It only makes sense that the first time I should repeat a cuisine on writing for my blog, it would be Japanese; that’s pretty much the only kind of restaurant I reviewed in Brazil. And, as a matter of fact, this one is long overdue. Sushi Rio is one of the places I go to most often, and I don’t even know how many times I’ve been there. Before you ask, I will tell: it is not superb in terms of flavour. It is quite good, but it’s in the cost x benefit relation that Sushi Rio finds its strenght. Mostly every dish on the menu costs $3 per serving. Standard serving for niguiris (the restaurant’s main offering) is two pieces. You can sit at the counter and pick your dishes from the conveyor belt, or you can sit at a table and order with the waiters.
Let’s get specific. I was there again on Saturday, and had a simple, short meal of eight servings. So little food, right? I had, as niguiris: salmon, squid, octopus, salmon onion, grilled eel and crumbed crab sticks. I also had a couple rolls, in the flavours of salmon and shallot and salmon tobiko. Nothing better than some pictures, so check them out.
Click any of them to see them in full size. They look quite nice, presentation is one thing Sushi Rio gets right. Unfortunately, not all of them are assembled as well as they are presented. The crab sticks, for example, started falling apart before they were even lifted up off the plate. I didn’t get a good picture of the squid niguiri. Interestingly, the only dish I was not too fond of, in terms of flavour, was the squid niguiri. All the others tasted good, although the squid and the salmon niguiris came with a bit too much wasabi for my taste.
One other thing that doesn’t always go right with the restaurant is service. Mostly I sit on the counter, around the conveyor, and just take what I want. On this visit, I sat at a table for the first time, so it was necessary to order what we wanted. Although they didn’t take too long to bring the food, there were a lot of mistakes (dishes that came twice, dishes we didn’t order and one dish I ordered that never came). Then again, when you have good food for a low price, some level of error in the service is acceptable.
As always, the experience was generally good. And I can guarantee that I’ll go there again.
Sushi Rio is at shop 7, 339 Sussex Street, Sydney (on the corner of Liverpool Str.).
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