3772 West 10th Avenue
I first tried this restaurant with a group of friends, but since Beebs and I were a little late, we didn’t exactly get to enjoy our food. Even though we were rushed, I noticed their menu was different from other sushi restaurants I’ve tried. I asked Beebs to take me back for another round so here goes the review:
When we first arrived, the restaurant was completely empty. I joked with Beebs that he booked the entire restaurant for me. We got to choose our own seats, as the hostess was really casual with us. She brought us our complimentary tea/water and miso soup, although there’s a self-serve bar on the side for that. They’re a lot more attentive when no one is around.
There was one particular dish that I wanted and ordered: Alaska sashimi combo. It came with the Alaska roll and a side of sashimi. They have the option of having tuna or salmon; I only chose salmon (half-farmed, half-wild). Beebs chose the scallop roll and toro. I loved the farmed salmon sashimi. Not only was it extremely smooth, it melted in your mouth. Sometimes I find sashimi hard to chew, but this was just perfect. What else did I like? It didn’t have the overwhelming fishy taste of seafood that I dont particularily like. There was something about the alaska roll that was addicting. Turns out I really like cream cheese. The cream cheese isn’t distrubted that evenly, so the last bite/piece had a little too much. You must eat the pieces in one bite for the blend of flavours. I’m seriously addicted to this roll. The scallop roll was great as well but obviously not my favourite. Again with seafood, the scallop didn’t have the heavy fish taste and was actually quite fresh in my opinion. It was soft and smooth. I asked Beebs how his toro was and he said it was good. It met his requirements: soft and tasted good, but it wasn’t comparable to his favourite that melted in his mouth. Since we weren’t completely full by the end of the meal, we ordered a chicken ramen. I loved the chicken on top, but didn’t really like the ramen. I’m used the ‘instant noodle’ for ramen; I didn’t like the type of noodles they had. Otherwise, the flavour was just right (and not too salty). Which reminds me to comment on the miso soup. I don’t really drink soup, and this wasn’t the exception. I gave all of mine to Beebs. He commented that it was a little salty too. I didn’t expect much out of the complimentary food though. The bill was pretty decent for the amount we ate. I think the prices are reasonable.
This restaurant may not look appealing at first because it’s hidden away and the interior isn’t mind blowing. It’s simple and clean. Don’t let that fool you because they do have some great food on the menu. Oh, and note that this is a Korean owned Japanese restaurant which may or may not change you opinion of this place. I liked the fusion touch but some may want more authentic Japanese food.
I would definitely recommend this place and the Alaska sashimi combo!