When I eat at sushi places, it’s kind of like playing a mental game of Where’s Waldo. I’ll scan the menu, mentally discard the options that I don’t care for (those who clearly don’t look like Waldo), take mental notes of the ones I might be interested in and remind myself to go back to them to reconsider (the areas that are really busy and confusing that need greater attention a bit later if I don’t find Waldo after the first go-around), and the kinds that make me squeal with excitement and convince me via words and/or pictures that I NEED to try this. Cue the sushi radar alarm: Ding-ding-ding, meep-meep-meep, Waldo has been spotted! No further searching necessary 😀 That is certainly what happened my first time eating at Sushi Shop; my sushi radar was on overload! So many rolls that encompassed my two sushi weaknesses all rolled into one: salmon and cream cheese! I love trying different things at sushi places, but those are the two things I can never resist.
I love cream cheese so much, and I’m also a sucker for things like pesto and sundried-tomato, so the Akanasu rolls (a set of 6) with creamy, tangy light cream cheese, sundried-tomato, and sesame seeds, were a total no-brainer for me. It’s like this sushi bar and I were meant to be! And all the Sumomaki rolls (sets of 5 large rolls) are also offered as hand roll varieties so I salivated a la Homer Simpson style at the description of the Smoky: fresh salmon sashimi, thick slices of avocado, orange masago (fish roe), spicy light mayo and sauce, and a huge truckload dumping of crunchy tempura, all wrapped up in sushi rice and seaweed. Hand rolls are fun because 1) who doesn’t like food you can eat with your hands?? and 2) it’s like a sushi taco or burrito, woohoo! Every mouthful is pure deliciousness.
Oh gosh, this meal had “Deb” written all over it ❤ Salmon and avocado are pretty basic staples in a lot of sushi and of course, freshness always plays a role in how good it is (frozen salmon? no, thanks. Lukewarm salmon? I’ll pass on that too, ew) but what really makes this fantastic (besides the freshness of those two things) is the crunchy tempura and spicy sauce. It is texture like you wouldn’t believe. You have the smoothness of the salmon, the buttery meltiness of the avocado, and then the crunch from the tempura that just explodes and melts in your mouth. Imagine the crunchiness of amazing onion rings. It’s like that only in my opinion, even ten times better than that! And don’t even get me started on how lip smackin’ my cream cheese and sundried tomato rolls were! Sushi Shop is my absolute favourite and I’ll be hard pressed to find one that rivals the quality, freshness, and uniqueness that it offers. But that’s fine by me. Mental games of Where’s Waldo sushi-style are amusing 😀
The Sushi Shop is located at the intersection of Yonge and Carlton St. (3 Carlton St.), with 2 other take-out locations serving the downtown core, one being in the GO train station concourse and the other near Maple Leaf Square at 25 York St (closed Saturday and Sunday). According to Google map, there is also a location on Bloor St. E at 175 Bloor St.E (Saturday and Sunday closed as well).
Scrapbook materials used: purple, bubblegum pink, pale pink, and emerald green cardstock (Recollections); white paper; patterned alphabet stickers (K&Company); silver alphabet stickers (Sticko); magenta, pink, and purple adhesive gems; flower paper punch; medium scallop circle paper punch (ek success); black Sharpie felt tip marker.