Restaurant: Sushi Suma (They have no website)
Location: 425 Cleveland St, Surry Hills NSW 2012
This Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills is the first Japanese restaurant that my relatives took me to when I first arrived to Sydney 8 years ago. Back then, the décor were old and battered, but everyone seemed to look past that as it was PACKED all the time, probably because the food was good given the price.
I haven’t been to Sushi Suma for over 4 years, and it has changed so much! They had a renovation which made the restaurant more spacious and cleaner. However, even though we went on a Friday night, it wasn’t packed like it was 8 years ago.
As soon as we sat down, we were given our complimentary “Amuse Bouche” which was Vermicelli noodles with carrots, sesame seeds served with sweet vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was refreshing and got my stomach ready for dinner!
We ordered the Sushi Dinner $34.80 which contained Agedashi Tofu, Miso Soup, Crabmeat Croquettes, Sashimi, Sushi, Vanilla ice cream with Green Tea syrup, Red Bean and cornflakes. That's a lot of food and I wonder if this is how Suma wrestlers eat normally.
The Agedashi tofu’s broth was flavorsome, however the batter of the tofu was not crispy. The croquettes were lightly battered and the accompanying sauce was absolutely more-ish but we couldn’t really taste the crabmeat..
The sashi and sashimi were average – we had fresher seafood elsewhere, but I guess given the price, it’s good! The carrot on the sashimi dish was very dry though..
We also ordered Tempura $15.80 only because we were both craving for tempura that day. The tempura was light battered and it consists of prawns, eggplant, snow pea, capsicum, sweet potato and pumpkin. It was delicious!
There was nothing special about our dessert, Vanilla ice cream with Green Tea syrup, Red Bean and cornflakes, except for the fact that the cornflakes added an additional crunch to the dessert.
It’s BYO there and the corkage charge is only $2 per person. Ordering 1 set menu is enough for 2 people because after finishing all the food, we were so full and I only had breakfast that day as well! All the wait-staffs were Japanese so they were all polite, although some of them don’t understand English completely.
Overall, Sushi Suma is a restaurant good for people who want to eat Japanese and have a tight budget.