It came with some surprise to find that Ozeki Sushi in Chatswood had been replaced by Sushi Rio. While I wouldn't call Ozeki the greatest sushi bar in town, my experiences there weren't too bad so I wondered what their replacement would be like.
I finally managed to visit Sushi Rio today and learnt the very important lesson that there are two kinds of sushi - sushi and sushi that looks like sushi.
All of Sushi Rio's sushi dishes are set at $3.50 making dining here a straightforward experience. But looking over the menu, it seemed to me that at $3.50, the sushi here was a tad overpriced.
The menu offered little more than the standard sushi train fare: salmon, kingfish, tuna, prawn and the ever ubiquitous avocado fusion roll variations heaped with mayonnaise...
Still, credit where credit is due. The sushi was the perfect fit-in-your-mouth size. Some may find the portions too small, particularly given the price and quality, but there is an elegance to rightly sized sushi that I respect and I found the bite-sized portions to be enjoyable.
Unfortunately, that is where my enjoyment here ended. Other than the scallop - which was sprightly and fresh tasting - the rest of the toppings lacked anything resembling life. I noted some flavour to the marinated mackerel and the kingfish had a bit of texture to it but that was about it. The salmon roe, which looked sparkly and glittery, died the death of brine when you bit into it.
I'm not sure if mojo is everything but surely a little bit helps? Hopefully Sushi Rio will put the carnival back into their toppings sooner rather than later.