UPDATE 28th April 2015: This branch of Shiso has closed. The Crouch End shop is still open.
Shiso is a small, independent Japanese cafe tucked away on Long Lane near the Barbican. On the menu, you will find a selection of sashimi and sushi sets, gyoza, chicken katsu, noodles, teriyaki and Japanese tea. Vegetarian options include vegetarian sushi, gyoza and noodles. The style is self service and very much like the chain, Wasabi – the sushi are already pre-packaged and displayed in a fridge for you to take to the counter. The hot dishes are ordered at the counter too and are also already prepared. Shiso is very popular at lunchtime and there is often a queue of people, usually ordering food for takeaway. There are three or four small tables to eat in but they do get nabbed very quickly. The turn over is fairly quick however. The food can sell out quickly too – once it’s gone, it’s gone 🙂 Continue reading
There are a number of Sushi Train restaurants across Australia and a couple in New Zealand. The restaurants include a sushi bar, conveyor belt where diners can pick little dishes of sushi from the conveyor belt as they whizz past. This is nothing new and is a common feature of the dining experience in Japan. In the UK, we have a chain called YO! Sushi which also features a sushi bar.
I stumbled upon Sushi Train in Darlinghurst (or Oxford as stated on the website) on a very wet and cold Saturday evening – I learnt that when it rains in Sydney, it really rains…! I was looking for shelter from the rain and a quick bite to eat but I didn’t fancy Hungry Jacks (known as Burger King in the UK). Sushi Train appeared to me when I walked into the Oxford Square shopping centre. It was not too busy and I thought I’d give the Australian version of YO! Sushi a go – there weren’t too many places to choose from. Continue reading
I worked in Darlinghurst for 3 months and I visited Sushi on Stanley at least once a week. The food was excellent – tasty, very fresh and cheap. The restaurant was very small and best suited for a quick, informal meal or takeaway – the place gets full very quickly. There were a couple of outdoor tables but as there are no parasols, it could get rather hot in the Australian Summer. I often sat on one of the tables nearest the entrance and watched the world go by. Continue reading