5.25.2012

Box Roll & Eggplant @ Toshi Sushi

After watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I had the worst sushi craving ever.  Those images of perfect nigiri sushi were so engrained in my mind! Andy felt like sushi too, so we hit up the famous Toshi Sushi near Main Street.


The neverending waiting list.
Since we went on a Friday evening at around 7pm or so, the wait was quite long... in fact, we waited for an hour and a half or so.  We were a bit scared to leave and come back, so we passed the time dubbing voices for patrons.  Something interesting was that they had a little saucer of salt outside the store.  I've never seen this before, but I remembered it from The Japanese Tradition (which is absolutely hilarious and you should watch them all).


A much deserved Sapporo ($8.75, large) for our wait.

We started off with the assorted sashimi (~$15.75), which included of tako (octopus), hamachi (yellowtail), tuna, salmon, and tai (red snapper).  All the sashimi felt pretty fresh, with tai still being my favourite.  The tuna was also quite firm and not mushy, which I liked, and the salmon was actually wild salmon!


We also got combo #3 nigiri and roll ($10.50), and we chose the BC Roll for our choice of roll.  The BC Roll was alright.  I quite liked the saba (mackerel) and it wasn't too fishy with the pickling solution.



I've also heard good things about the box sushi roll ($8.95), which is a pressed sushi topped with salmon, prawn, and thin lemon slices on top, and avocado inside.  The lemon definitely made the whole combo refreshing and more interesting.  I liked it and would consider ordering it next time, but I preferred the nigiri sushi more.  (Still very good though!)

The nasu dengaku ($5.95) is a broiled miso-glazed eggplant.  It was my first time having it, and I think it was alright.  $6 is a bit too much for one lone eggplant, and I would consider making this at home instead.


Andy ordered two nigiri sushi: the tobiko and quail egg ($2.25) and red tuna nigiri ($2.15).  Had I known the tobiko one had a quail egg on top, I would have ordered it too!


After watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I had a new understanding and appreciating for tamago sushi ($1.00), so I had to get it.  I still thought it was just alright though.  The amaebi ($1.95) was quite sweet and tasty.  I preferred the other nigiri sushi in the combo more.

I'm not sure if it's because of the 90 minute wait that made me really hungry, but I thought the food here was really good.  (Or maybe it was the beer that swayed my opinion.)  The prices are pushing towards the more expensive side when the setting is quite casual (still ended up to be around $30+ per person), but I can't think of any other sushi-focused restaurants that serve fish as nicely for this price.  The food reminded me of that of Sushi Hachi, which is also quite delicious but actually quite a bit more expensive.

Toshi Sushi
181 E 16th Ave
Vancouver, BC
(604) 874-5173
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2 comments :

1 1/2 hrs of waiting?! Wow. The box sushi looks really interesting.
I'm adding this on my places to eat this summer!

@Gloria: I've heard it's much better to try heading there before 15 minutes they open!! I'm not sure what time though... 5pm? 5:30?

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