Review: Sushi Shop, Toronto

I had a craving for sushi recently. I live in the Yonge and College zone and after receiving about 100 flyers in my mail for Sushi Shop at College Station I decided to check it out with one of their coupons (savings is a good motivator). I arrived on a freezing cold day just as it was starting to rain. The gentleman who took my order was about as energetic as a piece of string. I think it would have pained him to smile at me. Service was speedy but don’t expect to spend an hour laughing with the staff.

I ordered:

Miso Soup

Dynamite Roll

shrimp tempura, avocado, cucumber, orange masago, spicy light mayo

Inari Sushi

fried and marinated tofu stuffed with rice, green onion, marinated shiitake mushroom, sesame

Tyfoon Hako

shrimp, japanese crabstick, mango, avocado, spicy light mayo, tempura, green onion, sesame served with sweet chili sauce

Miami Sumomaki

soya sheet, smoked salmon, avocado, orange masago, green onion, light cream cheese, tempura, spicy light mayo, sesame

First you need to understand that nothing about this Sushi Shop is authentically Japanese. Some of their rolls feature sundried tomato pesto, a few of mine had cream cheese in them. Major drawbacks were that their sushi is heavy on the rice and has minimal showcase potential for seafood. They have a line of “massive sushi” affectionately called SUMOmaki. Don’t even try to get one of these rolls in your mouth all at once. I was intrigued by their Hako offerings (rice and seafood specialty formed in a Hako press). The Hako I ordered had avocado and mango sliced on top with a tiny bit of crab meat in the middle. The amount of rice they gave me was shocking. Their miso soup was nice (especially since it was so cold out) with little soft cubes of tofu and I really enjoyed their inari sushi. I’m a huge fan of the simplicity of inari and enjoyed my first bite when in Nara Japan visiting the famed Fushimi Inari Taisha.

Check out Sushi Shop at College Station if you are looking to satisfy your craving for rice and cream cheese but don’t waste your time if you have ever been to Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market.

#245 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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