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The Grand UBC Sushi Crawl (Half Two)


‘ class and having an epic piano-off within the library (the place we acquired a little bit 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. Nonetheless, the time was ticking, and if we did not make our transfer, the sushi locations would have began closing.

This submit 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. Once 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 concept after realizing all of the unlucky issues that might occur to my well being if I did that. To not point out that I’d even be doomed if what occurred through the Grand SFU Sushi Crawl have been to occur once more…

Miyamae serves a wide range of bento containers, 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 enough 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 surprisingly like soy sauce. The Unagi Don got here with very gentle, however considerably fatty unagi. The unagi sauce was candy, and the don was sizable sufficient to be a very good filler. 

Togo Sushi

After I might completed the bento field, Vancity Noms abruptly needed to depart, so I used to be left to make the lengthy, perilous journey from College Village to Wesbrook Village at the hours of darkness all on my own. I made a decision to stroll there in an effort to burn a number of additional energy. I made my approach by way of varied hazards, which included bushes with branches, college students enjoying 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 areas scattered throughout Metro Vancouver. I’ve all the time thought-about it to be the very best 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 properly executed. It had a pleasant, smoked flavour that was accompanied by a very good 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 aspect 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 not less than the fish-to-rice ratio was right. Lastly, the toro was gentle, however tasted fairly fishy. All through my visits to Togo Sushi, I’ve discovered that tuna is constantly one in all their weaknesses. 

Nonetheless, what I had at Togo Sushi was ok to be the spotlight of my total crawl. I might initially deliberate to strive the sushi on the close by Save-On-Meals as properly, 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, the whole lot 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 searching for one thing you possibly can 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. Despite the fact 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. Nonetheless, 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 number 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 gentle as anticipated, whereas the toro was recent with a pleasant, melty texture. Whereas the neta (the seafood on prime) 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 recent mango and a few not-so-fresh tuna. The tuna was barely fishy, and it was not very gentle 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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