Friday, July 24, 2009

Sushi Choo express rolls into town

The $20 per person deal at Merivale’s Sushi Choo restaurant has been on for a while, and in fact, the hours have been extended because it’s been so popular.

We finally made it there last night, to enjoy the ‘all you can eat’ extravaganza. It’s available Tuesday to Friday at 12-2pm, and 6-8pm. We arrived right on the dot of 6pm, and by 6:20pm, the place was full. The setup at Sushi Choo consists of 2 long trains snaking around separate tables, with the sushi chefs busy at one end, in front of a kitchen.

They keep the trains well stocked, and you definitely won’t go hungry. The quality of the sushi is tops, very fresh, and as we were seated near the train ‘platform’, the hot dishes were still nice and warm when they got to our mouths.

If I had any complaint, it’s that, understandably, there is not much variety in the sushi on offered during the special deal times. We tried all of the dishes, and they included tuna sushi, salmon sushi, prawn sushi, 2 or 3 types of inside-out rolls, warm prawn katsu, warm gyoza (my favourite, so moist and tasty), edamame soy beans, seaweed in sesame, and a cold tofu with soy sauce. You can order other dishes, but these will cost extra to the $20pp. Drinks are a bit pricey, too, with an Asahi beer and green tea adding $12.50 to the bill.

What we had: sushi rolls, gyoza, prawn and salmon sushi, seaweed

I have to say, though, the staff at Sushi Choo are great, very helpful and observant, clearing away empty plates without asking. This efficiency had a downside – I forgot to count the number of plates we had, so my guesstimate is about 25-30 plates between the two of us. So all up, good value!

The décor is lovely here, and it’s worth going to if you want a decent feed at a reasonable price. The regular menu resumes after 8pm if you want to pay the extra.


  1. I like the little robot in the first photo! It sounds like the special deal is a good one, and the moist gyoza would be mouth-watering.

  2. I still haven't managed to eat here. Did attempt to once, but they happened to be shut for a couple of weeks! Pity about the lack of variety. All you can eat for $20 seems like great value otherwise.

  3. hi Arwen - we had about 3 plates of the gyoza, it was that good!

    hi Y - it is a good deal, I think, considering that it's quite ex-y otherwise. Nice atmosphere, too (but dark!).

  4. Oh man! I would have eaten the 30 dishes all to myself. I love sushi trains. I wish there was a deal like that here in melbourne, or maybe there is but they are keeping it from me because they know I will send them bankrupt! lol

  5. hi Maria - it's a limited offer at Sushi Choo, probably to avoid people like you eating them out of a restaurant!

  6. I think the value is great but yes the variety isn't huge but for $20 I'm not complaining. They must change one or two dishes as some readers have commented that they received different items and we didn't have gyoza then.