Sushi Ten 228 Flinders St, Melbourne

I confess that even though I’m a food snob, when it comes to Japanese food I can’t really tell the difference between good and excellent. If it’s Japanese then I’ll tend to like it (gluggy rice aside).

Not so my friend Ev, who has lived in Japan, visited the country many times and is very selective about the quality of her food. So it’s quite surprising that she actually has a recommendation for Japanese food in Melbourne – the cheapy laminate cafeteria Sushi Ten, tucked away in Port Phillip Arcade . The kitchen is run by Japanese people and the dining room is frequented by Japanese international students, so you can safely assume a certain level of authenticity. My lunch sushi pack ($8) was great value, with nigiri combining large slices of fresh fish and non-gluggy rice and generous rounds of makisushi. The other value meal to try are the fish bones ($4) which are basically the offcuts of salmon still with meat on them, grilled and served in a teriyaki and sesame sauce.

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