Level 4, 252 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000http://www.merivale.com
Sushi without the train
This is the last week of the March Into Merivale $33 meal deals and I'm not exactly sure who sent me this March Into Merivale $33 voucher, but thank you, and today I chose Sushi e because I haven't been there before. I felt a little strange making a booking for one but once I arrived I was seated at one of the window tables in the corner which I was happy about because I then didn't stand out too much like a lonely 'no mates' diner. The restaurant is more suited to two or three people dining together so it's easy enough to eat their alone. I was kept company by the various pots of succulent plants. Chopsticks were disposable which at first took me by surprise as I would have thought such a classy and expensive place would have used real ones?
Sushi e has three menu choices and I remember liking the Spicy Salmon roll at the launch party so I chose the Dynamite roll (spicy tuna) inside out with nigiri selection of prawn, salmon, tuna, bonito, kingfish, snapper. I was hoping for a Sauvignon Blanc but the included white wine was Domaine Chandon Chardonnay 2008 which thankfully wasn't a heavily oaked one and was refreshing and light on the palate and complimented the sushi. To start the spinach goma ae salad was light and tasty with a fair amount of sesame seeds and I couldn't fault the miso soup. The dynamite roll was my favourite on the plate for texture and taste followed by the salmon which I always tend to enjoy over tuna and kingfish. I wasn't exactly sure which one was the bonito and snapper and got them confused with the white looking kingfish and orange looking salmon. To finish a Russian cream dessert was provided in a small shot glass with a spoon. It was very nice and like a light and smooth panna cotta with tasty strawberry coulis on top — not sure how a Russian dessert found it's way in a Japanese restaurant though.
The service was attentive and professional and seemed to make sure everyone was being looked after. I found the cushioned ottoman seats at the table a little too low for me which made them slightly uncomfortable when sitting for a while and I noticed if you sat at the tall seated bench it can be a little awkward to have enough room for your legs and to position them comfortably so perhaps keep this in mind.
Other visits to March Into Merivale:
• 14 April 2010 - Sushi e
• 12 March 2010 - est.
PROS: Freshly made sushi, Attentive and professional service, Clean flavours and quality ingredients
CONS: More expensive than a regular sushi train, Wouldn't suit large groups wanting to sit together, Seating can be a little uncomfortable depending on your height and where you sit
MUST TRY: Dynamite roll (spicy tuna) inside out, Russian cream dessert (possibly not a menu item)
$33 March Into Merivale menu
Dynamite roll (spicy tuna) inside out, nigiri selection of prawn, salmon, tuna, bonito, kingfish, snapper with a spinach goma ae salad $33
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Hemesphere entrance – Level 4
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