Hidden Sushi Paradise
I went to Melbourne for a few days in November and faced the usual dilemma of what and where to eat. The city offered so many choices and I just couldn’t make up my mind. I wanted to try them all, but I can only fit in 3 meals a day.
So I started deducting, what did I want to eat? Thai and Italian was kind of hit and miss, I didn’t know the city well enough to know which areas offer the best bang for buck so I didn’t want to risk it. I also thought that I could just go to a pub and order a schnitzel. After all, you can’t really go wrong with a schnitzel, but I just kept thinking about Japanese, so the pub was out and Japanese it is.
I could really do with some sushi, so I started looking up some sushi places, more specifically, a sushi train place.
I don’t go to sushi trains (or sushi-go-round, whatever you would like to call it) often. Mainly because of the cost of a meal. I normally have about 10 plates of sushi, so my typical meal would cost me somewhere around $30-$50. Definitely not something you eat every week.
I found a bunch of mentions and good reviews for Sushi Hotaru, so that’s it, I’m going to have lunch there. I set my course towards Midcity Centre, 200 Bourke St, Melbourne.
Sushi Hotaru is on level 1, so go up the escalators and walk towards the very end, there are no signs and the surrounding shops do not scream ‘food in vicinity’ but trust me, ignore your doubts and keep walking.
After walking towards the back of level 1 of a relatively empty Midcity Centre, the first thing I saw was a line of people, I walked to the front and made sure this was my destination and walked back to the end and waited patiently.
The wait wasn’t that long and before I knew it, it was my turn to eat. The place wasn’t huge but it did have plenty of seating space. I sat down and was greeted with an iPad which I can use to make specific orders. Nice.
I started out with the basics from the train, the Salmon, the Scallops etc. Most plates are $3 and they have a wide selection on the train. I was also very pleased to see this is not one of those cheap places where they flood the train with canned tuna rolls.
Once I satisfied my initial hunger, it was time to see what else they had to offer. I went straight for the iPad. Most of the offerings were already on the train but I was surprised to see they offer scampi nigiri as well. Did I have to pay extra for this? Nope, 3 bucks. A couple of plates later I was full and satisfied.
Sushi Hotaru definitely hit the spot for me, it was a bit hard to find at first but it was well worth it. The wide range of choices and $3 price tag left me a very happy (and full) camper.