The Best Sushi Trains in Sydney

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Sydney’s love affair with Japanese cuisine is ever-evolving. From 16 seat omakase bars to family-friendly robata grills, Sydney’s Japanese restaurants are being recognised as some of the best in the country. With that said, sushi trains are just as popular, if not more.

Who doesn’t love a sushi train? Whether you need a date night, a place to meet friends or a long lunch, sushi trains are convenient and affordable—depending on how much you eat.

Here are Sydney’s best sushi trains serving up a moveable feast for every occasion.

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Sushi Maru

Multiple locations
Expect well-priced, high-quality sushi, sashimi, and nigiri at Sushi Maru. You can take a seat at the train, which is always a preferred choice, or order off the menu and spread out at a table. They have several signature dishes including an aburi and salmon salad, which is a crowd-favourite. Don’t forget to try a hand roll. They have locations in Lane Cove, Double Bay, Blacktown, Five Dock, and more.

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Sushi Rio

Chatswood is known for its sushi trains. This one on Sussex Street offers a casual dining experience in low-lit surroundings, which is perfect for a first date. The conveyor belt is loaded with sushi, dumplings, grilled salmon, and other bigger items you don’t usually find at a sushi train. With that said, their sushi is always fresh, and consistent bite size. The takoyaki is a must, and all the sashimi is quality. Most plates are $3.50 so you can’t go wrong.

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Sushi Train Neutral Bay

Neutral Bay
Sushi Train Australia has multiple locations around the country, but the one in Neutral Bay consistently delivers fresh, tasty sushi and sashimi every time. The minimalist modern, Japanese-style venue is elevated with luxury touches, so you can feel like you’re having a fancy night out, without the hefty price tag. They have an extensive range of sushi, tempura, nigiri, and sashimi. You can order off the menu or pick from the train.

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Gou Sushi

Surry Hills
This no-frills hidden gem is a local’s secret but loved by all. Every day the chef slices up market-fresh fish from trevally to salmon and tuna. Any piece of sushi, sashimi or nigiri you grab with your chopsticks is a perfect mouthful. The flavours here are what set it apart. They have different sauces they like to drizzle on bite-size pieces. They even do a miso eggplant and other bigger dishes if you’re looking for something a little more filling. The best part, all plates are $3.20 during the lunch rush.

Sushi Express

Bondi Beach
This vibrant sushi train has art adorning its walls and is the go-to for sushi in Bondi. The menu is extensive, but you can expect to see the classics in sushi, sashimi and nigiri, along with hot dishes including noodle soup. They do scallops on the grill and a spicy prawn that’s popular. You can also get a bento box filled with delicious rolls.

Sushi Bay

Every weekend and weeknight Sushi Bay is filled with hungry shoppers stopping in for a lunch break or pre-movie dinner. The plates are affordable and they offer a good range of rolls and other classics on the train. Although you can offer off the a la carte menu. The vibe here is casual, but can easily turn into a late-night affair for many locals.

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