Review: Makoto (Sydney, NSW)

119 Liverpool Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9283 6767
http://citymakoto.com.au/

On the last day of my Sydney Writers’ Festival weekend, I wanted to keep things simple. My plan was to bump up my protein intake and reduce my carb intake so I wanted something light and balanced. Plus, I wasn’t feeling all that hungry even though I did a fairly solid pilates session in Darlinghurst that morning.

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I ended up at Makoto, a sushi train restaurant in the city. I wasn’t planning to have sushi train, tbh, but I happened to come across this place when I was wandering around aimlessly along Liverpool Street. Having heard a few Melbourne friends talk about how good Makoto was, I figured that having lunch here couldn’t hurt.

Here, plates range from $3 to $6.60, pretty standard for a sushi train restaurant. They also have the odd specials in the mix too, which are slightly more expensive. It was 11:30AM when I arrived; the place was packed but because I was rocking up as a solo diner, I was able to squeeze in.

Chawanmushi ($3.60)
Chawanmushi ($3.60)

I love a good savoury egg custard and this one delivered superbly. The custard itself was as delicate as fine silk, while the dashi broth was full of umami goodness.

Seared salmon topped with spring onion, onion and tobiko ($6.60)
Seared salmon topped with spring onion, onion and tobiko ($6.60)

Here, fresh salmon slices were beautifully seared, leaving the inner flesh verging on still raw. The garnishes were also well-balanced and brought out the flavour of the fish.

Lobster sushi ($5.60)
Lobster sushi ($5.60)

The lobster sushi was another standout performance. Here, lobster meat was mixed with a cream-based sauce and topped with tobiko. Probably the heavier dish of the afternoon but dammit, I needed something (slightly) rich and creamy, okay.

Raw prawn nigiri ($4.60)
Raw prawn nigiri ($4.60)

Prior to this meal, I had never tasted raw prawn. And while I appreciated the prawn’s texture and freshness, I think I much prefer these suckers cooked – much tastier.

Salmon sashimi ($6.60)
Salmon sashimi ($6.60)

You really can’t go wrong with super fresh salmon sashimi. God, I love the Sydney Fish Market so much.

Scampi sashimi ($9.80)
Scampi sashimi ($9.80)

The scampi sashimi was one of the specials offered that day. It was beautifully presented as far as crustaceans go. Like the prawn, however, it was something that I would have preferred to eat cooked – the flavours didn’t shine through as much.

The damage came to $36.80, far from a cheap lunch for just one. On paper, it looked like I ordered quite a lot of dishes but while I was satisfied, I wasn’t disgustingly full (a good thing, I guess). As far as sushi trains go, this is one of the good ones – everything was fresh and the service was attentive and polite. I’d be happy to return with a dining companion so I can try more things (and not pay as much per person).

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5 Comments

  1. I really love Makoto in Sydney!! Have had so many great memories there in the past. My friends and I are always staying in the area and it has become a tradition for us to buy a big platter of Makoto sushi to take to the airport and eat while we’re waiting to board our plane back to Melbourne. Also bumped into Guy Sebastian there once. He was eating there on his own at 10pm at night (why we were still eating sushi at 10pm I can’t understand too). Good times good times. Glad to hear you like this place too!

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