The Grand UBC Sushi Crawl (Half One)


Because the Grand SFU Sushi Crawl was completely not a traumatizing expertise, I believed it might be an ideal thought to do a Grand UBC Sushi Crawl as nicely. With seven locations to go to as an alternative of 5, I knew this crawl would require that rather more endurance and cautious planning. Utilizing my common sense, I acquired Vancity Noms, who managed to complete precisely zero items of sushi final time, to assist me on this journey.

The Seven Sushi Locations on UBC’s Vancouver Campus

  • Honour Roll
  • Suga Japanese & Korean Restaurant
  • Mio Japan
  • Bento Sushi
  • Miyamae
  • Togo Sushi
  • One Extra Sushi

This publish will cowl the primary 4.

Honour Roll

Our assembly place was Honour Roll, positioned within the centre of the AMS Scholar Nest. My morning idiocy took no breaks, and I spent a number of minutes messaging Vancity Noms to ask her the place the Nest was whereas I used to be standing proper in entrance of it. An all caps explosion ensued…

Again within the days of the outdated Scholar Union Constructing (SUB), the sushi stall was initially named Honour Roll. The title modified to Peko Peko when the brand new SUB opened, however has now reverted again to Honour Roll. That includes an excellent vary of barely dear pre-made rolls, we hoped that the sushi was honour roll–worthy.

Miso Soup – B

Since I badly wanted one thing to drink after all of the vitality expended on discovering the Nest, I went for the Miso Soup. It got here with inexperienced onion and tofu and had a well-balanced flavour. Nonetheless, the items of tofu had been awkwardly coarse, as if that they had been unintentionally left to dry for a couple of minutes.

Actual Crab California Roll – B-

Coming in six beneficiant items was the Actual Crab California Roll. We discovered it barely dry, and it might’ve performed higher with a bit extra mayonnaise.

Smoked Salmon Roll – B

One of many extra first rate rolls that we had was the Smoked Salmon Roll. The smoked salmon was robust and wealthy in flavour and went nicely with the avocado. Nonetheless, there was a small little bit of saltiness intrinsic to the roll, which meant that the roll didn’t pair nicely with soy sauce.

Salmon Roll – C+

Subsequent, we had the Salmon Roll, which was a bit too tightly packed. The salmon additionally had little flavour.

Avocado Roll – B

One factor I believed I would by no means eat in my life was the Avocado Roll. I used to hate avocado as a child. I’d pluck every bit of avocado out of my sushi after which stare evilly on the avocado mound I had simply created, considering of the way to destroy the mound. Nonetheless, since Vancity Noms ordered this roll, I took the plunge and had one piece. It tasted surprisingly first rate, and the extent of creaminess was good.

Our general impressions of Honour Roll had been fairly optimistic. Though the sushi was pre-made, it was superior to just about all the things accessible at SFU. I used to be unable to cease Vancity Noms from consuming a great deal of the sushi at Honour Roll. After she had consumed about 20 items of sushi, I had respectable causes to be involved about how we had been going to get by means of the remainder of our crawl.

Suga Japanese & Korean Restaurant

Our subsequent place to strive was Suga Japanese & Korean Restaurant. For years, I had been wanting to return to this place for his or her 5 objects for $25 lunch particular, a lunch particular that sadly disappeared off the menu by the point I lastly made it to the restaurant. Sadly, this additionally meant that I’d not be capable of persuade Vancity Noms to not order her tremendous filling Tuna Sashimi Don…

In the meantime, since I needed to eat at 4 completely different locations for lunch, I attempted to maintain the meals amount affordable by ordering just one plate of meals.

Tuna Sashimi – C

Salmon Sashimi – B+

We had been off to an ideal begin with the extremely questionable Tuna Sashimi. It was not too fishy, but it surely was additionally not mushy in any respect and tasted barely cooked. The Salmon Sashimi fared significantly better. It had a easy texture and was creamy and fairly recent.

Chopped Scallop Nigiri – C+

Toro Nigiri – C-

Subsequent, I loved some questionable nigiri. The Chopped Scallop Nigiri was not rolled correctly (as evident within the picture) and was remarkably dry. There was additionally not a lot scallop inside. The Toro Nigiri got here with method an excessive amount of rice and method too little toro, making the entire thing style bland like plain congee. By no means once more…

Una Q – C

The Una Q was a roll with a eel and cucumber. There was so little unagi that Sauce Q would’ve been a way more applicable title for the roll. The cucumber inside was recent and crunchy although, so I am going to give them credit score for that.

Suga Japanese & Korean Restaurant appears to be a very unhealthy case of being stingy on the pricier elements after which making an attempt to make up for it by providing you with extra of the cheaper elements. I am not large on portion sizes in any respect, however for me, this was unacceptable. It did not assist that our server was clearly unenthusiastic all through our go to.

Mio Japan

Situated simply steps away from Suga Japanese & Korean Restaurant is Mio Japan, a preferred teriyaki place that additionally serves nigiri, sushi rolls, and sashimi. Vancity Noms was performed at this level, however she remained an excellent sport and watched me as I devoured unreasonable quantities of sushi whereas taking endlessly to jot down down my notes.

Realizing that Mio Japan’s specialty was teriyaki, I wished to go for each the teriyaki and the sushi, however with out assist, I might solely select one or the opposite. Since I needed to keep true to the title of my weblog, I went for the Dynamite Combo.

Sockeye Salmon Nigiri – C+

Dynamite Roll – B-

The Dynamite Combo got here with three items of Sockeye Salmon Nigiri and a Dynamite Roll. The sockeye salmon was reasonably recent, and the rice was not too tightly packed, however WTF was up with these cuts? Did they only reduce the salmon sashimi fashion after which positioned it on prime of the sushi rice?? No, simply no…

Transferring on, the Dynamite Roll, though it got here with just one prawn, was savoury with a pleasant creaminess coming from the avocado. The sushi rice was only a contact dry.

Bento Sushi

Since Vancity Noms had class later within the day, we ventured again in direction of the center of the campus and located ourselves at Bento Sushi, part of the mini meals court docket on the David Lam Administration Analysis Centre (beside the Sauder Faculty of Enterprise). As we had been nonetheless in prime lunch hours, the complete meals court docket was very busy.

Within the show fridge was an assortment of pre-made sushi combos, every costing about $10. Feeling like a samurai after having wolfed down two meals’ value of sushi, I went for the Cali-Samurai Combo.

Tuna Nigiri – C

Salmon Nigiri – C

Ebi Nigiri – B-

California Roll – C

Sadly, the sushi ended up being very costly for the standard. The sushi rice within the nigiri was so tightly packed that it was really considerably onerous to chew by means of. The tuna within the Tuna Nigiri was reasonably mushy and tasted like mashed moist paper. The Salmon Nigiri was not flavourful, although the Ebi Nigiri was not less than noticeably candy. The California Roll got here with creamy avocado however was very rice heavy, and the imitation crab stick was both weak in flavour or just acquired misplaced within the sea of rice (or each).

After ending the Cali-Samurai Combo, Vancity Noms had class to go to, and I wanted a break from all of the soy sauce I used to be consuming. With nothing good to do within the meantime, I crashed certainly one of Vancity Noms’ lessons and wished upon my fortunate sushi stars that I would not be known as to take part. It labored. Maybe the truth that I fell asleep in the course of the category helped.

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