Sushi Bar Genki - Return of the Sushi King

Sushi Bar Genki - 163 Gouger Street, Adelaide

All meals and drinks were provided free of charge by Sushi Bar Genki.

Sushi Chef Shozo Ikeda needs no introduction in Adelaide.  The majority of chefs/owners of current Japanese Restaurants (Kenji, Manpuku, Wasai, Genki Roll, Takumi, etc) in Adelaide have all been trained and worked under one of Ikeda-San's many restaurants.  So how could I (Hayes) not say yes to a VIP invite to the grand opening of his newest venture - Sushi Bar Genki.

The popularity of sushi and Japanese food doesn't seem to by dying any time soon, with many restaurants and sushi bars still opening up around Adelaide, so how does this one differ itself from the rest?

The interior is bright, spacious and seating is plentiful (60+) and the sushi tracks are situated in the middle of the entire premises.  Head sushi Chef Shozo Ikeda stands proudly in the centre, instructing his Sous Chef and assistants while tapping his fingers on a Nigiri sushi for one of the guests.  These guests tonight, are many of his former apprentices who have now opened their own Japanese restaurants but have all come to pay respect to their former teacher, the one I like to call - Adelaide's Sushi King.

This is how Sushi Bar Genki differs from the rest.  One man, Ikeda-San.  

The pictures below will tell you a lot more than I can write.
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Sushi Bar Genki plate
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
The Sushi track
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Interior is spacious and bright

Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
State of the art iPad ordering system
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Ikeda-San, smiling for the camera.  
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Ikeda-San creating one of the special plates for VIP night (Toro, Uni and Oyster shots)
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Fatty Tuna (Toro) - This melts in your mouth
Oyster shot - fancy
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Signature dish - Fatty Tuna and Spanner crab - absolutely AWESOME.. washed it down with Asahi beer.
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Mango and Salmon Roll
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Crab stick and Salmon Roll
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Sea Eel - Anago
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Deep Fried Prawn
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Chicken Karaage (Japanese Fried Chicken - JFC) - great with my Asahi beer!
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Rainbow Roll - This one was a bit average.
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Aburi Salmon - a bit smaller that other places, but tastes great
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Paradise Prawn (raw prawn) - Japan definitely has better, but for Adelaide, it will do
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Scampi - Raw.  Interesting, for those who are game enough to eat raw crayfish
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Egg - Tamago
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Fatty Tuna - Toro.  Totally melt in your mouth experience.  A MUST try.  
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Sea Urchin - Uni.  One of my favourites and the best I've had in Adelaide
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Eel - Unagi
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board

Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Aburi Scallop - this had a bit too much onion on top
Sushi Bar Genki - The Chopping Board
Kingfish - fresh & chewy, just the way it should be
You might ask, "It's just rice and some seafood on top, anyone can make it......."

If you believe that, I apologise for wasting your time, please feel free to close off this browser and continue eating your canned baked beans and spaghetti.

You'll notice many of his apprentices will be making the Maki-sushi rolls (Seaweed rolls, inside out rolls, etc), but only Ikeda-San along with his Sous Chef will be making the Nigiri-Sushi (rice ball with piece of fish or seafood on top).  So if you visit, I'd recommend you ordering the Nigiri-Sushi, just to taste the difference.
If you enjoy eating sushi, drinking Japanese beers or sake, watching an experienced sushi Chef doing what he loves best, then I'd urge you to visit Sushi Bar Genki.  

Blogged by Hayes

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2 comments:

  1. There's some great food here i'll be keen to try next trip to the markets. A great excuse to have a Japanese beer too.

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    1. Thanks for droppng by Chef! I totally forgot to take pictures of the alcohol they have there! Asahi on tap and lots of Sake....

      I sampled quite alot that night!

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