It's hard to remember a time before the sushi revolution hit Sydney – but it's easy to see why it's taken off quite as much as it has. It's the perfect snack or meal to enjoy all round the day, it's healthier than loading up on junk food and there are so many varieties to keep things interesting. But with so many places offering sushi it can be hard to choose which ones are the best – so we've done some of the work for you.
1. Genki Sushi
Nearly 50 years ago, and inspired by the production line he'd seen at Tokyo's Asahi Beer factory, sushi chef Fumio Saito came up with a concept of delivering small plates by conveyor belt. The result was Genki Sushi, which is now a worldwide brand with a global reputation for excellence.
2. Kobe Jones
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With its sister restaurant in Melbourne, Kobe Jones promises you the very best of modern Japanese sushi with a distinctly Californian twist. The easy-going approach means that the emphasis is very much on sharing plates with the freshest ingredients expertly prepared by head chef Seung Kyu Min - plus the experience is made even more special by the stunning harbour views from the all-weather balcony.
A regular on the favourite restaurant lists for Sydney, Mamasan is now open in Surry Hills as well as at its original location in Bondi. Under the watchful eye of Mamasan Gemma, delicious sushi is prepared by expert chefs and served in surroundings that the restaurant describes as "Moulin Rouge meets 1920s Shanghai". The sushi menu ranges from white fish carpaccio to Big Mamasan – 18 pieces of the chef's selection of the very best fish of the day.
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There are now three Zushi restaurants in Sydney – in Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and, since 2016, Barangaroo. The vibe is very much informal Japanese dining with a relaxed atmosphere in the buzzy environment of any of the three restaurants. They aim for a tapas-style experience with plates to share - and for an even more extensive Japanese experience, they also have a great range of sake rice wine to sample.
5. Harajuku Gyoza
Although gyoza are more typically steamed and filled dumplings, it's well worth taking a trip to Harajuku Gyoza to taste their fusion on these traditional treats with sushi. The key dish on the menu to achieve this is the open gyoza with smoked salmon, which combines the fresh, clean flavours of the fish with the more substantial and beautifully soft dumpling wrapper.
6. Sushi Train
We couldn't have a round-up of sushi restaurants in Sydney without mentioning the phenomenon that is the Sushi Train. If you want to introduce the kids to the pleasures of sushi this is the place with its train that delivers the sushi straight to your table. It's also famous for specialising in great value party platters for when there's a group of you. In fact the whole package is such a popular concept that it's no wonder there are now no less than 46 Sushi Train restaurants in Australia and two in New Zealand as well.
If reading this has left you wanting to get to know sushi a little better then let Deliveroo introduce you today!