Nothing compares to the mouth-watering deliciousness of sushi paired with the convenience of a miniature conveyor train as a form of delivery service to your table. The Japanese combo fits a myriad of occasions, from date night to family catch-ups, to birthday celebrations and budget-friendly midweek dinners, depending on how many of those coloured plates you stack up.
Strangely enough, sushi trains around these parts are hard to come by, so we’ve saved you time and fixed you up with our round-up of the best sushi trains on the Sunshine Coast, so you’ll be ready to dine in shinkansen speed.
Sushi Yah Man
With a musical playlist set solely to reggae, Sushi Yah Man provides a point of difference to the Sunshine Coast sushi train scene that’s so unusual, it works! Reggae aside, Sushi Yah Man lay all the foundations of an authentic izakaya restaurant with menu highlights of locally-sourced sashimi, nigiri, sushi, tempura and those crispy fried nuggets of karaage that’ll have you swaying to Bob Marley quicker than you can grab your sushi plate from the conveyor.
Brown Rice Sushi
Ditch that accessory around your waistline as Brown Rice Sushi in Peregian Springs proves their sushi train is the only (conveyor) belt you’ll need with its tastebud tickler of a menu featuring all your favourites. Think: California rolls, teriyaki chicken, seared salmon, vegetable tempura, and to cement this one in as a winner, all sushi plates are $3.80 a pop. Stack ‘em high, folks, reaching sumo status has never been more achievable.
One of the more recent sushi trains on the Sunshine Coast, Hikaru in Buddina is guaranteed to please a crowd with its expertly prepared, visually appealing sushi train meals. Making you happy is their motto, and they pretty much nail it with their selection of sushi rolls, nigiri, gunkan and sides, so book yourself a one-way ticket any night of the week, because we have a feeling you won’t want to be returning home to your regular kitchen following a Hikaru feast.
On A Roll Sushi
Whether you think you’re turning Japanese or you’re just chasing a feed at one of the best sushi trains on the Sunshine Coast, this place is literally on a roll with their expansive 300-item strong menu. You read correctly, three hundred big ones, and all boasting the freshest ingredient going around town, including Tasmanian salmon, yellowfin tuna and Hikari rice. Sure, we could list all the menu items for you, but do yourselves a favour, set aside an hour and nestle into the sleek, modern timber design of On A Roll Sushi in Birtinya to sample them all for yourself. Then, wait another week, and repeat.
If you’re on the look-out for a midweek dinner that won’t break the bank, Miko Sushi in Bli Bli makes removing your home uniform of Ugg boots and trackies totally worth it with their cheap Tuesdays, starring exclusively $3.50 portions. That’s got to be one of the best cheap sushi trains on the Sunshine Coast. These guys have been on the block for five years now so you can trust whatever they serve up is going to send your tastebuds dancing into a food-comatosed bliss. Plus, they’re BYO and that always leads to a good night out.
Cherry Blossom Tree Japanese
When you’re not sure what type of sushi you’re in the mood for, you’ll be pleased to know Cherry Blossom Tree incorporates a menu featuring the best of traditional and modern flavours set within an elegantly petite atmosphere of bustling Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore. Chopsticks in hand, treat yourself to teriyaki chicken rolls or give their specialty dragon roll with grilled eel, egg and avocado its 20-seconds of fame. Cherry Blossom Tree confirms good things truly do come in small packages and we’re absolutely on board with that.
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