Sushi Buffet Course at Sushi Samurai

My ears perked up at the thought of a sushi buffet… for only $24.80 that sounded like a bargain. We frequent Sushi Samurai (14 Bunn St Pyrmont) whenever we feel like casual Japanese and the sashimi we've had there is always really fresh (previously posted here)…probably because its so close to the Sydney Fish Markets.

The Sushi Buffet ($24.80) runs for 90mins (after you've ordered) and is only on Saturdays for lunch and I highly recommend you to book – if you've ever been, Sushi Samurai is a pretty tiny space and fills up very fast and they also have a few seats outside. Now before you can order all the sushi you can stuff into your belly (big or small) you first need to finish a Starter Plate which is between a choice of two sushi platters either nigiri or rolls and they both come with two pieces of karaage chicken, agedashi tofu and miso soup. Set A is a platter of nigiri – salmon, tuna, kingfish, scallop, egg, prawn, sea urchin and salmon roe boat and two pieces of karaage chicken. Set B I believe is to cater more for the westerners or non-raw seafood eaters and has 8pieces of roll sushi, 2 pieces of salmon aburi, tuna and prawn nigiri and two pieces of karaage chicken. Once your starter plate is finished the real buffet begins and your free to order unlimited numbers of nigiri and rolls! They offer the usual nigiri salmon, sanma (?!), kingfish, tuna, prawn, squid and egg. Don't fret they also cater for roll lovers offering salmon avocado rolls, tuna salad avocado rolls, vegetarian rolls, California rolls and salmon avocado rolls. I was so happy that they also have aburi sushi which I lovee and ordered loads of scallop aburi, kingfish aburi and salmon aburi. There are also a few items which you are limited to a max 2 piece per person including the scampi nigiri, sea urchin boat and salmon roe boat.

I was a tad sad they didn't have natto rolls and my favourite squid was sold out but the variety they have on offer was amazeballs for a buffet. I had the Set A – I liked the idea of a starter plate, it was like a taster so you know what you might want to order more of. The tuna wasn't bad but the best items on the menu were the scampi and scallop which were both plump and firm and of course the delicious aburi sushi. I thought this buffet was great in terms of affordability, variety and freshness. Personally I thought 90mins was enough and we were all stuffed to the brim, but if you don't think the sushi buffet is enough… you can always order the Sushi Buffet Deluxe course ($29.80)…which includes the same as the Sushi Buffet but you can also get unlimited orders of sashimi (salmon, tuna, kingfish or mixed), takoyaki, karaage chicken, tofu seaweed salad, crispy gyoza, deep fried fish head (salmon or kingfish) and deep fried oyster.

Sushi Samurai (Pyrmont)

Starter Plate A
Salmon, Tuna, Kingfish, Scallop, Egg, Prawn, Sea Urchin, Salmon Roe and 2pcs Karaage chicken and sushi rolls.

Agedashi Tofu

Waiting for our unlimited sushi order making chopsticks holders

Tuna and Kingfish nigiri

Scallop aburi, Salmon aburi and Kingfish aburi

Scampi

Sushi Samurai also have a branch in Neutral Bay, however I'm not sure if they're also offering the Sushi Buffet for Saturday lunches.

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Sushi Samurai

One night Bill and I decided to eat at Sushi Samurai (1/16-30 Bunn St, Pyrmont) since we always pass the place. We were lucky we went pretty early without a booking because during our meal we realised it was packed and there were a few groups of 5 or more. It’s seems to be VERY popular, the restaurant comfortably fits 20 or so people and has a few tables outdoors but we noticed some groups waiting outside (not sure if they were waiting for their takeaway orders).

Honestly, I can be a Japanese restaurant snob, so it was reassuring and left me extremely happy to know the kitchen staff and floor staff were all Japanese. We received a small plate of Gobou to nibble on while we went through the menu. We tried to keep our dinner simple and everything was really quite good. Started off with a Sanma fish dish and ordered a sashimi set purely because it was called Samurai 7. The Samurai 7 was a set of 7 sake glasses with two pieces of sashimi each – perfect for us – and each piece was topped off with a special sauce to compliment the sashimi (reminded me of Yoshii’s sushi). We also had a sushi plate which had the RIGHT amount of wasabi so you got a bit of a kick… but a good zing. Dessert was abit of a let down though, we ordered a Green Tea Tiramisu but they use the term tiramisu lightly because it really was just a green tea sponge cake with mousse ๐Ÿ˜ฆ  But anyhoo, we’ll still go back…I want to go back and try the Pork Belly Peking Duck Style too… sounds interesting and I spied another table eating it ๐Ÿ™‚

I wasn’t overly satisfied with my dessert… it’s so important to have a good dessert because it’s probably the last thing you taste… so we finished the night off with some Azuma Patisserie goodies.

 
Gobou
 
Calpis Chuhai
Bill was totally red faced and flirty with the waitress after one of these… *shakes head*
 
Sanma
 
Samurai 7 $17.70
 
7 shot glasses of FRESH sashimi each paired with a special sauce
 
Sushi Main Deluxe $22.80
 
Green Tea Tiramisu .. meh
 
Mini Strawberry Tart
 
Mont Blanc
 
Green Tea Roll
It’s 10pm and I’m really really sleepy. I can barely keep my eyes open. GOODNIGHT!

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Al fresco dining Ripples Sydney Wharf

Why waste a day eating indoors when eat al fresco on the wharf overlooking the Harbour Bridge, watch boats pass by and check out exy apartments. On a glorious sunny day half of my family and I went out for lunch at  Ripples Sydney Wharf (56 Pirrama Road Pyrmont) while the other half of my family did their own thang… they missed out big time. Usually I prefer to be seated inside and eat stress-free avoiding the wind, rain, heat and passerby’s but Ripples is in the most beautiful space. (They also have awnings and shelter to keep you dry and warm when needed ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I think this is my new favourite restaurant to eat outdoors for lunch, I’ve ALWAYS found the service perfect – they’re professional, lovely, spot-on and very attentive. What’s even better is their portions – they’re very generous with their servings which makes it even more affordable ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ll see what I mean about portions below – my growing adolescent brother could not finish his Fish & Chips main and my entree would have been enough to fill me up if it wasn’t so tasty.

 
Ripples Sydney Wharf (56 Pirrama Road Pyrmont)

 
Onion & Cider Soup with Gruyere Toasts

 
Yamba Prawn Tart with Creamed Leek, Feta Cheese and Tomato Salsa
♥ so crispy and creamy with huge prawns omg LOVE

 
Seared Scallops with Pumpkin Tortellini, Boudin Noir & Goats Cheese Sauce
I love my carbs… this was my entree and I had the spaghettini for my main but they were both so good.
The scallops were JUMBO size and OH MY GAWWD the Pumpkin Tortellini was perfection to die for. I wanted more!!

 
Ripples Famous Fish Chips, Homemade Tartare Sauce, Lemon

 
Vongole and Crab Spaghettini
VERY NICE right amount of everything and I loved how it wasn’t so saucy – too bad they don’t currently have this on their menu

 
Char grilled Beef Tenderloins with Oxtail Ragout

Will definitely be back here to unwind and enjoy really really great food.

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