California Roll at Sushi Suma, Surry Hills

Sushi Suma California roll

Did you ever see Jiro Dreams of Sushi? Without spoiling it, the movie is pretty much the life story of Jiro Ono – the oldest and  most detail-driven sushi chef in the world. Jiro’s Sushi isn’t the stuff you’d scoff on your way out of the train station or over your keyboard at lunch, it’s an artform, a sensual feast and a luxury.

Jiro would probably gag at the thought of California roll. Next to his meticulously crafted, sashimi-topped rice slivers, it’s an unwieldy mish-mash of inelegance – crab stick, avocado, cucumber and if you’re really lucky, mayonnaise. But despite its shameless inauthenticity, there’s a reason the California has been a staple of Anglo-Japanese restaurants for the past 50 years – done well, it’s damn tasty.

Sushi Suma presents the dish as nicely as it could possibly be presented. Eight big pieces bursting with bright, fresh filling, plus good wasabi and natural-coloured pickled ginger. As part of Suma’s lunch specials, it comes with complementary miso soup and a piece of agadeshi tofu – ticks for both!


As lovely as a bit of Jiro-style salmon nigiri is, there is a time and a place for a California roll because really, when is crab, avocado and mayonnaise ever a bad thing? Friday lunch, done!

Sushi Suma

The bill: California roll (lunch time special) – $8.50, including miso soup and agadeshi tofu
The service: Table service, fast and friendly
Also on the menu: Giant lunch sets for $14.90 – include rice, a teriyaki dish, salad, sushi platter, miso soup and agadeshi tofu

425 Cleveland St 
Surry Hills, NSW

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