I kept hearing of Zushi in Barangaroo and wondered how they’d managed it. Zushi in Surry Hills, just around the corner from me, is perfectly fine Japanese food, with good service, and a busy lunchtime crowd. It’s always been great, but it’s a casual place, and I don’t think people rave about it so much as consider it a good neighbourhood restaurant.
But Zushi in Barangaroo has amped things up. It’s as stylish and buzzy as all the other amazing restaurants on this strip, and their menu, presentation and prices: all are elevated over the branch in Surry Hills.
On a Thursday at 1pm, things were still a bit busy, but not packed. We split a prawn gyoza (delicious), and then some grilled eel. Really delicious and check out the presentation. Little bits of roasted quinoa. Edible flower. A very beautiful dish. Finally, we had a “taco” which was actually a low cylinder of sashimi and avocado, which you can balance carefully atop some fried wonton wrappers. The surprise was a granita with yuzu flavouring. An interesting injection of ice and sweet.
Seems like the good hearsay is being matched by some pretty negative reviews on Zomato; not sure what’s up but we had a nice meal.