Sydney food courts are a delight for foodies. Especially for Japanese food lovers. Every street corner will have a Sushi bar, and all food courts will have an Asagao. Asagao is a Sushi chain, perhaps the largest one in Sydney. They are always crowded and in city, people queue up to be seated. But I have seen most people grabbing a Sushi roll or a takeaway Sashimi plate and hurrying back to their offices. The Asagao near our place, at the Rhodes shopping mall has plenty of seating space, of course at peak lunch hours, these are taken too.
The dictionary meaning of sushi is -Cold cooked rice dressed with vinegar that is shaped into bite-sized pieces and topped with raw or cooked fish, or formed into a roll with fish, egg, or vegetables and wrapped in seaweed.
I am fascinated by how Sushi is made and the way they look. By far the most interesting and pretty looking food I have seen. And when they are stacked in rows they look really lovely. And they say Sushi tastes best when freshly made and eaten. If your Sushi is hard, then its probably stale or has been sitting on the shelves for way too long. I however, am not a Sushi lover. But I have heard how Sushi in Sydney is ‘remodeled’ to suit the palates of a floating Indian population, with stuff like Tandoori Chicken Sushi!! Besides these the dumplings, which are called Gyozas look pretty out of the world too. For the busy office goers you have the regular lunch boxes, and for the more choosy ones there is a pretty extensive menu to choose from- chicken teriyaki, ramen, noodles, pork dumplings, stir fries, BBQ noodles, sea food rolls and plenty more to choose from. The Asagao at the Rhodes Shopping mall doesn’t have a Sushi Train. I’ve heard that the Asagao at Pitt Street is a Sushi train restaurant. Wondering what a Sushi train is? Sushi Train restaurants are said to be a cost effective way of eating sushi. At these restaurants, the sushi is served on color-coded plates, with each color denoting the cost of the sushi serving. The plates are placed on a conveyor belt – yah just like the airport ones :-). As the belt or boat passes, the customers choose their desired plates. After finishing, the bill is tallied by counting how many plates of each color have been taken.
But my man here, was not very impressed with all the Sushi talk. He decided to go for a seafood noodle instead. When it finally arrived, I was ready with my camera to shoot him devouring octopuses, muscles, scallops, shrimps and what not. Yah, there is marine life in his stomach.