Tatsuya is the mainstay of West Ryde’s thriving restaurant scene (cough). It is a little sushi bar, located in next to a budget petrol station. However, the food will definitely impress.
I rang to book for a table, about two hours before we wanted to go. The woman who picked up the phone didn’t have the best English, but you’ll manage.
Parking is not a deal-breaker but I would recommend parking inside the West Ryde Marketplace or try to find something on the street.
We were greeted with a smile and a “Hello”, which is always a plus in my books. I have been to many restaurants where the reception isn’t too warm, and often the food isn’t great either.
Tatsuya offers a nice combination, where you can choose a sushi platter, then udon or soba and if you’re hungry enough, a katsu dish to finish with.
The sushi is fresh and neatly presented. There’s something special about fresh fish, vinegar rice, soy sauce and wasabi.
Shannon had her stable chicken teriyaki sushi ($12) which comes in a long serving plate. Tatsuya stands out from regular sushi bars with their serving plates and bowls. I steal a piece of sushi and the chicken is tender and flavoursome, with the teriyaki not too overpowering.
My udon arrives and is steaming hot. The soup was not too salty and the udon noodles perfect.
I probably shouldn’t have ordered the third course of chicken katsu with salad, since Shannon has placed both us under a diet regime. Oh well.
I haven’t really tasted or seen katsu like this yet, with the skin light, fluffy and not too thick either. Too often have I had chicken katsu where the batter is so thick, you wonder if there is any chicken in it.
I love going to Tatsuya. Prices are acceptable, with the night costing about $30 for the two of us. The staff are friendly, premises are neat and tidy and the food is superb. If you live around the north-west area, it’s definitely worth a try.