Sydney via Quandoo and get reserving your tables – there’s much to be had.