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Sushi Hotaru

Restaurants, Japanese Melbourne

Time Out says

Sushi Hotaru

Up the escalators in MidCity Centre is Sushi Hotaru, a not-so-well-kept Melbourne secret for sushi lovers on a budget. There’s almost always a line, but it moves quickly; the average wait time is about 20 minutes. Once you get inside, it’s clear why. The plates are cheap ($3.30 and $8.50 for the deluxe dishes), the service is efficient, and the sushi is ready to eat. The chefs work quickly, sometimes too quickly, so there’s a visible stack of dishes ready for the train. You’re not here for the decor – the focus here is definitely the food – but the friendly waitstaff and noisy patrons make for a buzzing atmosphere. The seared wagyu beef is layered between cheese and onion, like a bitesize barbecue on rice. The soft-shell crab is a must-try, as is the grilled eel and cream cheese sushi. It sounds odd to those who haven’t tried it yet and mouth-watering to those who have – the saltiness of the eel and the sweetness of the cheese melt together in perfect harmony.




Address: Mid City Centre
Level 1, Shop 118, 200 Bourke St
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-10pm
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