Sushi-Ya Chatswood, 9 Oct 2009

Sushi-Ya at Chatswood is a tried and tested place for group dinners with my friends as it takes table reservations. More often than not, as on this occasion, we end up with a private room upstairs due to our numbers. And although not famed for its sashimi, its cooked dishes are always reliable and the service is friendly. Parking is easy to find on the nearby residential streets at this quieter end of Chatswood. If the location doesn’t suit you, Sushi-Ya also has a sister restaurant at neighbouring Artarmon.

The ground level of Sushi-Ya at Chatswood has the nicer décor with dark wooden features against the light-coloured walls. To get to the upstairs level, you have to walk out the back of the restaurant, down a section of narrow laneway where there are tables for two under a canopy, and through part of the kitchen before heading up a set of steep stairs. The upstairs décor is very minimal but cleanly, although the process of getting there is less than glamorous.

Bottles of chilled water are already at the table by the time we arrive and are replaced upon request throughout the meal. We order a range of dishes to share and double up on most things for each end of the table. We start with a couple of serves of beef tataki as Sushi-Ya offers one with a standard ponzu dressing, and another with a house-special dressing that I can only describe as mildly spicy. The waiter couldn’t really tell us what was in it either!

The Wagyu aburi nigiri is tender but not as juicy as I’m used to having, perhaps because it was more cooked than the usual being lightly flamed. Nevertheless, it is tasty. And with Ms Selective in attendance, how could we bypass the agedashi tofu! The tofu here is firmer than at other places but also has a thinner coating. It comes topped with minced daikon as well as finely grated ginger.

To follow we have ordered a ‘Salmon Lovers Roll’ as well as a ‘Dragon Roll’. The serves are both generous and the salmon is fresh as well as being plentiful. The ‘Dragon Roll’ has eel inside the roll as well as on top and its sweet, smoky flavour is complemented well by the little blob of Japanese mayonnaise on top of each piece.

The ‘Sushi-Ya Salad’ has been a highlight for Monsieur Poisson and myself in the past, so we ordered it again on this occasion. It is now presented on a square platter instead of a long, rectangular plate and is missing its decoration of egg omelette threads over the top. Instead there are a couple of triangles of egg omelette in its place. It still comes with an abundance of sashimi seafood but the dressing is possibly thicker and sweeter than previous as well.

We finish with a couple of ‘Unagi Don’ which come in shallow, lidded containers decorated with a gold, cherry blossom pattern. The shallow containers make for a high eel-to-rice ratio which provides plenty of flavour in each bite. We linger a little longer over conversation and I leave wondering if I can pilfer one of the decorated containers for personal use.

Sushi-Ya Chatswood
174 Victoria Ave (cnr Jacques St), Chatswood NSW
Tel: (02) 9413 3300

Opening Hours:  7 days  11:30am-2:30pm (lunch)
            5:30pm-9:30pm (dinner)

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happy eating!


  1. There seems to be a high density of Sushi restaurants in Chatswood.

    How did the prices fair at this place, compared to others located in Chatswood?

  2. I used to go here all the time but I started getting sick of eating the same things since their menu doesn't exactly change haha. Have you tried the deep fried gyoza? One of my favourites :) The sushi-ya salad looks yummy as well, might give that a go next time!

  3. Hi Simon! There are indeed many sushi places in Chatswood. It's hard to compare Sushi-Ya to the others as they're pretty much all conveyor-sushis, and therefore have smaller servings. Overall I find Sushi-Ya quite reasonable as well as fresh but, as I said, sashimi is not their forte.

    Hi Jacq! You're right, unfortunately their menu doesn't change nor do they have any chef's specials to mix things up a bit. I usually don't go for the deep-fried gyoza as I prefer pan-fried! But the salad is great, although I think I preferred its previous incarnation.

  4. I used to go there often but same as jacq, got bored with their menu but the food is fresh, portion is big and value for money.

  5. Hey Ellie, I think I only go once or twice a year maybe? But yes, the menu is always familiar however I agree that the servings are pretty good value.


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