As Sunday closes to an end, I finally find myself some time, to pen some thoughts before I let another week drift past.
Where I shall start with Sushi Kotobuki? Recommended by a friend, we have been told that this is the place to go to for some funky and serious sushi makis. Hidden somewhat in the complex, it is obvious, the crowd, if any, belongs to Kotobuki.
Forgive their dreadful English splattered all over their menu, look past the waiting time (if you don't call to reserve a table) and what you get is some good value and tasty sushi makis along with a small range of classic dishes; katsu, tempura, udon and etc. Prices are rarely above AUD10 per plate (except for one or two that uses unagi or broiled eel).
Not the freshest plate of fish but it is more than enough to curb that itchy mouth of mine for raw fish. The only complaint was a bone that they failed to pluck out; a fatal mistake if a kid was to eat that whole.
There's something about Takoyaki and me that goes way back to the days when they first sold it at the shopping centres, especially the stalls outside the Jusco supermarket. At any time of the day, you will see me queue for some gooey balls with pieces of tako or octopus if you don't know drizzled with mayo and bonito flakes. This dish is worth ordering as an entree.
Eventhough on the menu it says Prawn Tempura (4); they also throw in a few pieces of vegetable, in my case all were pumpkin if I remember correctly. Since I didnt expect anything apart from prawns, I take that as a bonus. Not the finest tempura but again a case of good enough to warm the tummy.
There's a tiny story on the wall about Unagi and how they justify the price of AUD13 for the roll, go give it a read and have a laugh. With such a generous portion, I definitely wouldn't mind the price tag that comes along with it.
This one is called the Lion King and with torched salmon on the top and crab meat as a filling, this was just as satisfying too.
Probably a more familiar item, the spider roll was just as good too!
Definitely two thumbs up if you want a simple meal of Japanese food and don't really care whether it is fusion, classic or influenced. The maki is definitely their specialty as can be seen on all the tables. What else can I say, it is rather affordable too! If the sushi rolls are pricey for you (i imagine 2 portions for a big size guy like me), the rice-dons are all under AUD10 and will definitely fill you up.
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Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. A gem find if you want to eat some sushi without busting your wallet.