Makoto makes me happy

by Forager on February 4, 2009

One of my favourite cuisines is Japanese – specifically sushi, and one of my favourite sushi places in Sydney is Makoto on Liverpool Street, World Square in the city.

There are always crowds clambering to get in here so turnover of the conveyor belt dishes is rapid and the food is always ultra fresh and tasty. The “kitchen” of bustling chefs inside the modular sushi train design is particularly entrancing at Makoto. I don’t know if it is the ambient lighting, the height of the stools or the low rise conveyor belt that provides a bird’s eye view, but it’s utterly captivating. And there is more variety in the sushi offered here than you can possibly try! The sushi chefs here will use more “uncommon” types of fish that you won’t see featured on smaller sushi train operations. The perfect environment for more adventurous sushi eaters!

I’ve been loyal to Makoto for years and admittedly the prices have hiked up substantially since it first opened, but the food is so good I can’t stay away for too long. I compare every other sushi train I visit to Makoto’s quality and soon enough I find myself in the queue outside Makoto’s looking at the happy diners and willing them to hurry up and finish their meal.

I have to admit, I am biased as I have a sentimental soft spot for Makoto.In fact, my boyfriend and I had our second date at Makoto. I gleefully ordered him a natto handroll and then casually informed him that I really couldn’t date a man that couldn’t take on the natto roll challenge. For those unfamiliar with natto, they’re Japanese fermented soy beans, which sounds innocent enough but these beans are fermented with a bacteria that creates a silky mucus that coats the natto in a fine web. Oh, and it tastes like cigarette ash paste. Don’t ask me how I know what cigarette ash paste tastes like. Just try natto for yourself and then talk to me. Anyway, he only managed 2 bites of this natto roll – but I relented and kept dating him as he was sorta cute. Incidentally, I have tried natto on another 2 occasions (once in Tokyo, another in Kyoto – just in case the quality at Makoto’s was suss), making it a total of 3 attempts at acquiring a taste for natto. It hasn’t happened yet, but I’m optimistic that it might happen one day. But natto will have a dedicated blog post one day – perhaps when I try attempt number 4.

As for tonight, my friend Olga and I had a satisfying dinner of salmon, tuna, eel, spider roll, yellow tail and soft shell crab all washed down with piping hot cleansing green tea. Apologies for the lack of photos below – I took a photo after I sat down and then was well into the meal before I realised I was so absorbed in the enjoyment of my sushi that I’d forgotten to take photos.

To full to have anymore sushi or fit in dessert there, I decided to get some green tea cake for a late dessert. And right now I’m a lucky little pampered girl – I’m staying at the Hilton for a few nights and paired my dessert with some champagne and complimentary chocolates courtesy of the hotel for a really decadent dessert experience. I’m not usually one for dessert as I don’t have much of a sweet tooth – but when I do dessert, I do it in style baby.

119 Liverpool St (Cnr Liverpool and Pitt St) Sydney (02) 9283 6767
Open for lunch Mon – Fri 11:30 – 14:30; Sat – Sun 12:00 – 15:00
Open for dinner 7 days 17:30 – 22:00

Foodie in the know:
If you arrive at peak times, be prepared to wait up to 30 mins for your seat – particularly if you want a seat at the bar. If you’re not prepared to wait, then it’s worth knowing that take-away orders get a 10% discount off the total bill. Lastly, being a Japanese restaurant, noise is (usually) at a comfortable level but they tend to have Madonna instrumentals on high rotation.

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