The origins of Yume Sushi Gladesville – nestled amongst a variety of restaurants along Victoria Road – goes as far back as 2006 when the head chef and owner, Hyun (Daniel) Cha, opened his first Japanese Restaurant in the Imperial Arcade in Sydney’s CBD.
Since then, Daniel has opened and ran the very popular Yume Sushi in Drummoyne, followed by Yume Sushi in North Strathfield and finally since January this year, Yume Sushi in Gladesville.
The dining experience at Yume Sushi Gladesville is very laid back and casual, almost feeling like a primary school cafeteria with it’s quirky oddities and intentionally haphazard woodwork adorning the walls. That’s pretty much where the similarities end because thankfully the food is a whole lot better than what you’d expect at a school cafeteria :)
Although the list of dishes below seems quite long already, the actual dining menu at Yume Sushi goes well beyond this, offering Japanese dishes that is sure to please the deep-fried tempura loving folks, through to the health conscious brown rice sushi eating aficionados.
Pork Gyoza ($8.90)
Deep fried dumpling with mayo & katsu sauce.
As always we started with gyozas, which on this occasion I found to be have a slightly odd, yet pleasing taste due to the sauce. Having said that, I still prefer the steamed variety.
Salmon & Avocado Salad ($12.90)
Sliced salmon belly fillet, avocado $ baby leaves with Yume miso dressing.
Second on the list was the Salmon & Avocado salad. This was full of the freshest salmon and equally fresh avocado and salad leaves, which made it an absolute joy to eat.
Nasu Age Den Kaku ($8.90)
Deep fried eggplant with red miso sauce.
This eggplant dish had the most beautiful miso sauce, that wasn’t overpowering and complimented the nicely cooked eggplant in the perfect manner. Great dish!
Super Prawn Roll (5 pieces $8.50)
Double prawn and avocado topped with japanese mayo.
I was waiting for this dish to come out because I had never previously tried brown rice sushi. Taking a bite, you can instantly taste the different between this and regular sushi, however, surprisingly it actually tastes really nice. Definitely one to try if you’re very health conscious.
Flame Grilled Salmon ($3.00 each), Eel and Scallop ($3.50 each)
Another dish with beautiful presentation, and as per the Salmon & Avocado salad, the seafood here was beautifully fresh and a delight to eat. Yum!
Sashimi Platter (16pcs $29.90)
A selection of sashimi including fresh oyster, scallop and scampi .
Wow! The scampi staring up at you made this dish quite interesting to glimpse at first sight. Once you tuck in, though, you very quickly appreciate Daniel’s effort in sourcing the freshest seafood because everything tasted great. The Salmon and Kingfish especially were my favourites.
Wagyu Miso Yaki ($19.90)
BBQ Wagyu beef marinated in saikyo miso served in a hot iron pan.
By this stage my dining parter and I were almost full to the brink, so it made the last two dishes a little difficult to sample. From the few mouthfuls that I could eat, I found the wagyu beef to be good to taste, albiet a tiny bit overcooked.
Age Tofu Yaki Soba ($14.90)
Stir-fried noodles with home-made yaki sauce and deep fried soft tofu (2pcs).
The last dish of the night was the Yaki Soba, which unfortunately on this occasion, was a tad too salty for my liking. Daniel himself agreed and apologised, which I was thought was nice gesture.
All in all my experience at Yume Sushi Gladesville was a very positive one. The food is good and the service, as with most Japanese restaurants, is brilliant. Daniel himself is also a wonderful host and really made the night a memorable one. It’s well worth checking out if you’re after tasty Japanese cuisine in a casual dining environment in the Northern Suburbs.