The Grand SFU Sushi Crawl


Opposite to fashionable perception, I am really very tolerant of crappy sushi. In case you current to me a plate of sushi that’s value a C in a single hand and a juicy, freshly smoked burger from a flowery restaurant within the different hand, I might choose the sushi maybe 8 out of 10 occasions. I usually bask in some scrumptious freezer burnt sushi on campus throughout my breaks and after my lessons.

As an SFU pupil, one query that I usually get requested is “What’s the perfect place for sushi on campus?” For years, I by no means had an excellent response to that query as a result of I had not tried all of the sushi locations on campus. It was time to settle the matter as soon as and for all. With 5 completely different locations to undergo on SFU’s Burnaby campus, I enlisted the assistance of meals blogger Vancity Noms as a result of she will actually eat… or so I assumed.

The 5 Sushi Locations on SFU’s Burnaby Campus

  • SFU Eating Corridor
  • Nesters Market
  • Spicy Stone
  • Ichibankan Categorical
  • Mackenzie Café

SFU Eating Corridor

We selected to start out our crawl on the Eating Corridor to keep away from having the great things run out. Throughout lunch hours, it prices solely $8.95 plus tax to enter the corridor for an all-you-can-eat buffet, which is a wonderful deal if high quality will not be your utmost concern. There may be pizza, sushi, veggies, vegan meals, rooster or beef (relying on the day), fried goodies, desserts, and extra.

Those that know me effectively will know that my mind doesn’t precisely operate within the morning and early afternoon. It did not take lengthy for catastrophe to strike. After taking quarter-hour to determine the place the plates had been even saved, I checked out a bathtub of strawberry jam, pointed at it, and exclaimed, “OMG they’ve ice cream right here!” Sadly, Vancity Noms developed such a foul stomachache from laughing so arduous that she turned unable to devour something apart from tea. We had been off to an important begin—certainly one of us was down earlier than we even began.

Salmon and Avocado Roll – B

As quickly because the clock struck 11:30 a.m., the cooks began rolling out the sushi, and the sushi of the day was the Salmon and Avocado Roll. It consisted of soppy, flaky salmon accented by a splash of herby spiciness. The rice might have been extra flavourful, however this was already significantly better than what I had anticipated. I’ve been advised that the rolls are pre-made, however they don’t style like one thing that simply got here out of the fridge. 

Nesters Market

Our subsequent cease was Nesters Market, which was all the best way on the opposite facet of campus. I’d usually come right here after my late night lectures for a few of their pre-made dinner bowls, lots of that are respectable in comparison with the opposite accessible meals decisions within the space. Nevertheless, I’ve by no means tried their sushi earlier than.

California Roll Combo

Having downed two entrees and 6 items of sushi on the eating corridor, I had to decide on correctly to keep away from stuffing myself and subsequently failing the crawl. I selected the California Roll Combo so I might pattern three various kinds of sushi in a single field. In the meantime, Vancity Noms was nonetheless dying from her stomachache and couldn’t eat something. Who wants martial arts when you could have your non-functioning mind to make use of as a deadly weapon?

California Roll – F

Vegetable Salad Roll – C-

Spicy California Roll – C-

The second catastrophe of the day struck when my mouth met with the horrors of this roll combo. The pudding-like texture of the rice made the California Roll essentially the most disgusting sushi roll I’ve ever had. The sushi rice tasted prefer it had been tossed right into a high-speed blender and pulverized for 5 minutes earlier than being wrapped across the roll. The California Roll additionally got here with some dainty parts of bland crab meat, whereas the Vegetable Salad Roll contained bits of bell pepper for a pleasant unauthentic contact. The spiciness of the Spicy California Roll helped masks the blandness of the crab meat simply barely.

Spicy Stone

Simply steps away from Nesters Market lies Spicy Stone, a restaurant I used to go to nearly completely whereas at SFU on account of its low costs. I suppose not all good issues final without end, as a result of they ultimately raised their costs considerably to extra carefully match what their neighbours had been charging. With the brand new poke bar at SFU, I’ve been going to Spicy Stone a lot lower than I used to, though the cashier-server nonetheless acknowledges me and continues to provide me nice service.

California Roll – B-

Dynamite Roll – C+

Except you order your sushi as a part of a bento field, you’ll probably be advised to get your sushi from the show fridge. Such was the case with my California Roll and Dynamite Roll. Nevertheless, these rolls nonetheless tasted respectable. With the California Roll, the imitation crab meat was candy, and you might really discern the person strands of crab meat, not like with the California Roll from Nesters Market. The Dynamite Roll was bigger and extra filling, however Spicy Stone’s weak tempura expertise had been evident right here.

Ichibankan Categorical

Ichibankan Categorical is at present the one restaurant at SFU that focuses on sushi. Nevertheless, like Spicy Stone, the rolls sometimes come from the show fridge. The sushi at Ichibankan will not be low cost both, and regardless of the phrase “Categorical” in its identify, the restaurant really has one of many slowest kitchens on campus. Nonetheless, I am nonetheless a frequent patron since I do not actually have a lot of a alternative after I’m on campus and am craving one thing greater than a normal California or Dynamite roll.

Negitoro Roll – C+

The Negitoro contained barely fishy tuna that was considerably balanced out by the inexperienced onion. The rice was tightly packed, which made the roll fairly chewy.

California Roll – C

I assume the ethical of the story is that you may solely count on a lot from refrigerated pre-made sushi. The California Roll ended up unusually bland because of the lack of mayonnaise within the crab meat. The roll was additionally not very neatly constructed and fell aside very simply.

Mackenzie Café

Our closing vacation spot was Mackenzie Café, which operates very similar to a small-scale meals courtroom with decisions starting from Subway to poutine to Asian stir-fried rice. As soon as once more, the sushi was saved in a show fridge, and as soon as once more, it was fairly expensive. I opted for a 5-piece Dynamite roll as a result of it seemed essentially the most vibrant and interesting.

Dynamite Roll – C

At $6.19, this roll was very costly for the standard, however no less than they put two deep-fried prawns inside. The crab meat had a pleasant nice creaminess to it, whereas the sauces had been thick and had an attention-grabbing gluey consistency.

Vancity Noms ended up fasting the complete 10 hours of the crawl (I am undecided how she did it), however evidently, she did not actually miss out on a lot. In direction of the tip of the crawl, I used to be so stuffed and sick from consuming unreasonable portions of soy sauce that I desperately marketed free sushi to my Snapchat pals. Nevertheless, they both weren’t on campus or commented on how unappetizing my sushi seemed. I certain have some great, appreciative pals. 

And eventually, after creating delicate PTSD from campus sushi for a number of days, I can now current to you SFU’s 5 sushi distributors from finest to worst:

  • SFU Eating Corridor
  • Spicy Stone
  • Ichibankan Categorical
  • Mackenzie Café
  • Nesters Market



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