I took a picture of the menu and thought it’d be cute to replicate it, so I drew the fish on the paper menu for my scrapbook layout 🙂 And this lovely sushi restaurant lives up to its name! Big Sushi, located at 388 Bloor St. W (west of Spadina), was an accidental discovery half a year ago last June. Since then, I’ve been back twice and I’ve enjoyed my food immensely! As Richard and I were strolling along Bloor St.W a few hours before meeting up with friends one day in May, I was overcome with an intense pang of hunger. With me, this happens often. I know, how embarrassing. It’s like being with a 2-year-old who whimpers when she’s hungry and wants a graham cracker but doesn’t have one! I get hungry often and I’m thankful that I’m surrounded by so many good eats when I’m out on the town; this belly of mine can sometimes be unpredictable!
So, back to that sunny afternoon in May. As I wrote in my Sushi on Bloor post last month, the strip on Bloor St.W between Spadina and Bathurst is bursting with a plethora of sushi places. Perfect, ripe for the picking! 😀 When we passed by the restaurant windowfront, I did a double-take as once again, you guessed it, I was lured by the delicious-looking photos of rolls and sushi and sushi pizza *cue Homer-like drooling*. I didn’t want to be impulsive though, so we kept walking…and came back 15 minues later when I couldn’t resist temptation any longer. Go figure.
I ordered the Philadelphia/Philly roll and other than The Sushi Shop, Big Sushi serves some of my favourite cream cheese rolls, eeee! I can’t even begin to tell you how much I LOVE CREAM CHEESE!! *cue cheerleader pom pom waving here* I am a cream cheese fanatic and I love it with and on everything! These Philly rolls were fantastic. Rolls with crab meat, cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese. The combination of cream cheese and avocado just melts right into the crab meat and they are so hella satisfying. I’ve tried several different kinds of rolls with cream cheese from different sushi places and although they’re good, these are GREAT ❤ And the spicy tuna (pictured below)? Oh, these bad boys will leave you panting. But in the best way possible, I promise! 😀 Those who find some of the spicy roll varieties too tame at other places will enjoy these ones.
Big Sushi is absolutely PERFECT for those who enjoy bigger portions and fabulous, budget-friendly prices! Almost all the maki rolls come in sets of 8, and they have lots of roll combinations that allow you to try 3 different kinds. For those who are super ravenous, it’s fantastic and it’s also great for sharing. The prices are also really good. For many of the rolls that come in a set of 8, prices hover around $5.50-$6 which is very reasonable for downtown sushi. Not to mention, you get what you pay for; the roll sizes are fab and they load them up with lots of yummy ingredients. No dry mouthfuls of rice here!
The larger portion sizes reeeally shine when you order the sushi pizza. The sushi pizza is amazing. Normally, you’re accustomed to seeing sushi pizzas a little bigger than a coaster. Not the case at Big Sushi. If you were to place the sushi pizza on your face (which I really wouldn’t suggest you to do; everything would fall off), it would cover it up entirely. And you get bang for your buck. Sushi pizzas usually come in at around $7 depending on the type of sashimi you choose. For $7.50, you get a meal-sized sushi pizza with not only special sauce and fresh slices of salmon sashimi draped on top of the cripsy slices of breaded rice, but you also get slices of avocado and shredded crab meat, all topped with a sprinkling of tobiko/fish roe. Did I mention it’s amazing? Because it is! It’s fresh, it’s delicious, it’s filling, and it’s generous.
And really, when you go out to wine and dine, you want to know that the place you’re eating at has the heart and generousity that wants you to eat and wants to give you good food. Big Sushi is a great place and I’m glad I “accidentally” stumbled on it that sunny May afternoon.
Scrapbooking materials: gray and speckled beige cardstock (Recollections); black construction paper; sushi stickers (Sticko and Jolee’s); red alphabet stickers (Recollections); adhesive pearls and gems (K&Company); silver, gold, and red metallic gel pens for the drawing of the fish on the menu.