Friday

Tsuru Sushi Cafe, Ashgrove, Brisbane

 

Sushi is a very popular meal choice today.  It's seen as a healthy alternative but still has the capacity to hit the spot.  There's lots of places to buy it but the taste doesn't always live up to the promise.

At Tsuru the product looks fresh and it is.  There's a chef in the kitchen who's constantly turning out new sushi and he will happily make it to order as well.  It only takes a few minutes, as we found out, and they are happy to do it.




This food search started after a long visit to Ikea.  We made too many purchases as usual (I'm really happy with my new shelf space saver units!) and were starving.  But even when starving we couldn't face the Ikea cafe so it was back to Ashgrove for shopping and a meal at Tsuru.

Our first choice was the only thing left in the cabinet (it was late in the day) - a smoked salmon roll that, in contrast to another one I've sampled recently, tasted really good.  While we ate this the chef whipped up a soft shell crab roll which was even more impressive.  I loved the way the warm crab contrasted against the cooler rice.  It was delicious and I would queue around the block for this.

We decided to try a take away dinner a few days later and rang up to order gyoza - pan friend pork and vegetable dumplings, chicken teriyaki, katsu curry ( chicken slow cooked in Japanese curry which is very mild) and yaki udon (stir fried noodles with vegetables and egg).  We enjoyed these and the gyoza were a real hit.

Although we took our meal home, you could easily dine in as the decor is a cut above your average take away joint.

 
 


Find Tsuru at the Ashgrove Shopping Centre fronting Ashgrove Avenue.

Tsuru, 16 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove. 33661885

10 comments:

Claire said...

Tsuru is a great find, I really like it. The origami wall feature above was made by the owner, very simple and striking!

Anonymous said...

I have had this sushi three times now and have always found it disappointing. The first time I will say it was ok, the second time stale and just disgusting, if sushi is going to sit in a window cabinet it should be refrigerated or at least kept closed at the back. The third and final time was about 30min ago when I had two rolls of the made to order rolls (crispy chicken and tempura prawn from memory), I was told they were double the price due to them being twice the size, they weren't. The crispy chicken was nice but for $5.80 for one roll it should be. The Tempura prawn was very average, with the roll not being tight so it fell apart and the menu description did not match the actual. Before I get criticized for being some sort of sushi racist or what ever, I love sushi and have it at least twice a week for lunch and usually sushi train dinner through the week. If your in Ashgrove and feel like sushi better off driving somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Awsome sushi, Japanese food and byron bay coffee, I can only think that the negative comments from the above anonymous is from a competitor in the area...

Anonymous said...

The Sushi is great when made to order, but the real star is the Ramen noodle soup with tempura prawn!
I've never tasted a better ramen in Australia!

Anonymous said...

Best Sushi in the area! Don't bother going to one those chain sushi stores also in the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with Anonymous @ Friday, April 30, 2010.

I LOVE this place, this is the real deal and definitely the best sushi in Ashgrove. The food is great, the sashimi and teriyaki salads are wonderful, fresh and taste amazing. Make up your own mind, don't try it because of someone posting a bad comment anonymously. Trust me you will not be disappointed. :)

Anonymous said...

I have to agree that the sushi in the cabernet isn't that great... however the made to order sushi, gyoza and fried rice are delicious!

Anonymous said...

this sushi is the don!!! best in brissy, and to the only negative comment, your comment could not be further from the truth. killing it.... koodos

Kerry Heaney said...

Yes the sushi is more expensive here but I've always found it value for money.

Anonymous said...

definately the best sushi I've ever had, you have to try the crunchy chicken roll, made to order and big and filling enough to have just that for dinner! delicious, would never go anywhere else!