Revisiting Sushi Hotaru @ Thursday, August 31, 2017
Monday 31st July
Gosh I don't think we've been here in years (2015 it seems)! The 3.30 sushi train, Melbourne's cheapest. No lines before 5pm. Single friendly. If you're in a group (4+) you could get a booth.
Located near chinatown you need to know where it is, to get there, as this isn't a place you stumble upon. Which interestingly is how we found it, on our way back from lunch at Wagaya ($10 lunch specials).
Seated at the bar, this place is perfect for two as the sushi is served in pairs.
I do love sushi trains! They didn't used to be as many back then.
Small Ramen with Pork and Egg $4.50
Maggi sized and shaped noodles but not. springy and perfect. I'd recommend this and get it again, it's the perfect size for an entree. Snack sized ramen, they don't do takeaway.
Sashimi is priced at $8.50 a plate, we didn't try it.
Seared salmon avocado roll with basil sauce. Tastes exactly how it sounds. The basil doesn't work. It would need a creamy sauce to tie it all together. Though I don't see basil and sushi as a good pairing.
The most basic hand rolls with a cherry tomato on top.
Salmon avocado hand roll. Too much rice, especially due to the shape.
Crumbed crab claw. Meh this is crabstick crab, fish, rather than the really good ones.
Loving the front row seats to the kitchen.
$18.70 was the total including dessert, no drinks.
Ice cream. Light green tea, too light. $4.30
A revisit to our first, and actually one and only sushi train I've been to. After Sushi Hub, Hotaru seems not as good nor fresh though I'm sure it's cheaper. It's the sauces and freshness that makes Sushi Hub better - though I've only had their takeaway. Though they weren't around last time we visited Hotaru. Sushi Hub (is down atm 25/9 due to a water leakage that took out half the block) does a $30 all-you-can-eat in 90mins thing.
We're excited about trying more sushi trains, making it a monthly to-do.
What's your favourite sushi train?
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