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A dear friend of mine is utterly obsessed with pilots. No trip to the airport is complete without her feverishly clutching at your arm, loudly whispering, “Look! There’s another one! Another pilot! DO YOU SEE? DO YOU SEE THE PILOT??” She has a similar obsession with bouncers, but that’s another story. Anyway, in her mind, it seems there’s a rule that all pilots must be good-looking.
It’s the reverse situation with sushi trains. For some reason, there’s a rule that they have to be butt ugly inside (with the exception of maybe Hanaichi in the CBD). At the end of the day, I don’t really care because I freaking LOVE sushi and would bust some heads to get my fix. But still – as I sat in Hanabishi recently for lunch, I couldn’t help but think (as I glanced around the clean yet uninspiring room at the uncomfortable chairs, the garish lighting, the tired serving plates, and all of the cats waving madly) this could be a lot nicer.*
But, let’s face it: it’s cheap, it’s tasty, and it’s usually a form of take-away, so who am I to get on my high horse about ambiance at a sushi train. Speaking of the sushi – I tried a California Roll, and a Salmon Roll. Both were tasty – the California obviously wasn’t using prime chunks of real crab or anything, but the avocado was fresh and the rolls held together well.
The Salmon Roll
was also good, although some might snort at the idea of canned salmon in a sushi roll. I don’t know why, but I quite like it. Again, these little guys held up well against the wrath of my chopsticks.
Hanabishi is very well priced, considering it is the more upmarket inner-city Barracks center. From memory, plates start from about $3.50. The sushi is good value, although not the best I’ve ever had (but take this with a grain of salt, as I only had two plates). Plus, they’re fully licensed. You can also order a variety of Japanese dishes from the menu, like sashimi and tempura vegetables, as well as more heartier meat-based dishes.
Pilots, bouncers, and people nicknamed ‘wagon’ (don’t ask) aside – I have my own rule about sushi trains too, which is that they’re always worth a shot.
Sushi Train and Japanese Restaurant
The Barracks Shopping Centre
61 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace
Open for lunch and dinner, seven nights a week
(07) 3367 3889
*I recently looked at The Barracks website and Hanabishi looked different – so, there’s a chance they have renovated since I visited. If so, many apologies!