Banzai Sushi & Thai- Melbourne Lake Washington- 4.45 Stars.
If someone had told me 30 years ago that some of the best sushi in Melbourne could be found at a Japanese/Thai restaurant hybrid, I would have laughed in their face and called them a bald liar.
Well, had that occurred, I would be gobsmacked today and apologizing for calling them a liar as I have just had some of the best sushi in Melbourne at a place called Banzai Sushi and Thai (a Japanese/Thai restaurant hybrid). The decor is an ascetic combination of Thai and Japanese art that blends together flawlessly to create a welcoming atmosphere.
My server was an extremely charming fellow from India named Darban. He was exceedingly professional, personable and knew the menu inside and out. Along with an order of my go-to sushi restaurant barometer of a spicy tuna hand roll, I also placed an order for one Four Seasons roll and one JB Roll.
Fresh out of the gate the rubber hit the road as I took a bite into one of the best spicy tuna hand rolls this side of Tokyo. The roll was done to such perfection that it crunched as I bit into it. Hands down, this was one of the better spicy tuna hand rolls I have had and the chef certainly hit it out of the ballpark with this roll.
The Four Seasons roll was an old school roll with three different kinds of masago (smelt roe) on top and scallions, salmon, tuna, escolar and avocado mixed in. The exquisite flavor combination had my taste buds performing an Odori within seconds. Last, but far from least, was my order of the JB roll. I don't know who or what JB is, but they should be proud to have their name associated with this creation of culinary delight. It was a dazzling concoction of salmon, cream cheese, scallions and sesame seeds.
If you're in the mood for an incredibly globalized meal (where else does one find a person from India serving Japanese food in a Thai place?), some old school sushi where the chefs greet each walk in with the traditional, "Irasshaimase" and the owner's wife darts around like a butterfly checking on customers and staff alike, with fish so fresh you can almost see it draw its final breath, then Big Boy says, "Get yourself on over to Banzai Sushi and Thai in Melbourne and soothe your savage beast with some Far East tradition."