SUSHI HUB is a fast expanding empire, an institution of New South Wales sushi. Now in their 10th year of operation they recently opened their 4oth location. The majority of these are spread over NSW with (soon-to-be) 6 stores in Melbourne. Call them the McDonalds of sushi but their food is healthy, mostly good for you, and made from the freshest of ingredients. I love them. I should point out that I have done some hosting of bloggers on behalf of the chain and one of their PR companies, Ompty Australia. Further to this I went to their 10yr Birthday Celebrations and even dressed up as a sumo and wrestled people haha. But, to be clear, we have business dealings – I do not want this to reflect on my review however.
SUSHI HUB CENTRAL VENUE:
As mentioned there are now forty plus SUSHI HUBS around the Eastern states but I am reviewing the food from one of them, the Chinatown, or more Central Station location, in Sydney’s CBD. Out of the 40 outlets I think only two of them are dine-in, mostly the venues are there for quick sushi takeaways and are quite small in size. Everything is made fresh throughout the day and their selections are vast. The venue I am reviewing is a dine-in venue and also has a small sushi train (conveyor belt). The seating is on the left-hand side of the venue, beyond the large takeaway order counters.
The back section is well attired with booth seating and some great panelling on the walls. It is quite different from what most people would expect from a SUSHI HUB. The bonus about this venue is that it is also licensed so beers and/ or sake are always an option. Be careful of that sake, it is heavenly until the next day.
SUSHI HUB SLECTIONS:
The menu selection is impressive. They offer mahi rolls, nigiri, inari, sushi boxes, salads, sashimi and also cater with impressive party platters. The food is always incredibly consistent between locations and it’s nicely cheap. I think for one takeaway lunch recently, from the Chatswood store, I had a maki roll, two inari and one nigiri and it was $10 exactly. And it perfectly fit into a plastic container with those little soy fish and wasabi satchels I so love. Can’t complain about that!
Each time I have visited each of the stores it has been different. Mostly I use my regulars discount card and get a quick lunch rush meal but when I have visited Central for blogger meet ups the venue caters for us. And they love to mix it up. Large plates of sushi rolls, we did the catering platters on one visit and on the last visit they wanted to show off their salads. All of it is impressive but as the saying goes – YOU CAN’T MAKE FRIENDS WITH SALAD – always the least consumed items, although the below off-menu sashimi salad made me quite friendly.
Traditionally Inarizushi is a pouch of fried tofu typically filled with sushi rice alone. It is named after the Shinto god Inari. Foxes, messengers of Inari are believed to have a fondness for fried tofu, and an Inari-zushi roll has pointed corners that resemble fox ears. Well they are supposed to have pointed corners but in usual Westernisation Inari is now an open pouch and is filled with whatever and all of it generalised to the title of Inari. I am not complaining, the Westernisation has made the food much more varied and I am sure much nicer tasting than sushi rice on its own. The below was an octopus Inari and it was probably my favourite, so colourful and quite sweet to the taste.
Nigirizushi (握り寿司, “hand-pressed sushi”) consists of an oblong mound of sushi rice that the chef presses between the palms of the hands to form an oval-shaped ball, and a topping (the neta) draped over the ball. It is usually served with a bit of wasabi; neta are typically fish such as salmon, tuna or other seafood. Certain toppings are typically bound to the rice with a thin strip of nori, most commonly octopus (tako), freshwater eel (unagi), sea eel (anago), squid (ika), and sweet egg (tamago).
The third photo from the top is a perfect example of a Prawn Nigiri – it is next to a sushi sandwich and a round prawn nigiri. I ate that entire plate of orange themed sushi and it was sublime.
THE PARTY PLATTERS AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS:
SUSHI HUB’s party platters are fanbloodytastic and I wish I had a head office I was at regularly so we could order them for work lunches. I love the look of them so full, fresh and colourful. They are very affordable and while I love my sushi fresh I took a bunch of the leftovers from the above party platters and ate them 7hrs later for dinner and they were just as tasty.
Then there is the themed items they occasionally brought out. They kindly made me the below heart sushi for Valentine’s Day. Didn’t tell them it broke me on the inside for being 10yrs single haha.
SUSHI HUB is what it is, mainly a fast takeaway sushi outlet. I like being able to dine in at the Central location and take a load off while eating their fresh sushi. While their jingle is one of the most annoying songs in jingle history it does stick in your head and therefore so does the brand. The business is ran exceptionally, the venues are clean, the sushi fresh and delicious, what more do you need?
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 2/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets (none) and 0/1 bonus
AND SO SHE HATES ME FOREVER – here is my good friend TayCray singing the Sushi Hub song hahahaha
Sushi Hub Chinatown Deets:
PH: (02) 9281 1258
815-825 George Street, Chinatown, Sydney, NSW
Mon-Fri: 8am – 10pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 930pm
BAR: No but they serve some alcohol
LOCAL DELIVERY: Possibly through the delivery companies
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes
KID FRIENDLY: yes
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such.
*** Special thanks and credit to Wiki for the information on the sushi types