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Best of Canberra Taste Off – Sushi

By Alexandra Craig - 6 April 2015 12

All week I was looking forward to the sushi taste off. So much so I got excited and had sushi for lunch twice during the week. But by the time the weekend rolled around I was still mega-keen for some seaweed, rice, soy sauce goodness.

There was a bit of debate on the call-out over Mee’s in Manuka. It seems you either love it or you hate it. Many readers mentioned that they preferred Mr Sushi about 50 metres down the road, as well as other Mr Sushi outlets across town.

I had planned to taste off between Mee’s and Mr Sushi, however Mee’s decided to take a bit of a break over Easter and shut up shop. One reader had mentioned Hero Sushi in the Canberra Centre and seeing as how I’d previously been impressed with Hero Sushi I decided the taste of would be between Mr Sushi in Manuka and the Hero Sushi train in the Canberra Centre (near Pappa Rich and Fitness First).

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On to Hero Sushi. It’s set up as a sushi train which is always a bit of a novelty. To play things fair, I also had tuna and avocado. This time though, the tuna and avocado was wrapped in seaweed and the rice was on the outside. There was also sesame seeds sprinkled on top. I poured on a bucket of soy sauce as usual and it was amazing. Everything was great. Rice was cooked perfectly, seaweed was easy to chew and the tuna and avocado was fresh. I also noticed it was very consistent to the sushi I’ve bought from other Hero Sushi’s in the past.IMG_5399

When it came down to it, Mr Sushi was good for grabbing a quick lunch on the go and it was fresh and tasty (they also don’t charge for soy sauce like some places do – I’m looking at you, Mee’s!). However, when it came down to it, Hero Sushi was the clear winner. Lots of flavour and cooked to perfection.

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Best of Canberra Taste Off – Sushi
rubaiyat 7:57 pm 09 Apr 15

I am not as brave as some here to declare the Sushi that I have tried is “The Best in Canberra” because I Have not tried them all.

But I do notice the many I have tried that have hard, non-sushi rice substitute smothered in mayonnaise to cover up the substitutions and poor ingredients.

I also notice the very few that use the better, but more expensive, sushi rice and rice vinegar, with good fresh ingredients They don’t truck in the sushi from somewhere else and leave it to harden through the day in display cabinets. They actually show pride in what they do.

Shinta 3:56 pm 09 Apr 15

The best Sushi in Canberra is at Kokoro in Gunggahlin. The best cheap Sushi in Canberra is Mee’s in Manuka. Iori and Coo are not bad either…

BizzyLizzy 2:56 pm 09 Apr 15

Sushi Train in the Canberra Centre is a favourite… I find it clean and fresh, and the staff are friendly. My man would agree with one of your commenters about the mayo situation. Oh, and do try the Tiramisu moshi… it is seriously yum! When I responded to your Twitter callout, I forgot to mention Ka Sushi Ramen at 3/121 Marcus Clarke. Good Things to be found there also.

Sushi Master, Hideo Dekura, was a regular guest at my cooking school, once upon a time… I think you’d be hard pressed Mr Hargreaves to find super-dooper fresh sashimi in Canberra… the closest would be fresh off the boat at the south coast… or further afield, Sydney fish markets… you could, however, try one of the fishmongers in Fyshwick.

rubaiyat 11:19 pm 07 Apr 15

lucifuge said :

I love sushi, but when it comes to joints like Hero Sushi, they spray nearly everything with that mayonnaise like there’s no tomorrow. Yes, you can order without, and/or get the rolls. But crikey, why cant they just offer both tainted and untainted!!

Because mayo, salsa, ketchup etc cover up a lot of stuff they do not want you to know about.

I read a NYT article a couple of years back where the processed food industry in the US was hauled before a Senate hearing and defended their overdosing of food with corn syrup, salt and cheese because “otherwise we will have to use better ingredients” and without all the additives it would “just taste like cardboard”.

Nobody challenged the poor ingredients or the fact it tastes like cardboard.

That’s America for you and that’s where we are next. Heading for exactly the same awful, but extremely profitable, diet.

lucifuge 7:02 pm 07 Apr 15

I love sushi, but when it comes to joints like Hero Sushi, they spray nearly everything with that mayonnaise like there’s no tomorrow. Yes, you can order without, and/or get the rolls. But crikey, why cant they just offer both tainted and untainted!!

Antagonist 6:59 pm 07 Apr 15

abcde said :

Good sashimi are nowhere to be found in Canberra.

My definition of good sashimi is fresh off the sea, and cut fresh from the fish and that pregnant people would not hesitate in eating. Even Hero Sushi in Civic is “OK”.

+1. I do not trust anyone locally. Not because I do not think they can make it, but because I do not trust their suppliers. But I am very fussy about my seafood.

I catch my own fish for sashimi when I can. Some people can eat it strait almost strait out of the sea, but I prefer if the fish/fillets have had a few hours in the fridge to firm up first for better texture. Tuna, bonito, yellowtail kingfish, flathead, snapper and trevally all work very well. Flathead are probably one of my favourites from that list, served with plenty of soy and wasabi. And an icy cold beer.

rubaiyat 8:47 am 07 Apr 15

abcde said :

Good sashimi are nowhere to be found in Canberra.

My definition of good sashimi is fresh off the sea, and cut fresh from the fish and that pregnant people would not hesitate in eating. Even Hero Sushi in Civic is “OK”.

You might have to eat off the barges in Hobart or straight out of the Victoria Markets in Melbourne and Sydney’s Fish Market for those.

In truth most fish is iced as it comes from remote locations, not “just outside the Heads”.

I have been most impressed by miki in Belconnen Mall, the fish in the sushi and sashimi is beautifully fresh and moist.

Canberra should wake up and work to its strengths. Eel and Salmon travel well and trout is local and excellent, all when smoked are delicious. We have the best truffle farms in Australia now, we should look to fish and eel farming as well. Be great if our government had a sustainable farming initiative to give work to young people not suited for Quantum Physics or desk jobs.

Most people do however like to pretend that what they are eating is something else, which is how the fast food places get away with showing you Photoshopped pictures up on the wall and giving you slops in the box.

abcde 12:12 am 07 Apr 15

Good sashimi are nowhere to be found in Canberra.

My definition of good sashimi is fresh off the sea, and cut fresh from the fish and that pregnant people would not hesitate in eating. Even Hero Sushi in Civic is “OK”.

Rikayza 8:07 pm 06 Apr 15

John Hargreaves said :

Hey Catwoman! Agreed with the above article but…. Where can one find good sashimi? Usually its an afterthought in a sushi bar.

When in NZ recently, I caught a big trout and a chef sliced and diced it as sashimi for me! Wonderful? We eat salmon sashi so why not trout?

I also get the irrits cois I can’t find sashimi quality tuna and salmon at most fishmongers. Sashimi is treated a bit differently than a slab of fish, although I don’t know how. It may have something to do with the removal of the small bones.

And, just for fun, I put a tiny bit of wasabi in my soy sauce when having sushi or sashimi. Makes the world of difference but take care not to put too much wasabi in.

Hero sushi at CC does sell sashimi but you have to order it through the waitress, I usually order the combined sashimi n salmon, worth a try:)

em080 6:30 pm 06 Apr 15

John Hargreaves said :

Hey Catwoman! Agreed with the above article but…. Where can one find good sashimi? Usually its an afterthought in a sushi bar.

The best sashimi I’ve had is at Iori on East Row in Civic. I’m not a fan but I’ll eat it there.

Alexandra Craig 4:31 pm 06 Apr 15

John Hargreaves said :

Hey Catwoman! Agreed with the above article but…. Where can one find good sashimi? Usually its an afterthought in a sushi bar.

When in NZ recently, I caught a big trout and a chef sliced and diced it as sashimi for me! Wonderful? We eat salmon sashi so why not trout?

I also get the irrits cois I can’t find sashimi quality tuna and salmon at most fishmongers. Sashimi is treated a bit differently than a slab of fish, although I don’t know how. It may have something to do with the removal of the small bones.

And, just for fun, I put a tiny bit of wasabi in my soy sauce when having sushi or sashimi. Makes the world of difference but take care not to put too much wasabi in.

I’m new to sashimi, I don’t eat it a whole lot – I still get nervous about the raw aspect. But, the best sashimi I’ve ever had was in the Virgin Club of all places. However, I did have a nice kingfish sashimi at Akiba in the city a couple of weeks ago and a tuna sashimi at Lilotang in Barton. Maybe that’s a taste off for another week though – Canberra’s best sashimi!

As for wasabi – I hate it. Not the heat, the taste. It tastes like acetone I reckon, yuck! 🙂

John Hargreaves 11:49 am 06 Apr 15

Hey Catwoman! Agreed with the above article but…. Where can one find good sashimi? Usually its an afterthought in a sushi bar.

When in NZ recently, I caught a big trout and a chef sliced and diced it as sashimi for me! Wonderful? We eat salmon sashi so why not trout?

I also get the irrits cois I can’t find sashimi quality tuna and salmon at most fishmongers. Sashimi is treated a bit differently than a slab of fish, although I don’t know how. It may have something to do with the removal of the small bones.

And, just for fun, I put a tiny bit of wasabi in my soy sauce when having sushi or sashimi. Makes the world of difference but take care not to put too much wasabi in.

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