Zushi in Surry Hills
Zushi is a compelling Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills with chic ambience and top notch cuisine that delivers the traditional but with a modern twist. We visited as a family and loved the experience as one of our best for the year.
The menu is attractive and affordable and displays flair and inventiveness.
Chef Lee brings his 27 years experience to our kitchen and creates a mix of sushi and innovative Izakaya inspired dishes using carefully sourced local ingredients. Sharing is caring in the tradition of Asian dining, so we encourage a tapas style dining experience whether you are a group of two or twenty.
We were surprisingly offered a table after walking in off the street into a packed restaurant. A highlight is that staff collectively greet you upon entry. You are taken aback yet delighted - in the moment we responded ourselves with a muted greeting.
The Popcorn chicken was suitably crispy on the outside and tender within, and the portion was generous. The honey mayo was a perfect accompaniment. A definite winner for the kids and comments about "better than KFC".
The sushi rolls were outstanding and we ordered 2 types - fresh fillings and wonderful presentation. The tiger roll was our favourite - QLD banana prawn tempura,cucumber, prawn+avocado, honey mayo and sweet soy sauce.
The Ocean Rolls are also excellent - huon TAS salmon, cucumber, avo, seared salmon, honey mayo, sweetsoy, tobiko.
Zushi is famous for its "inside out" rolls - with prime ingredients on the outside of the rolls instead of the rice.
Zushi has several attractive dining spaces including an upstairs area. We were near the front entrance and could see the masterful chefs at work in the kitchen.
The fit out is modern and the atmosphere casual but still with an air of some sophistication. The lighting was a tad dim lending itself to the romantic. The courtyard around the corner looked even more romantic with fairy lights.
Chefs look smart in their attire and the service was engaging and attentive.
The kids were also keen for Teriyaki chicken - wok tossed chicken in teriyaki sauce which hit the spot.
Pork ribs were another highlight -twice cooked pork ribs,Japanese bbq sauce, julienned beetroot, shallots...
This was one of the best pork dishes we enjoyed for the year.