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The Grand UBC Sushi Crawl (Half One)


For the reason that Grand SFU Sushi Crawl was completely not a traumatizing expertise, I believed it could be a terrific concept to do a Grand UBC Sushi Crawl as effectively. With seven locations to go to as a substitute of 5, I knew this crawl would require that rather more endurance and cautious planning. Utilizing my common sense, I received 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 submit will cowl the primary 4.

Honour Roll

Our assembly place was Honour Roll, situated within the centre of the AMS Pupil 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 previous Pupil 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 a great vary of barely expensive 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 have been awkwardly coarse, as if they’d been by accident 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 may’ve performed higher with a little 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 sturdy and wealthy in flavour and went effectively with the avocado. Nonetheless, there was a small little bit of saltiness intrinsic to the roll, which meant that the roll didn’t pair effectively 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 each piece of avocado out of my sushi after which stare evilly on the avocado mound I had simply created, pondering 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 have been fairly optimistic. Though the sushi was pre-made, it was superior to just about the whole lot out there 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 official causes to be involved about how we have been going to get via 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 gadgets 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 to 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 have been off to a terrific 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 clean texture and was creamy and fairly contemporary.

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 manner an excessive amount of rice and manner 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 contemporary and crunchy although, so I will give them credit score for that.

Suga Japanese & Korean Restaurant appears to be a very unhealthy case of being stingy on the pricier substances after which making an attempt to make up for it by supplying you with extra of the cheaper substances. I am not huge 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

Positioned simply steps away from Suga Japanese & Korean Restaurant is Mio Japan, a well-liked teriyaki place that additionally serves nigiri, sushi rolls, and sashimi. Vancity Noms was performed at this level, however she remained a great sport and watched me as I devoured unreasonable quantities of sushi whereas taking eternally 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 may 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 contemporary, and the rice was not too tightly packed, however WTF was up with these cuts? Did they simply reduce the salmon sashimi fashion after which positioned it on prime of the sushi rice?? No, simply no…

Shifting 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 the 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 have been nonetheless in prime lunch hours, all the 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 arduous to chew via. The tuna within the Tuna Nigiri was quite 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 received 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 one among Vancity Noms’ courses and wished upon my fortunate sushi stars that I would not be referred to as to take part. It labored. Maybe the truth that I fell asleep in the midst of the category helped.

Click on right here for Half Two of the Grand UBC Sushi Crawl!

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