Sushi Station review
Yes, this is another sushi review. I know what you’re thinking: “Does Ally have a bit of a sushi problem?” Yes people, I do. It makes me happy. I do a little dance when I know I’m going to be having sushi that day. I may have even given that dance a name (the Ally’s-going-to-sushi-train dance). Quit judging me. I know secretly everyone’s doing their own little sushi dance inside.
Especially when that sushi dance leads to Sushi Station, at Toowong. This place continues to blow me away every time I visit it. The best part? It’s a sushi train! Everyone knows sushi is way more fun when it’s chugging along on a conveyor belt.
Although Sushi Station is a chain, every location has a different menu (yeah, I’ve been to several. Whatever). The Toowong branch is incredible value for money. Plates come in $2, $3, $4, and $5 denominations, featuring sashimi, maki-sushi (bite-size hand rolls), yuramaki (inside out hand rolls), inari, nigiri, tempura, and other delights.
Servings are very generous, especially on the $3 plates. I figured out one day (I have a lot of time on my hands) that a standard $3 plate of maki-sushi equates to about two hand rolls in an average takeaway joint. On an off day, I can spend $6 and be very full at this place.
Seating is arranged around the train, with one large bar-style circular bench that ensures maximum train access. There are also a few square tables jutting from one side, so it’s possible to dine with a bigger group of people. I ordered a plate of tuna and cucumber which the chef happily made up for me. Six little pieces of tuna and cucumber yuramaki were delicious. They held together firmly, and the tuna had a slightly sweet flavour. The cucumber’s crunch meant the dish had interesting opposing textures.
My sushi partner in crime, L, grabbed a plate of California rolls. Again, they tasted fresh and held together well, but I’m pretty sure there was a seafood stick intruder or two.
I thought I might let loose a little and try something different next-I got a seaweed seafood ship. The seaweed on top was crunchy and flavoursome, but there wasn’t enough-a couple of chop stick maneuvers and I was left with a mound of unappetizing plain rice in the bottom of the ships.
We also got a beef and avocado yuramaki (below), a salmon and avocado yuramaki, and a small plate of tuna sashimi. The salmon had a fantastic colour, tasted and smelt fresh, and went beautifully with the creamy avocado. Not bad for $3. The tuna had that gorgeous dusty pink colour that you only see on great sashimi and the cheekbones of Miranda Kerr. It was also fresh-tasting, but didn’t come close to the salmon’s standards.
The range of dishes on the train is really fantastic, and something I haven’t seen anywhere else. Accompanying standard rice-based dishes are endamame beans; marinated chicken, beef, and vegies; egg rolls; steamed pork buns; spring rolls; and this odd-looking kebab type dish (below) that puzzles me. I have no idea what’s in it, but I do know that it’s fantastic with a hangover.
Green tea and water is served free (they’re also BYO, but I’m yet to work up the courage to crack a VB), and there’s plenty of fresh wasabi paste, pickled ginger, and soy sauce. If you are a filthy animal and choose not to savour your sushi, you can grab takeaway too.
My only gripe with this place is the freshness of some ingredients. While the fish and meat are always tasty and fresh, I’ve spotted giant tubs of mashed up avocado and chopped up cucumber in the fridge. At the end of the day, the sushi still tastes damn good, but I really hope it doesn’t come with a side of greens that are long past their use by date.
If the train is not your thing (and if it isn’t, you disgust me), you can order such dishes off a separate menu like Japanese soba noodles ($5), sashimi salad ($9), or agedashi tofu. There’s also green tea and tempura ice cream ($3) if you’re in the mood for something sweet. Although, if you’re like me, you will be rolling out of the place moaning and rubbing your swollen but satisfied belly.
Shop 11/50 Sherwood Road
(also at a variety of locations around Brisbane including Bulimba, Sunnybank, Carindale, and the CBD)
07 3871 2088
Open for lunch from 11am daily (excluding Public Holidays)
Open for dinner from 5pm daily