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Sushi Monger

Restaurants Melbourne

The little laneway sushi joint beloved by Melbourne's CBD workers

We can't tell you much about Sushi Monger's beginnings because, when we visited, the manager and owner told us to go away for two hours and come back, then told us to go away again when we came back two hours later. So we can’t tell you when the shop opened, or the story of the guy behind it, or whether it’s a family-run shebang. What we can tell you is that these guys dish up god damn delicious sushi on a daily basis.

At peak times, you’ll probably join a 20-human-deep queue to get your hand rolls, sold at very competitive prices (three sushi rolls plus a miso soup will set you back a miso-ly $6.80). The queue moves quick-fast – no chit-chat here – so you won’t lose your lunch break standing in line.

The spicy salmon, flecked with chilli, is an eternal flame; we also love the crispy prawn tempura roll – which puts flabby competitors to shame – and the mayo-tastic cooked tuna and cucumber roll. You can also order a bento box with pickles and miso, but the chief drawer is them there rolls. It irks us that they’ve cut back on soy sauce allocation – you used to get one little fish bottle per roll, now it’s two for three rolls – but when the rolls are this good, we're not complaining.

By: Sarah Jappy


Venue name: Sushi Monger
Address: 17/309-325 Bourke St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am-3.30pm; Sat 11am-3.30pm; Sun closed
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