The Best Sushi Trains in Melbourne

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Good sushi is imperative and there’s something about eating sushi off a train that is just unbeatable. But good sushi train restaurants are like a diamond in the rough, you really need to know your city in order to know the good sushi trains.

So don’t worry, we’ve done the work for you. We’ve personally gone out and about in Melbourne and found our favourite sushi trains, from authentic and cheap, to high-end and aesthetic. 

These are the best sushi trains in Melbourne.

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Located on Level 4 of Emporium Melbourne, Lonsdale Street
Testsujin doubles up as a Japanese BBQ restaurant and a sushi train. As you enter through the lift on the corner of Caledonian Lane and Little Bourke Street, you have to walk through the table of BBQ wagyu to reach your destination: the sushi train. Ordering everything through an iPad at your table (or grabbing it off the train, of course), you can feast on anything from sashimi, to handmade Hidagyu Nigiri and experimental hand rolls. They also have an impressive selection of sake, and deliciously sweet and extravagantly decorated milk drinks, that will make you feel as though you’d been transported to Japan in no time.
Tetsujin sushi train is walk-in only.

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Sushi Hotaru

First Floor Mid-Ciity Arcade, Bourke Street, CBD
Sushi Hotaru is your classic sushi train; plastic menus, black booth-like tables and lots of shouting in Japanese. They make all the favourites, either fresh to order or plucked right off the train, that is always full to the brim of the freshest sushi, sashimi and teriyaki options. Closed Tuesday but open every other day from 11:30am-9pm, you’ve got to be sure to get in before last order at strictly 8:30 if you want to try these sushi delights.
Walk-ins only.

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Sakura Kaiten

Lonsdale Street, CBD
Sakura means “cherry blossom” and Sakura Kaiten is brimming pink neon and Dragonball Z references. Everything is iPad operated for extremely quick service, which sees each order you place wizz out on a little train cart of its own, straight from the kitchen. Unlike other sushi trains, at Sakura Kaiten you really feel as though you can order at your own pace, and perhaps even drink a Japanese Slipper while doing so.
Walk-ins only (there might be a line).

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Sushi Jiro

Multiple locations
Sushi Jiro is a franchise of sushi trains that offer cheap but impeccable sushi. Each plate is $3.80 and the sushi is fresh and delicious. You can takeaway or eat in, but if you eat in, you get to eat surrounded by classy marble which is seriously a vibe.
Walk-ins only.

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Chef David CBD

Swanston Street
Seafood fans are in for a treat with Chef David CBD’s mouth-watering Sashimi menu, offering elevated classics such as salmon and tuna sashimi. Can’t decide between tuna and salmon? Order the sashimi platter, it’s the only way to go. You won’t be disappointed!
Walk-ins only.

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Ganbare Kaz

Up on the Windsor-end of Chapel Street you’ll find Ganbare Kaz, a top-shelf sushi train, with a funky fit-out for the hipsters. No matter where you sit along the large curved bar, you’ll have an epic view of the chefs flexing their impressive skills. You can order hot food and drinks off an iPad at each setting, or grab a beautiful handmade ceramic plate of sushi that grabs your eye. Ganbare Kaz is a perfect combination of an old-school classic sushi train, with modern design elements to give you the most authentic and aesthetic experience.
Walk-ins only.

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Niku Ou

South Yarra & CBD
Savor the finest Japanese Nigiri and Uramaki at Niku Ou, with exquisite dishes such as Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi and A5-Grade Konbu Tare Wagyu Nigiri perfect for sushi aficionados and novices alike. “You’ll be spoiled for choice” is truly an understatement. It’s definitely one of the more fancy sushi spots on this list.
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The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 


The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâtĂ© and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.


Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano


Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli


Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta


The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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