Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Sushi Tei

The usual suspects agreed on meeting for yum cha on Mother's day (I know I know, Mother's Day was ages ago but I just wasn't in the right frame of mine to blog about Sushi Tei or maybe I was just lazy hehe but here it is..). We had arranged to meet for yum cha at Sky Phoenix, Pitt St mall, to beat the Mother's Day crowd which we thought would have converged in Chinatown but we were sorely mistaken as even Sky Phoenix was booked out until 3pm. Thus we began our 45 minutes trek across city north in search of something decent to eat. After walking through Pitt St down to Martin Place then on to George St and finally Hunter St we decided on Sushi Tei as we were getting desperate; desperately hungry.

H and I had been here once before when they first opened in Sydney but didn't find the food particularly enticing. However, this recent visit proved us wrong and we are already planning to go back for their buffet which is only available Saturdays and Sundays from 11am - 2pm (but not on this particular day as it was Mother's Day. Just our luck!).

SY and 'lil Sis ordered the Udon Noodle Soup. I can't remember now what exactly they had  ordered but this was finished off pretty quickly, soup and all. 

SY also ordered sushi. The one closest to the camera was Raw Squid and at the back Salmon Roe. The squid was delicious. The meat sweet and juicy. 

'lil Sis too was still hungry after the udon and ordered a Sashimi Salad. The sashimi was very fresh and the salad was huge.

J "the NAB man" ordered the Katsu Curry w/ Rice. I didn't get a chance to taste this but he said it was OK but have tasted better.

C, the wife-to-be of the NAB man ordered the Beef and Sashimi Nigiri Set. The set came with a salad, miso soup, some sort of tuna mash, chawanmushi and dessert which was coffee jelly. The sushi looked great on the plate and was as expected; fresh fresh fresh. 

Finally, the last three of the group ordered the Grilled Fish and Sashimi Combo. I'm getting bored of typing "the sashimi was fresh" but yes it was as fresh as can be. The grilled fish was superb; meaty and cooked to perfection. I LOVED the chawanmushi. Sushi Tei's version of chawanmushi was made up of steamed egg custard, filled with slices of mushroom, chunks of chicken and prawn. This was a huge improvement from the first time we were here. Also included in the combo are miso soup, salad, tuna mash, rice and coffee jelly.

Sushi Tei was established in Singapore in 1994 and since then they have opened up shop in a number of locations around Asia and most recently Sydney. H commented that Sushi Tei is pretty popular in Singapore and was one of his favourite quick meal joints. When we visited Sushi Tei Sydney the first time round, the experience wasn't that impressive. We thought perhaps this was due to Sushi Tei being a franchise sushi outlet thus the impersonal touch with the food - as if they were rolled out on a factory belt. This visit however showed us that they have improved in the quality of food preparation and taste. We will be back for more!

Sushi Tei
Chifley Square
Gound Floor 
Corner of Elizabeth St and Hunter St 

(02) 9232 7288


Betty said...

Food looks great. I love fresh sashimi :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I've always wanted to try this place, mainly for the sushi buffet but I was always wondering if the sushi and sashimi was super fresh. Good to know that it is! :)

foodie-central said...

Hi Betty - It was a good meal :)

Hi Lorraine - Yup me too. Can't wait to try it out. :)

Wendy @ Obesebaby said...

nice post, same as u been there when it is first open but wasn't too impress and was told there is new management now. going back there tmr for lunch and they doing a 50% on sushi train item til tmr. so I'll give it another go!

foodie-central said...

Hi Wendy - Thanks for the tip! Might see you there tomorrow! haha