If you've visited Sydney before, you may have noticed the vast abundance of Sushi restaurants in the city. Most, if not all, are based on the concept called a "sushi train" which is basically plates of sushi that are travelling around the restaurant on a belt - just like how your luggage is rotating on the belt waiting to be picked up by you. In Japan, you will probably find more restaurants that serve an a la carter menu of sushi, where sushi is brought to your dining table, or if you're lucky, made right in front of you by the counter.
Today I wanted to introduce a Sushi restaurant in Sydney, which wi out doubt is the best Sushi restaurant in Sydney. It's the Umi Restaurant at Darling Harbour. Why is this the best? Well first of all, before you even start eating, you get to be in on of Sydney's most vibrant locations where many other great restaurant and bars are located. If you're here on a Saturday evening, you get to see the very bright and loud fireworks from 8:30PM.
Once you do enter, you have the option of dining either by the counter or a dining table. I recommend the counter if you're eating alone or with another. Larger groups would probably suit the outdoor terrace area where there are larger tables. Once seated by the counter - which is always where I prefer, you can just start grabbing the fresh seafood travelling by your eyes. If you want to order something that is not running along the train, you can also order directly from the menu.
One of the things I like about Umi is that it's seafood is just so fresh. Many times you come across sushi restaurants and the flavour may be there, but the freshness can be mediocre. Umi also has a large variety of seafood options. Some where you just can't find elsewhere, such as Uni (sea urchin) and Toro (fatty blue fin tuna).
Blue fin fatty tuna - this just melts in your mouth after your first bite!
Kingfish Belly sashimi - you have to ask for this because it's not on the menu, and it's worth it!
Pricing of sushi so are colour coded by the plates, and you need to ask the waiter to count the plates for you before you can pay your bill. Just watch out for that bill as you can really build up those figures if you continuously eat the best of the best! Do go during the lunch time though as during the weekdays, they have a happy hour where every dish (except for sashimi) are just $3.60..
They also have hot food items on their menu which is pretty good as well if you wanted to share something more substantial. Umi has another restaurant within the CBD, just next to the Event Cinemas. Another store they have is close to central station next to the Haymarket Post Office. But you won't find the quality and variety as you do from the store in Darling Harbour.
As this really is my personal favourite, I visit here at least twice a month!
Umi sushi - darling harbour
Address: Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9283 2006
Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:30
Average spend: Lunch - $20, Dimner - $30 - $40
Access: 9 minutes walk from Museum station or 11 minutes walk from Town Hall station via the City Circle service.
Born in Japan, brought up in Hong Kong and currently living in Sydney, Australia.
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