February 24, 2011

I'm not dead

Hello Everyone!

I know I've been a little M.I.A lately... this year has just been very difficult ...already. I'm sure many of you feel my pain; juggling my work, family, social & love life has been an arduous task to say the least. BUT alas I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel :)

For now.. I dont have any baked goodies to share with you all but I do have a little gem my gf, G and I came across for dinner the other night... its called Sushi Hotaru. Its a new sushi bar that has opened underneath Ichiban Boshi in Galleries Victoria. They have an opening special, where all sushi plates and side dishes are only $2.50!! Bargin, I know!! Hurry, the deal is only until the end of the month tho! Enjoy! x

Sushi Hotaru was a really nice surprise! I was cynical at first, thought that maybe the sushi wouldnt be authentic.. another "Sushi Train" prodigy. But I was impressed, not only do they have an awesome selection, the sushi was true and fresh! It's obviously no Kobe Jones or Sake but I think its good value for money, especially if you want to chill for a mid week dinner out. And who wouldnt want to take advantage at $2.50 a dish!!!

They seriously have the longest sushi train in the world! (Ok not the world but I reckon they could give in the title - "Longest sushi train in Sydney" a good run for its money) It's pretty much the entire width of the building!!


Loved the decor of the place too! The tiled mosaic walls were of the Japanese cityscape, very artsy fartsy :) hehe

Roll Menu

Gunkan menu

Grilled Eel nigiri - $2.50

Edamame beans gunkan $2.50 - this was interesting, I love Edamame beans, so initally I really liked the idea behind it, but I dont think I can say that I am a fan of this one. The rice made the beans too heavy for me.

Kingfish Aburi sushi - $2.50

Kaarage Chicken $2.50 & Gyoza $2.50

Ebi Fry -$2.50

Soft Shell crab salad - Ok so I got a little excited/carried away and thought this was part of the $2.50 menu, unfortunately it wasn't but it was still very delicious, could've lightened up on the ponzu sauce as it got quite acidic towards the end but still good. The crab was fresh and had the right amount of crisp.

Scallop nigiri $2.50 - this has to be my favourite next to the Iku (Squid) nigiri. The freshness and sweetness of seafood really comes through - truely beautiful!

Salmon Aburi sushi - you guessed it! $2.50

Salmon nigiri - $2.50

Strawberry & Red Bean Daifuku $2.50 - one of my favourite Japanese desserts - mochi (rice cake) filled with a red bean paste and a strawberry in the middle. I have to say that the red bean was a little too thick which made it a little heavy and stuck to my throat but all the flavours were there and it was still quite enjoyable!

There were other desserts there too but by this stage I was at bursting point so couldnt fit any more in!! Lol! So I guess I'm just gonna have to rely on you guys to let me know how the other main dishes and desserts are when you go try out this place! ;)

Oooiiissshiii!!! x

Sushi Hotaru
Galleries Victoria, Shop RP1
500 George Street

Sydney, 2000


  1. Good to hear from you! Hopefully life will slow down a little for you soon, so that you're able to not only smell the roses but enjoy the food too =D

  2. Yay, you're alive! I saw this place the other day when I was in the city - I was in awe of the uber long train too! The sushi really looks nice...although I do love Sushi Train, so just about any type of sushi will make me smile.

  3. Yumo, Salmon Aburi is my absolute fav! Will be trying this place asap.

  4. Aww I know how you feel! I'm definately not blogging as much as I want to and no where near cooking/baking as much as I was this time last month, which wasn't very much at all. Boy that sushi train sure does look like it goes on forever!

  5. I heard about this place! Must try :-)

  6. I saw this place the other day (Freedom furniture is my 2nd home) and was thinking that I hadn't seen anyone review it yet. Thanks for telling us about it, your photos are really nice. Oishi indeed!

  7. that mosaic wall is awesome! mmm $2.50 salmon aburi is bloody fantastic

  8. All that agemono... *drool*

    Mochi with a mohawk is an interesting way to present the dessert :)

  9. Good to hear that you are still alive dear! We all missed you! Hope you'll make an appearance more often.

    Food looks fresh and fab! $2.50 is a bargin! YUMMO

  10. That food looks so so fantastico! I have this burning sushi craving, endless bottom pit :-)

    Glad to know you are crawling back into the thick of things :-)

  11. Argh, you guys are so spoilt in Sydney for great sushi trains! :c Good to see you back in the blogging circle too! :)

  12. Yumm! I want to try this place.

  13. I wish I read this earlier!

    so when shall we go again? haha

    only till end of this month? damnit!!


  14. I also went there too last week! it was a good find and I was like you...feeling unsure and not sure if this is one of those place where Korean made Jap sushi but looking at my wallet and the $2.5 price tag and eventually gave it a go. I didn't know the Karage was $2.5 too I will order that next time.

  15. Yay you're alive!! Hope everything works itself out :) oh man you've got me craving sushi, $2.50 plates are so cheap!!!

  16. Can't believe that these jap food is actually served in Australia, not Japan. After reading your post, I think I need to fly to Sydney for all these delicious sushi.


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