Aisuru Sushi has been open for months and is the subject of numerous blogger reviews. Nevertheless, I’m happily and belatedly jumping on the bandwagon! I enjoyed leisurely lunch with a girlfriend on Wednesday arvo (oh, student life hehe) and perused the menu for many minutes trying to decide what to eat. Thankfully, for the indecisive among us who want to try everything, they offer both half and full sushi rolls (4 and 8 pieces respectively).
Ultimate Philli Roll (4 pcs for $10)
This was my first pick, which I’ll admit was mostly because I spotted cream cheese listed as an ingredient. A couple of Japanese students once made me sushi with cream cheese and I fell in love with the idea. Everything was perfect with this sushi roll – seared salmon, sliced red onions, and a drizzling of Japanese mayo. The unagi eel sauce brings everything together with a BBQ-ish flavour which I want to describe as umami (yeahhh, things just got a little bit fancy).
Sweet Corn Tempura ($9.50)
Our gorgeous little plate of sweet-corn tempura arrived with truffle oil and aioli sauce. Oh my god. Each juicy bite burst through the salty crispy batter, complemented by the creamy aioli. Expensive snack, but I would absolutely go back just to eat the corn tempura!
Caterpillar Roll (4 pcs for $10)
The waitress helped me decide between all the sushi roll choices because I wanted to try different flavours. My second sushi-roll had unagi (eel) and cucumber inside, and avocado, orange roe (fish eggs), aioli, and unagi eel sauce on top. The unagi was great, not fatty or weirdly fishy. I also noticed at this point that they use short-grain rice with the right amount of vinegar, which I appreciated.
Black Velvet Roll (8 pcs for $22.50)
My gorgeous dining companion chose her favourite, with tempura prawn, seared tuna, crab stick, and cucumber. She loves this one because of the black caviar on top, and the chilli mayo underneath. I enjoyed the piece she shared with me, but the flavours packed less of a punch than the sushi rolls that I selected.
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Service was very attentive and high-tech, with orders taken on iPads. There were no issues asking for tap water, which was refilled at least 4 times during the meal (my glass was never empty). All of the staff were lovely and friendly. The wait time for our food was very reasonable, especially as everything is freshly made to order!
Likes: weird and wonderful sushi rolls, amazing sweet corn tempura, lovely staff
Dislikes: decision-making! so many choices…
Value for money: double the price of boring food-court sushi, so pretty reasonable
Overall: treat yourself for lunch sometime
208 William St
(08) 9328 8578