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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The Grand SFU Sushi Crawl

Opposite to fashionable perception, I am really very tolerant of crappy sushi. In the event you current to me a plate of sushi that’s price a C in a single hand and a juicy, freshly smoked burger from a elaborate restaurant within the different hand, I would choose the sushi maybe 8 out of 10 instances. I typically take pleasure in some scrumptious freezer burnt sushi on campus throughout my breaks and after my courses.

As an SFU scholar, one query that I typically get requested is “What’s one of the best 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 totally different locations to undergo on SFU’s Burnaby campus, I enlisted the assistance of meals blogger Vancity Noms as a result of she will be able to actually eat… or so I assumed.

The 5 Sushi Locations on SFU’s Burnaby Campus

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

SFU Eating Corridor

We selected to begin 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 superb deal if high quality just isn’t your utmost concern. There may be pizza, sushi, veggies, vegan meals, hen or beef (relying on the day), fried goodies, desserts, and extra.

Those that know me properly 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 have 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 onerous that she grew to become unable to eat something apart from tea. We have been off to an ideal begin—one in every 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 sentimental, flaky salmon accented by a touch of herby spiciness. The rice might have been extra flavourful, however this was already significantly better than what I had anticipated. I’ve been informed 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 typically come right here after my late night lectures for a few of their pre-made dinner bowls, a lot of that are first rate in comparison with the opposite accessible meals decisions within the space. Nonetheless, 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 may 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 virtually solely whereas at SFU as a consequence of its low costs. I suppose not all good issues final endlessly, as a result of they finally raised their costs considerably to extra intently match what their neighbours have 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 present me nice service.

California Roll – B-

Dynamite Roll – C+

Until you order your sushi as a part of a bento field, you’ll most certainly be informed to get your sushi from the show fridge. Such was the case with my California Roll and Dynamite Roll. Nonetheless, these rolls nonetheless tasted first rate. With the California Roll, the imitation crab meat was candy, and you possibly can 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 have been evident right here.

Ichibankan Specific

Ichibankan Specific is at the moment the one restaurant at SFU that focuses on sushi. Nonetheless, like Spicy Stone, the rolls sometimes come from the show fridge. The sushi at Ichibankan just isn’t low cost both, and regardless of the phrase “Specific” in its title, 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 selection after I’m on campus and am craving one thing greater than an ordinary 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 you could solely count on a lot from refrigerated pre-made sushi. The California Roll ended up unusually bland as a result of lack of mayonnaise within the crab meat. The roll was additionally not very neatly constructed and fell aside very simply.

Mackenzie Café

Our ultimate 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 dear. 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 at the very least they put two deep-fried prawns inside. The crab meat had a pleasant nice creaminess to it, whereas the sauces have been thick and had an fascinating gluey consistency.

Vancity Noms ended up fasting all the 10 hours of the crawl (I am unsure 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. Nonetheless, they both weren’t on campus or commented on how unappetizing my sushi seemed. I positive have some fantastic, appreciative pals. 

And at last, after creating delicate PTSD from campus sushi for just a few days, I can now current to you SFU’s 5 sushi distributors from greatest to worst:

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

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