Sunday, 23 August 2009

Kabuki 2 Go

I'm pretty lucky when it comes to eating sushi for lunch, because I've got an LR Sushi shop just across the road. I still haven't got around to putting up a post about its great sushi, but it will happen sooner or later. (By the way - if you want to avoid the crazy queue, go before 12pm).

In the meantime, it now has a quality competitor about 50 metres down the road, in the shape of Kabuki 2 Go. As you probably know, Kabuki is the Japanese restaurant at the Stamford Plaza Hotel. In the last week or so, it's opened up a take away sushi bar, just off Felix Street.

I wandered in the other day to see if it was as good as the rolls I've been buying from LR Sushi. The first thing I noticed was that the selection of rolls is smaller. There were only about 8-10 to choose from - at least that makes the choice easier. I bought 3 rolls - tofu, avocado & ginger, fresh salmon & avocado and a California roll. Each of the rolls was a good size - no skimping on ingredients here.

So what did they taste like? The short answer - excellent. I started with the California roll, because it looked like it was actually full of good crab (not seafood extender). It was probably the best of the three. The crab had a lovely, delicate flavour and by the time I'd finished it, I wished I had another. Next was the tofu, avocado & ginger, which I'd bought out of curiosity. Again this roll turned out to be delicious. The tofu and avocado were fresh and the pickled ginger provided a great contrast, both in flavour and texture. In comparison, the fresh salmon & avocado roll didn't bowl me over, but I think that's because its more delicate flavours were overwhelmed by the strong taste of the ginger in the tofu roll that I'd just eaten.

Although there isn't a huge selection of rolls, the quality is good. Kabuki 2 Go is also great value (considering the quality) with the rolls around the $2.20-$2.50 mark. You can also arrange take away catering platters if you call ahead.

With such good sushi on offer, I wonder how long it will be before Kabuki 2 Go starts eating into the long queue at LR Sushi just down the road? They are both streets ahead of the standard sushi rolls that you find in food courts around the city.

Kabuki 2 Go
Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Felix Street
Brisbane 4000
P - 07 3221 1999


Sarah said...


Why do all the good sushi places seem to be located in the city?

The one at UQ is pretty good, but damn expensive (try $3 per roll plus extra for wasabi!) and misushi in Hawken Village does some nice fresh (and cheap) sushi at a pinch but puts horrible things like cream cheese in many of them.

I just hate going to the city... do you know of any good places for sushi in the suburbs? I'm in total agreement on food court sushi- I swear I once had a sushi roll in Indooroopilly that had been frozen and thawed, and I don't eat any sushi that hasn't come personally recommended by someone since then!

food bling, Brisbane said...

$3 for a sushi roll sure is expensive Sarah!

I am yet to come across good sushi in the suburbs, but hopefully someone will be able to suggest one for you. I've been told by a few people that the sushi in the newer food court at Chermside is good, but I haven't tried it yet.

Taroinbrisbane said...

Hi guys, Sushi D-lite in Toombul shopping centre is pretty good.

BacKLasH said...

hanaichi's sushi is good enough.. the one near wagamama at queen street..
but if u want fast sushi.. sushi deli is good enough.. the one in wintergarden.. :)

Anonymous said...

I second Sushi D'lite in Toombul.
They know their rolls and it's consistently good.

food bling, Brisbane said...

Thanks for the sushi tips everyone. I'll have to give Sushi D-Lite a go, as Toombul isn't too far from me. I hardly ever think of going to Toombul, but now I have a good excuse. If anyone finds any other top notch suburban sushi, please let me know.