Review: Toshi Sushi

by gigi on November 18, 2007

Samantha, Lucy, and I went to Toshi Sushi for dinner one day. It is located at 181 E 16th Ave and Main and is one of the busiest restaurants I know of. There is always a line-up to be seated and even though we went fairly late on a weeknight, we still had to wait 15 minutes!

There is a sign-up sheet at the front of the restaurant so the seating process goes fairly smoothly. I suppose due to the fact that there is always a crowd waiting to be seated, there are quite a few rules you have to observe. The biggest one is that they will not seat your table until everyone is there…and they are quite strict about this.

We decided to order a few dishes to share and the first to come was a negitoro roll and a salmon & avocado roll. Both the rolls tasted very fresh, especially the negitoro roll.

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Next came the tuna tataki. The tuna was lightly grilled on the outside and then marinated in the special house sauce with fresh green onions. The grilled flavour on the outside contrasted with the soft raw insides of the tuna. This was recommended by one of Lucy’s friends and I’m glad we picked it. :)

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Our last order was a dinner box with a selection of different items: nigiri sushi, ebi sunomono, chicken karaage, prawn tempura, sashimi, and BC roll. The nigiri sushi was a selection of salmon, tuna, ebi, and snapper (I think it is called kai?). Everything was very fresh and tasty.

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I have to say that ebi sunomono is not one of my preferred dishes when it comes to Japanese, but this time, it was actually quite refreshing! The soup was not too tangy and it also had a couple of slices of persimmon, which was a nice touch.

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The chicken karaage was pretty standard but still tasty. I like the extra punch of flavour that squeezing a lemon over the chicken provides.

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The prawn tempura batter was not too heavy, which I like.

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The sashimi was very tasty. We had a selection of tuna, salmon, and octopus. We could tell that it was very fresh…just like a lot of their other raw items.

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The salmon skin on the BC roll was pretty mild and not scaly at all.

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Before tips, our total bill came to around $33. The food here was really good but I don’t think it was good enough to justify the long wait for a table. Once you are seated, the food takes quite a while to arrive, which probably adds to the long waits outside. The servers are quite friendly and are always coming by to keep your tea topped up.

Details:
181 E 16th Ave, Vancouver
Tel: (604) 874-5173

Summary:
Food: [rating:4]
Service: [rating:3.5]
Price: $$

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