Sushi Hotaru, Melburne

Sushi Hotaru, Melburne

For a great value sushi train experience, it’s hard to go past Sushi Hotaru, located upstairs in one of the random Chinatown arcades. I believe it’s a chain approach, as I’ve been to one in Canberra as well with the exact same setup. At $3.30 per standard plate and everything is pretty shareable and well apportioned so you get a taste of everything.


Most of the dishes we had were ordered from the mightily convenient screens at each table. That does make it a deal more easier to get what you want and get it fresh and potentially made in front of you since most of the spinning options get a bit samely. It was nice being able to pace our bites and get everything pretty quickly and I guess that’s true of any sushi train experience. There was more than a decent queue to get in and seating especially isn’t comfy with most parties being on stools. There only three tables for four and good luck getting those.

20160826_193032.jpgThe food quality is excellent and I enjoyed my combo of agedashi tofu, karage chicken, seaweed salad and sushi with the hand rolls being a winner and a clear recommendation. I avoided all the seafood options, but that adds a lot more variety and the soft shell crab hand roll was good I’m told. It’s a bustling setup and even eating like wild cats still ends up pretty economic.

Pro tip: pay cash by not splitting the bill and hitting the minimum amount and you save 10%. Also, keep it to a small group. May not be always worth the wait.


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