“How did you manage to get a booking at Tetsuya’s so easily? I thought these fine dining restaurants are usually booked out for months!” I exclaim.
“Don’t get your hopes up too high, we are not going to Tetsuya’s” Mysaucepan says. The restaurant is called Tatsuya, not Tetsuya’s”.
“Oh well, it should be quite good since it sounds like Tet’s, wouldn’t it?” I joked.
“We shall soon find out wouldn’t we” she says.
Located just off busy Victoria road in West Ryde, Tatsuya is a little sushi bar next to a petrol station. Not the most glamorous of locations but once inside, the restaurant is cosy and service is snappy and efficient.
A mixed sushi platter comes with ten piece of assorted salmon, tuna and king fish sushi. After my first piece of sushi, I already know I would be coming back to this place.
The sushi is super fresh and at $16, this restaurant is what I like about the humble neighbourhood eatery – good, honest food at reasonable prices.
A California roll is not the usual nori cone filled with rice and raw fish. Instead, it comes with ten pieces of rolled up sushi rice, salmon tuna and avocado laced with tobiko.
Portions are generous and I know this would be one place I would be coming back quite often.
Except for the nori which I love for its crispy and umami taste, I think this presentation is quite appetising with the bright orange specks of fish roe.
I really don’t mind a California roll in the form of sushi pieces with a pair of chopsticks over a hand roll.
A mixed tempura comes with two plump king prawns and an assortment of sweet potato and other kinds of vegetables in a light and crispy deep-fried batter.
It’s a simple and regular tempura dish that one would find in most Japanese restaurants and I can’t fault it in anyway.
A yakiniku beef comes in thin slices of beef that is nicely seared and sliver of onions, chives and carrot. It can almost be passed off as a stir-fried dish in a Chinese restaurant but it’s tasty nevertheless.
So dear readers, which is your favourite casual sushi bar in Sydney?
2 – 6 Chatham road
West Ryde, Sydney
Tel : +61 2 9874 2322
Lunch and dinner Mondays to Saturdays. Closed Sundays.