For all the sushi I love and eat in the city, it’ll probably come as a surprise to most that I’ve actually never done an all you can eat dinner in Toronto! I did an all you can eat sushi lunch once with an old friend, at Echo Sushi on Yonge St. south of Eglinton, over a year and a half ago, but no dinner with family or friends. Nope, my track record shows that I’ve saved my all you can eat sushi fests for places a little closer to home.
One of my favourite foodie things about Markham is the selection of all you can eat sushi places! Over the years, my family and I have tried a number of different places all over Markham, some which have been top-of-the-line stellar and others that have just been mediocre. Throughout this sushi feasting process, we’ve lost a favourite (Sushi Tomato at Metro Square by Warden and Steeles) and gained a new one (Asia Feast off Hwy. 7 and Langstaff), all the way scoping out new and unchartered sushi territories.
Not too long ago, we received a flyer in our mail with a menu advertising a brand spankin’ new AYCE place called Yellowtail within the plaza at the corner of 16th and Woodbine Ave. Remember my post on the delicious Greek food at Loui’s Kouzina? Same plaza! This plaza and I go waaaaay back. When I moved to Markham from Scarborough about 13 years ago, I attended Buttonville Public School for my 8th grade year and this plaza was just one major street away and gosh have things ever changed in this plaza over the years. Gone is the Loeb and No Frills supermarket, and in comes stores like One’s Better Living, the soon-to-be T&T supermarket, and of course AYCE Yellowtail. One thing has remained constant though: the food scene here is pretty darn good! Loui’s Kouzina, All Star Wings & Ribs, a Chinese and HK restaurant I actually tried out last week (the name escapes me right now, sorry, I suck), and the awesome Yellowtail.
Asia Feast still holds #1 spot in my heart for AYCE sushi in Markham, but Yellowtail is REALLY amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who loves to AYCE. I don’t know how everyone feels about restaurant seating, but I’m a fan of booths and Yellowtail has a LOT of them, which makes for nice roomy seating. The prices are very standard and average for AYCE ($21.99 for weekend dinner and $19.99 for weekday dinner) and the service is excellent here. The girls who were taking down our orders and delivering our food to our table were super sweet and really nice. And now, for the food. Wow. Really, WOW. We ordered a bunch of different things including salmon sashimi, white butter fish, red snapper, chicken teriyaki and squid skewers, scallops, tofu, and white tuna sushi pizza.
Everything was incredibly fresh, of great quality, and I enjoyed all of it. If I had to pick out the standouts though, they were the roll sets and the selection of ice cream for dessert. The rolls are fan-freakin’-tastic, OHMYGOD. I’m biased towards anything with cream cheese and spicy sauce, so of course I loved the Philadelphia rolls (salmon with cream cheese) and the spicy crunch rolls (tempura crunchies with dollops of spicy sauce), but the honest-to-god knockouts? The 8-roll sets and the dragons. I swear, if you all take my recommendation and go to Yellowtail, ORDER THE DRAGONS! I have NEVER in all my years of eating sushi seen dragon roll sets as big as these. They are amazing, delicious, beautiful, and they will render you speechless.
We ordered the mango 8-roll set (which was served in the dragon style, rolls upright) and the rolls were draped in avocado slices, sprinkled with orange masago, and dripping with mango puree sauce with more chunks of avocado and mango inside the rolls. If you want a tropical party in your mouth, do yourself a favour and eat this. It will make you so happy. In addition to the mango roll set, we had the green dragon roll and THIS made all of our mouths gap open when our waitress brought it to our table. Giant rolls covered in thick avocado slices with tempura shrimp, shredded cucumber, tempura crunchies, and sushi mayo, with plenty of shredded cucumber garnish on the side. Yellowtail, hands down, does the best sushi dragons imaginable and they blow the sushi places in the city out of the water.
Oh, and the ice cream selection for dessert! 6 choices! Sure, they have the usual vanilla, green tea, and mango, but do you know what else they have that nobody else has? Cookies n’ cream and cappuccino! And they do have red bean ice cream as well. We ordered bowls and bowls of the stuff and had ourselves a jolly good time 😀 I am so happy that Yellowtail worked out for us and now that I know that their sushi dragons are the best ever, I’ll slowly eat my way through them. Close to home, close to the tummy!
Yellowtail is located at 9255 Woodbine Ave. Unit #B14. It is located beside One’s Better Living within the plaza at the intersection of Woodbine and 16th Ave. in Markham.