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Sushi dinner at Koi, Woolwich

Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 3:39 pm     English  |  日本語

Incredibly high quality Sushi. That’s all I’d like to say.
We’ve got a variety of Japanese restaurants available in Sydney area, and deciding where to eat can be challenging if you have never been to those. That’s when people throw me a question “Where do you usually go for Japanese?” And I usually give them a list of restaurants – from cheap quick to expensive course eat. I’d say, it’s hard to pick one if you don’t know what you are particularly after, and know where to go.

Today, Mitsu, Mayuri and I are determined to enjoy some quality sushi dinner, and we are here at Koi in Woolwich tonight. This is the place to go for sushi for their skilled chefs, great service, and of course their amazing quality of sushi. What’s my credibility? I’m Japanese and my mum is from sushi restaurant owner family, that’s my two cents.

Sano san the sushi chef in the main counter. A few years back, I had met him at Mitsu & Mayuri’s housewarming party where he had served us freshly made sushi. We sit at the counter, and of course went for his omakase sushi.

I guess it’s good for a group gathering to order assorted sushi plates along with other food to go with, but if you are after some great sushi, it’s better to sit at the counter and go for a la carte or omakase asking the chef what’s particularly fresh and good on the day. (That also means the higher price tag comes with it.)

Type of sushi they serve at the counter doesn’t need extra soy sauce to dip. It’s already seasoned the best. The sushi rice is a bit smaller than ones that you would see at Japanese restaurants, but this is the preferred size to enjoy and concentrate on the flavour and texture of the fish at its max.

And piece by piece good looking sushi was put on our plates.

Starting with Tsukidashi (Small entrée) of Octopus and grilled tuna. My god, look at these translucent slices of flesh! Each of them has its best fresh texture, and seasoned differently to match with its characteristic of the texture.

Chutoro (medium fat tuna) that Sano san confidently claimed to be great was exceptionally good indeed that it tasted almost like Ootoro (The fattest) – melting texture and hmm-hmm fatty layers like premium wagyu beef. One of the highlight for me was the Shimesaba (vinegar marinated mackerel) with a paper-thin konbu.

Each mouthful of the sushi, I was only to moan and surrender myself to its flavour.

The only designated drinker of the night.

After the array of these beautiful sushi, Sano san asked us if we were still up for more. We requested a few that we particularly liked. Then, we realised that the blocks of fishes at the counter, which was fully filled upon arriving, was pretty much gone. D..did..we..eat..that… much…..?
He quickly improvised and made us a bowl of Chirashi sushi to finish up. Damn, this is NICE! I wish I could come get this for lunch.

What a great dinner full of fantastic sushi! Honestly, I wouldn’t usually even feel like stuffing myself with sushi, especially at sushi-go-round type of places. Three of us were fully stuff with exceptional sushi tonight and reassured to come back for sushi to enjoy again soon.

Strongly recommended to sit at the counter and go for omakase!

102 Woolwich road, Woolwich
9817 6030

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19 comments for “Sushi dinner at Koi, Woolwich”

  1. Heart so much good things about KOI but still never been.

    oh my god, those glistening slice of sashimi on the sushi. Good to have small portion of rice, so you can eat more! HAHAHA

    Posted by billy@a table for two | August 29, 2010, 3:53 pm
  2. Wow, the sushi looks incredible. Such amazing freshness. Craving. Sushi. Now.

    Posted by Helen (grabyourfork) | August 29, 2010, 6:30 pm
  3. I’ve been here a few times now and absolutely love it! The seafood is really fresh and the presentation beautiful.

    Posted by mademoiselle délicieuse | August 29, 2010, 9:03 pm
  4. Loved Koi!! and long overdue revisit esp now that its tuna season w00t! You so lucky Yas, so well connected haha

    Posted by FFichiban | August 29, 2010, 10:45 pm
  5. Wow, every piece looks stunning. Yes please! 😀

    Posted by Gummi Baby | August 30, 2010, 11:32 am
  6. Oh my goodness! My mouth is watering by looking at all that sushi. Everything looks incredibly fresh. YUM!

    Posted by Phuoc'n Delicious | August 30, 2010, 7:16 pm
  7. Yas, amazing. Looks like what we had at that place you booked for us in Tokyo!

    Posted by Howard | August 30, 2010, 7:48 pm
  8. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this place. Alas, I can’t tear myself away to travel the required distance.

    Posted by joey@FoodiePop | August 31, 2010, 6:23 am
  9. 完全に日本だね、そこは!

    Posted by hajime | September 2, 2010, 8:58 pm
  10. おいしそー。。。はっ!よだれが

    Posted by とまこまい | September 3, 2010, 8:08 am
  11. Whoa – good looking nigiri. You look like you’ve done the picture menu for the restaurant…! 😀

    Posted by Tina@foodboozeshoes | September 5, 2010, 5:25 pm
  12. wow – i had no idea we had an excellent place like that in sydney. after having the worst japanese food of my life in sydney recently i’d given up!

    Posted by Dom | September 8, 2010, 12:51 pm
  13. 写真、寿司図鑑みたいで、とってもきれいだぁ〜〜。


    Posted by MAYURI | September 22, 2010, 10:13 pm
  14. Wow, Koi looks good.. have heard good things.. pics bring it to life for me.

    Posted by thang @ noodlies | September 30, 2010, 9:39 pm
  15. Haha- I love that moment of shameful revelation that yes, you did eat all of that…

    Posted by Maz | October 8, 2010, 5:10 pm
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    Posted by 25 things every Sydney food lover should try - eatshowandtell | November 3, 2010, 1:04 pm
  17. It has been a long while since I saw a Sydney Japanese place and i go wow!! the Sushi looks amazing and the shime saba piece looking very impressive. so much attention to detail to every piece.

    I am so going there tomorrow. Why did I missed this post?? last month when I have this major sushi craving, this would have done it for me.

    Posted by pigflyin | November 22, 2010, 7:36 am
  18. Ended up only manage to make it to Koi today and Sano san was at the sushi counter. and everything is amazing. Thanks for sharing this place with us!

    Posted by pigflyin | December 1, 2010, 9:17 pm
  19. Even though had a booking on Thursday night, a birthday party arrived to find the restaurant closed without any notice from the restaurant. Very disappointed birthday girl!!!

    Posted by F-O-O-D-I-E | July 7, 2011, 8:56 pm

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