121 Anzac Pde. Kensington NSW 2033
+61 2 9663 3388
Sushi Tengoku is famous for their giant sushi. I figured it was just a novelty factor but worth trying at least once right?
It was 9:30pm when I arrived and the store sign says they close at 10pm so I was glad I made it in time. When I went in, their door banged really loudly in the wind. The place was practically empty and they were already packing up ready to close up shop.
I asked them if they were still open. They told me only if I ordered take-away. I replied that was fine. Just as I got a hold of the menu, they told me I could only order sushi and sashimi. Again, I responded that was fine. Then then told me I could only order the raw fish. At this point I was thinking wow, high maintenance much :p
I just ended up ordering their sushi moriawase ($32) which is a combination of 12 pieces of giant nigiri sushi.
I remembered to tell them no wasabi during preparation and about 4-5 of them stopped and stared at me like I was retarded. Ok, I understand that traditionally you're meant to eat sushi and sashimi with wasabi. I don't and don't want to - it just doesn't work for me and takes away all the enjoyment from my food. I'm quite happy with just a nice soy sauce.
After that, they asked me if I wanted ginger. I also told them no ginger. Again, every single one of the chefs stopped and stared at me like I was retarded. Then they asked "soy sauce?" and I responded that soy sauce was fine thank you.
|Giant Nigiri Sushi 1|
|Giant Nigiri Sushi 2|
In addition, the plastic bag they gave me was sticky at the handles - I assume because the chefs handled the plastic bag. A slight annoyance because it means when you handle the bag, it makes your hands sticky and fishy smelling.
They didn't offer me any chopsticks or paper napkins and I had to request chopsticks.
Although the sushi wasn't bad, the giant factor is just a novelty and I definitely prefer my normal size sushi. The service was so horrible however that I will certainly never be visiting ever again. Fortunately enough for me, the food wasn't good enough to make me go back just for the food.