Weekday lunch specials are a clever thing. Consistency, value and quality is the perfect equation for winning returning lunch customers. I for one, am a sucker for them.

My latest find, is at Umi Kaiten-Zushi.

I’ve been here for dinner in the past before (a few years ago); it was good but nothing extraordinary.

On this random weekday lunch date with Zen, we decide to re-visit Umi Kaiten-Zushi for the sushi train. Funnily enough, we’re seated next to fellow food blogger and bargain appreciator, Amy! What a coincidence!

Umi Kaiten-Zushi - Japanese in Sydney - sushi train

Amy is quick to inform us that they have a pretty good lunch deal. Ranging from $13 to $16, you select one of eleven main courses; a choice of soba, udon or salad, miso soup and rice; and also get any two plates of sushi!

Now, sushi plates start at $2.50 and go up to $6.50. A $1 surcharge applies on silver plates. The most expensive plate beneath the silver one, is the purple one, which is priced at $5.50. So just getting two of those would be $11, meaning the noodles and side dish would equate to just $3! Bargain indeed!

Umi Kaiten-Zushi - Japanese in Sydney - great value lunch set

I haven’t tried everything on the lunch set menu yet but trying to not be a creature of habit, on this occassion, I have the udon soup, and the tonkatsu pork ($14).

Umi Kaiten-Zushi - Japanese in Sydney - udon

The tonkatsu has a nice crunchy panko crust but the pork isn’t juicy enough. I would’ve also enjoyed a more textured crumbing – the crumbs on this tonkatsu are so fine, it could almost pass for a schnitzel. It’s still deliciously satisfying though!

Umi Kaiten-Zushi - Japanese in Sydney - tonkatsu

With my sushi train selections, I usually go for the aburi scallop (purple plate) and sashimi (silver plate), but this time, I’m tempted by the aburi salmon nigiri and tempura prawn and avocado roll.

The salmon nigiri has been lightly flame seared and has a beautiful smoky aftertaste.

Umi Kaiten-Zushi - Japanese in Sydney - salmon sushi

And quite frankly, you can never go wrong with tempura prawn in anything.

Umi Kaiten-Zushi - Japanese in Sydney - prawn and avocado roll sushi

As you can see, the lunch sets are very substantial, especially with the carb component and even more so if you select rice-based sushi train options. It’s definitely too much food for an everyday lunch option, but on the
occasion where a big lunch is necessary, Umi Kaiten-Zushi’s lunch sets
are a winner!

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Umi Kaiten-Zushi
Shop 1, Sydney Central, 477 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW
Phone: (02) 9281 2006
Web: umikaitenzushi.com.au

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.