Sushi Kintaro shop front, chefs at work, sushi rice machine, train and patrons
A quick and easy bite with the work crew at the newest ‘sushi train’ to grace The Parade. Seating is limited so get in before the lunch/dinner rush to ensure yourself a seat around the island of chefs working in the centre preparing fresh sushi to place on the (slow) conveyor belt/train. Plates are colour coded depending on their value with a pricing legend on the walls for patrons to reference.
Selecting what to eat off the train was easy, I usually beeline for the fresh salmon sushi and sashimi or anything torched. After a few cycles of the train and with no torched sushi on the moving belt, I attempt to flag down a staff member to order my aburi sushi dishes. Service was a little slow that day but I finally get one of the workers attention and put my orders through. She passes the word to the chef whilst I patiently wait and watch the train continue on its course round and round and round.
I could see the chef whipping out his torch and my stomach flipped in glee. The smell was permeating as he torched the salmon and scallop.
Aburi salmon, salmon onion, aburi scallop; $4.50, $4.00, $4.50
Smoky, slightly seared salmon drizzled with sweet soy and japanese mayo on a small bed of rice was gobbled down in no time (classy!). I noticed that the salmon was drizzled with mayo before getting torched, so by the time I got my sushi, the mayo was not visible (it melted!). Is there a right way or a wrong way for aburi sushi? Nevertheless, I personally like the mayo to be drizzled on AFTER the salmon is torched as it still holds it’s shape, texture and flavour. $4.50 for 2 pieces is a bit dear in hindsight. I think I should stick to my “go to sushi” at Wasai – the aburi salmon roll (7 pieces) for $10.80. (Best aburi salmon sushi in Adelaide to date!)
Once bellies were full, a staff member tallied our plates and handed us the bill.
I rate sushi train > sushi kintaro but hey, it’s a convenient alternative if you’re in the area and you’re craving sushi that’s on a moving conveyor belt. Else, sushi at Cherry Blossom is the next best thing as it is a cheaper alternative situated in the Norwood Place mall and probably a smarter option for your pockets.
PS. Happy Australia Day for tomorrow!
147 The Parade
Norwood SA 5067
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