18 July 2009

Kobe Jones, King St Wharf, for all you can eat sushi!

Anyone who knows me well enough will know that I am an absolute sushi/sashimi fanatic. In fact, I think that sometimes I eat so much raw seafood that when I die, it will probably be from heavy metal poisoning. When I read about Kobe Jones offering all you can eat sushi for $25 (including their famous volcano roll) on Here Comes The Food, my eyes lit up and my stomach screamed "YES YES YES!!". So a group of friends were rounded up and we went down to King St Wharf on a beautiful Friday afternoon to eat as much sushi as we could.


Thankfully, Queen Chu has rung ahead to book and let them know that we are ordering the all you can eat sushi. A sushi menu is already on the table ready for us, and the friendly waitstaff let us know that they will be bringing out the first plates soon.

Tasting plate - (clockwise from top) Kobe Jones's finest nigiri, Crunchy roll, Dynamite roll, Avocado roll, Kobe California roll and Volcano roll (centre)

There were 7 of us dining today, and they gave us 3 servings of the tasting plate for us to share. This plate consisted of all the types of sushi and was presented beautifully. However we noticed that the sushi on the plate didn't quite correspond to the menu, and after asking the waitstaff they informed us that there had been slight changes to the menu, and they told us what the new rolls for today were. Their website now has a new menu for their all you can eat sushi, saying that there will be a different selection everyday which will always include the volcano roll and nigiri. You can find it here.

Volcano Roll - Oven baked scallops layered on a crab salad and avocado roll with Kobe’s special cream sauce and a sesame seed and shallot sprinkle

The volcano roll was a mountain of creamy scallop-y goodness, with 3 pieces of sushi in each bowl and smothered in Kobe Jones' special cream sauce and a generous amount of scallops. Although their sauce seems to be a bit more tangy than I've had in the past, it was a definite crowd favourite.

Kobe Jones's Finest Nigiri - selection based on market availability

The nigiri sushi was fresh, with the only downside being a giant mound of rice underneath the fish which was quite disproportionate. We left most of the rice on the plate, and Captain Awesome affectionately saved up her rice mounds and called them her 'mice'.

Captain Awesome's pet mice

The roll which had us most puzzled at the start was the Avocado Roll, which we mistakenly thought was the Spider Roll and for a while we were wondering why there was no soft shell crab in it. This was a nice contrast to the seafood but nothing to write home about, and my Asian genes were telling me that eating these would not be good value for money!

Avocado Roll - Burdock root and asparagus roll finished with a layer of avocado and a sprinkle of sesame seeds

The dynamite roll was filled with salmon and kingfish today which had been marinated in a chilli sauce and the outside of the roll was dusted with shichimi togarashi (Japanese chilli flakes). One piece of this and my mouth was shouting out for water but others with a higher chilli tolerance didn't find it too spicy.

Dynamite Roll - Spicy tuna, kingfish, salmon or scallops with cucumber and sesame seeds

The california roll was yummy, especially with the unusual addition of grilled eel on top.

Kobe California Roll - Crab salad and avocado with unagi layered on top

The last item on the tasting platter was the crunchy roll, which was another crowd favourite with the addition of tempura flakes on the top giving a nice crunch with the sushi.

Crunchy Roll - Tempura prawns with crab salad and cucumber layered with tempura flakes and smelt roe

After the first tasting plate we were able to order from any of the types of sushi which we had already eaten, so of course we ordered multiple extra serves of the Volcano roll, Crunchy roll and the Kobe California roll, as well as some extra salmon nigiri since some people missed out the first time around.

One of 4 subsequent plates we ordered after the first tasting plates...

All up the 7 of us ate about 7 plates of sushi and we were well and truly stuffed after the meal (although apparently not stuffed enough to withstand the allure of cupcakes!). Even though they do try and stuff the sushi full of rice, for $25 this is still great value especially if you love your sushi (and volcano roll!) like I do.

Kobe Jones
29 Lime St
King Street Wharf, Sydney NSW
Ph: +61 (02) 92995290
Lunch: Monday - Friday, 12pm-3pm, Christmas Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day
Dinner: Everyday from 6pm (including public holidays)
Supper: Friday and Saturday from 9.30pm
10% surcharge applies on weekends and public holidays

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  1. hey...our crunchy roll didn't have tempura prawns in it!!!


  3. Hi Charm - I think you might have been jipped...

    Hi Rachel Chiu-y - Haha I didn't know you were such a big sushi fan! Yes there's all you can eat sushi for $25 Monday-Friday from 12pm-3pm at Kobe Jones. I'm not sure how long the promotion lasts for though.

  4. Its a good deal if you can put up with the horrible service of that eastern European waitress from hell!