To say I was excited when I discovered Parramatta's answer to Sushi Train, Sushi Bay is an understatement. And to say that I LOVE a good Sushi merry-go-round would be an understatement of monumental proportions.
Case in point: when I was moving out to Broken Hill in 2005 it wasn't so much the isoloation of living in this outback town that had me worried - it was my proxmity (or lack of it) to sushi of any kind.
It is a five hour drive from Broken Hill to the nearest sushi restaurant. Yes, you read correctly, a five hour drive, isn't that terrible? In a pre-move panic I ate Sushi EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for two months hoping that I'd make myself so sick of it I wouldn't give my true food love a second thought. It didn't work of course - I pined for little plates of sushi on a conveyor belt for three years. Everytime I came back to "The Big Smoke" I overdosed as much as could, but my cravings never went away.
So, I think it is totally understandable that I'm very excited to have a Sushi train within a 20 minute walk of my house. It's bliss. Especially when I hop off the train on a night when The Boy isn't going to be home and I can duck into Sushi Bay for a quick and tasty dinner. It's not the most gourmet sushi in the world and it won't win any food awards, but I love having this place so close to my home.
Sushi Bay has all of the usual suspects and they are all very tasty as well as being reasonably priced. If you don't see something you want on the conveyor belt they are more than happy to make it for you fresh.
First up is a Tuna Ship, a bargain at $3.00 a plate. The tuna salad is lovely and fresh, not dry at all and not with too much mayonnaise.
Next up is one of my all time favourites, Soft Shell Crab Roll ($4.00). Can you believe I'd never had (let alone heard) of Soft Shell Crab until I moved back to Sydney in 2008. I love this dish so much I had two plates.
I'm also very fond of another relatively new discovery, Dragon Roll ($3.50). Sushi Bay's version of the Dragon Roll comes adorned with a beautiful pickled radish, and some cream cheese innards. I love the cream cheese and the way the soft creamy texture coats the inside of the mouth. It works so well with the sweet sticky sauce coating the eel.
Last dish is a Tuna and Avocado Roll ($4.00). This is a simple dish that works so well and I love it as it means I can indulge in more tuna salad.
Sushi Bay is at Shop 2183 Westfield Shopping Center Parramatta (at the bus interchange). They have a number of other restaurants around the Western Suburbs which you can find on their website.