Big Sushi Pizzas and Philadelphia Rolls at Big Sushi!

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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 ūüôā¬† 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! ūüėĬ† 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! ūüėĬ† 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.

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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.¬†¬†¬†¬†