In an already saturated market of sushi stores, Konnichiwa is the latest sushi place to open it’s doors. Located in the Chinatown cafe precinct, Konnichiwa is a “sushi train” style establishment which competes with the likes of Sushi Train and Sushi Bar Genki, which are also located along Gouger Street. The sushi varieties are extensive but nothing I haven’t seen before. Hot meals are also available which include a selection of bento boxes, udon noodles, donburi, una don and sides.
As part of their opening week, all their sushi plates were $3, which is the not the cheapest, but a fair price (Sushi Q Restaurant in Goodwood does $2 sushi plates every Sunday which I think is very good value). While I was watching the sushi conveyer belt, I noticed a distinct lack of sushi plates going past. In fact, there were multiples of the same dish going around in circles. It was a good 10 minutes before I realised that the only way to get any sushi was to order it and have it freshly made. A good 30 minutes later, my food still hadn’t arrived and I noticed people who arrived after me were getting their food. There were all sorts of issues; take away customers were given priority and their orders were made first, there was only one person making the sushi, and my order was somehow placed in the bottom of the queue. Even when the food did arrive, some of the dishes weren’t what I ordered, but I didn’t care, I was hungry.
Aside from the long waiting time, having the sushi made to order was a good thing. The sushi rice was warm, well seasoned and moist, and the tuna, eel and salmon were of a reasonable quality. Compared to other places, the salmon slices were a bit thin, but I’m just nit picking.
I felt they were a little understaffed tonight. The sushi took too long to be made and getting the attention of staff was difficult at times. When the food finally arrived, it actually wasn’t too bad, and with the $3 plate special, it was definitely more palatable. I know they’re new and still finding their feet, but with two other similar stores along the same street, it will be “sayonara” instead of “konnichiwa”.
WHERE: 117 Gouger St, Adelaide