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Con Christopoulos co-launches new sushi train venue in Melbourne’s CBD

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Legendary restaurateur, Con Christopoulos has teamed up with Victor Liong of two-hatted Lee Ho Fook, for their first joint venture – Bossa Nova Sushi.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the two members of Melbourne restaurant royalty are opening a sushi train with a Brazilian-meets-Japanese identity.

Bossa Nova Sushi was dreamt up during the final stages of the pandemic lockdowns as an anchored, 26-seat sushi train providing high-quality Japanese meal that is both quick and elegant, elevating the popular fast-casual idea.

The shape of 70 Bourke Street is ideally suited to a sushi train. Photo Pete Dillon.
The shape of 70 Bourke Street is ideally suited to a sushi train. Photo: Pete Dillon.

“It’s going to have finesse. It’s going to be stylish,” Christopoulos says.

The conveyor belt will carry a combination of traditional sushi train products made with Australian, New Zealand, and Japanese seafood, as well as meals influenced by convenience shops and izakaya; a hot menu will include 12 to 15 complimentary items, as well as sushi for takeout.

Inspired by the Japanese diaspora in Brazil, where the largest Japanese population resides, Bossa Nova will also feature the Brazilian sugar cane spirit, Cachaca, alongside Sake, with European wines also available.

Victor Liong, the head chef and proprietor at Lee Ho Fook, is about to helm a sushi bar. Photo Chris Hopkins.
Victor Liong, the head chef and proprietor at Lee Ho Fook, is about to helm a sushi bar. Photo: Chris Hopkins.

Liong, one of Australia’s most celebrated young names in Chinese cooking, says “Con’s always had a good vision on hospitality in Melbourne and this idea I was excited about.”

“On the train everyone is equal, everyone has the same experience and enjoyment is immediate.”

Bossa Nova Sushi now sits in popular restaurant, Kafeneion’s, old Bourke street home, and is scheduled to open in May at 70 Bourke Street, Melbourne.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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