The Grand UBC Sushi Crawl (Half Two)


‘ class and having an epic piano-off within the library (the place we acquired slightly too loud), the 2 of us have been considerably able to resume our grand sushi crawl at UBC’s Vancouver campus. I say “considerably” as a result of Vancity Noms was nonetheless considerably full from consuming approach an excessive amount of on the first cease of our crawl, and I felt like I had consumed approach an excessive amount of soy sauce. Whereas others could be burnt out from doing such a crawl, I used to be soy sauced out. Nevertheless, the time was ticking, and if we did not make our transfer, the sushi locations would have began closing.

This put up will cowl the final three.

Miyamae

The entire time I had been exploring UBC, I by no means knew that there was a complete underground Asian meals court docket at College Village. After I first noticed it, I used to be fast to recommend to Vancity Noms that we should always do a meals crawl that includes all of the stalls within the Asian meals court docket, however shortly retracted the thought after realizing all of the unlucky issues that may occur to my well being if I did that. To not point out that I’d even be doomed if what occurred throughout the Grand SFU Sushi Crawl have been to occur once more…

Miyamae serves a wide range of bento bins, which vary from $6.95 to $11.95. I went for one of many higher-end ones since I had an unagi craving on the time.

Miso Soup – B-

The Miso Soup got here with satisfactory miso paste, some seaweed, and a few tofu. Though it was wealthy in miso flavour, it was additionally fairly salty.

Dynamite Roll – C

If anybody have been to make sushi that didn’t look interesting to me, this was about as shut as one might get. The Dynamite Roll featured crunchy tempura prawn and a considerably first rate filling, however the sight of the rice made me go “Uh oh…” It was not solely soggy and mushy, however there was additionally an excessive amount of of it.

Slice of Orange – A

Salad – C+

Unagi Don – B

The one factor they did nail was the Slice of Orange. Though it wasn’t precisely the prettiest slice of orange ever, it was one of many sweetest and juiciest slices of orange I’ve ever had. The Salad consisted primarily of lettuce, and I wasn’t keen on the French dressing dressing, which tasted unusually like soy sauce. The Unagi Don got here with very comfortable, however considerably fatty unagi. The unagi sauce was candy, and the don was sizable sufficient to be an excellent filler. 

Togo Sushi

After I would completed the bento field, Vancity Noms out of the blue needed to go away, so I used to be left to make the lengthy, perilous journey from College Village to Wesbrook Village at midnight all on my own. I made a decision to stroll there with a view to burn just a few further energy. I made my approach by means of varied hazards, which included timber with branches, college students taking part in soccer, and eerily quiet residential areas, earlier than arriving at Togo Sushi quarter-hour earlier than they closed at 8 p.m. I used to be fortunate sufficient to be the final buyer whose order they took.

Togo Sushi is a small quick meals chain with places scattered throughout Metro Vancouver. I’ve at all times thought-about it to be the perfect of Metro Vancouver’s quick meals sushi joints, and I hoped for no disappointment right here. 

Seared Salmon Roll – B+

The Seared Salmon Roll was a brand new addition to the menu, and it was pretty effectively executed. It had a pleasant, smoked flavour that was accompanied by an excellent serving to of spicy mayonnaise. The imitation crab meat was candy, and the textures have been on level. 

Inari Nigiri – B

Salmon Nigiri – B-

Toro Nigiri – C+

On the opposite facet of the plate, the Inari Nigiri had a pleasant, candy flavour and tasted considerably eggy. The salmon within the Salmon Nigiri was creamy, however weak in flavour. The rice was a bit too tightly packed, however at the least the fish-to-rice ratio was appropriate. Lastly, the toro was comfortable, however tasted fairly fishy. All through my visits to Togo Sushi, I’ve discovered that tuna is persistently one among their weaknesses. 

Nonetheless, what I had at Togo Sushi was adequate to be the spotlight of my whole crawl. I would initially deliberate to attempt the sushi on the close by Save-On-Meals as effectively, however as soon as I noticed that they served precisely the identical sushi as Nesters Market at SFU, I ran away as shortly as I might.

I had only one extra sushi place left…

One Extra Sushi

By the point I walked all the way in which again to College Village, every part was darkish and abandoned, with indicators of life few and much between. I walked into One Extra Sushi at 9:30 p.m., simply half an hour earlier than closing time, and I used to be their solely buyer.

If you’re in search of one thing you may legitimately name a sushi restaurant at UBC, One Extra Sushi is the place. It was a big restaurant that resembled a Chinese language diner greater than a Japanese restaurant. The menu objects have been fairly dear, however the particular that day allowed me to order a California Roll for half value. Regardless that I used to be stuffed, one merely doesn’t say “no” to reductions on sushi.

California Roll – B-

The California Roll got here with an abundance of candy crab meat. Nevertheless, there wasn’t actually sufficient mayonnaise inside, so issues ended up a bit dry.

BBQ Black Cod – B

The BBQ Black Cod was served as a small filet together with a few of the most teeth-exercising greens on the market. There was some sweetness and a few smokiness, however the cod might have been juicier.

Hotate Nigiri – B

Toro Nigiri – B

The hotate (scallop) was candy and comfortable as anticipated, whereas the toro was contemporary with a pleasant, melty texture. Whereas the neta (the seafood on high) was above common, the sushi rice was mediocre because it was too tightly packed.

Mango Tuna Roll – B-

The Mango Tuna Roll got here with contemporary mango and a few not-so-fresh tuna. The tuna was barely fishy, and it was not very comfortable both. The roll was fairly small, and at $8.50, it was very dear for what it was.

After consuming 66 items of sushi (amidst different issues) and getting each carbed out and soy sauced out (by no means once more…), I can now current to you UBC’s seven sushi distributors from greatest to worst:

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

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