Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sushi Tei - Sydney

A rainy miserable looking Saturday morning calls for a good sleep in. Add in extra time to debate about what activities can be done on a wet and windy day, a side trip to the markets at the Entertainment Quarter, and we've got ourselves a super late lunch. Lucky for us, Sushi Tei does not close its door between their lunch and dinner service. Famished, we both wanted to order way too much food than what we could stomach. Luckily, the waiter advised us on reasonable portions and we ended up crazily full without an astronomical bill. We initially wanted three different appetisers, but after much ponderance, opted for just the chuka kurage (jellyfish). This was really tasty and flavoursome, the texture was good and it definately whet our appetite.
Chuka Kurage (jellyfish)
A sashimi salad ($11) was also ordered. We opted for the sesame dressing to accompany this (which was a really good choice, according to our waiter), and were surprised at the bit pile of raw fish that atopped our greens. Tasty and fresh :)
Sashimi salad
On the specials menu, there were tempting photos of otoro (fatty tuna belly). We fell for the bait, but really, when our other experiences of Otoro were our (biased) memories from Japan, this Otoro was set to fail from the very beginning. And miserably it did. No 'melt-in-your-mouth' goodness was felt.
Otoro Nigiri
A sushi platter was also ordered. Small california rolls, sea-urchin, salmon roe and flying fish roe ships, and a selection of fish on top of nigiri... Nothing too impressive. The salmon roe was of particular disappointment as it didn't seem fresh at all.
sushi set
Sushi Tei also had their special spaghetti range. Falling for the promise of an 'onsen' style egg, I decided to order the spaghetti with teriyaki chicken. This spaghetti came as a kind of spaghetti soup. Sure the egg was delicious and the chicken was good... but the package as a whole was a bit odd. I think I'll stick to their creamy based 'onsen' style egg pasta next time :)
chicken teriyaki spaghetti
We were well and truelly stuffed by the end of the meal. Some hits and misses with the food. Not a bad place to hang when you're stuck at an odd time between lunch and dinner.

Food - 7/10
Service - 7/10
Ambiance - 7.5/10
Value for money - 7.5/10
Overall - 29/40

Sushi Tei (Chifley Square)
1 Chifley Square
Cnr Elizabeth and Hunter St
Sydney 2000
Tel: (02) 9232 7288

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