…and as your sushi queen, you are welcome to shower me with yummy rolls. A tiara would be nice too, but not necessary. Haha, just kidding! Oh sushi, how you slay me. But seriously though, after passing by so many sushi restaurants in and around the city, it may seem like the wining and dining industry has just become way too oversaturated with sushi bars and as a result, way too ho-hum in terms of variety and quality. Not necessarily so. It’s true that avocado maki is avocado maki no matter how you try to spin it. For me, however, the key is to find places with reasonable prices and something that sets them apart from the rest.
I still remember the first time I had sushi on Queen St.W over 2 years ago and how much I enjoyed the company and what I ate, and that fun night has held a special place in my memory. I now have 3 different sushi places “tucked” under my belt from Queen St.W, along the University to Spadina Ave. strip: Sushi Time, Sushi Queen, and Sushi Xtra (I know, I haven’t tried Crunchy Roll yet! I will, I promise!). On the menu today is Sushi Queen! I know, like you couldn’t figure that one out from the title post! Sushi Queen, located just west of University Ave. at 204 Queen St.W., was a place I wanted to check out simply because I liked the pictures posted outside the restaurant door!
Nothing to get Deb into a place like pretty pictures, right? Haha! The pretty grid of photos totally won me over. The prices at Sushi Queen are very run-of-the-mill average; they’re not cheap and they’re not up in the higher end of the spectrum spewing out gold. Unless you plan on ordering only an appetizer or two, you’re definitely looking at a $10 meal, there’s just no getting around it. Bento boxes, sushi combos, it’s all around the $8-$15 range. And with the rolls, the reason why I say there’s no escaping spending that amount is because they serve their maki in sets of 6 and while a lot of sushi places use the same denomination, there are just as many who serve their sets in 8 and sometimes 12. Obviously the prices might be slightly higher, but you get my point.
I don’t know about you, but there is noooo way I can leave a place after only eating 6 rolls. Are you kidding me?? I may be a petite girl, but I can pack it in, baby. So, you’re most likely going to be choosing at least 2 or 3 items from the menu, depending on your appetite if you’re going the maki route. And that’s not a bad thing! Tis only something I wanted to point out. I love posting my scrapbook pages and pictures on the blog, but I also want to keep the blog truthfully informative and that means being point blank with spending ranges and the like.
Richard and I went for the first time back during the summer, and I went again on my own near the end of the August. We ordered the deep fried soft shell crab appetizer with ponzu sauce (pictured up top, $6.95), I ordered the New York rolls (tuna and avocado with green onion, $5.45), and during the time I went on my own, I ordered the avocado boat ($7.50) and Philly hand roll ($2.95). For the first time ever, I’m going to say that loved everything non-roll related more than I loved the rolls! The rolls were okay. They weren’t bad, but they’re not my favourite. The soft shell crab and avocado boat on the other hand were delish! The crab was so super soft and had a fantastic melt-in-your-mouth texture. You seriously couldn’t tell it was deep fried and that saying a lot for something fried!
And the avocado boat? OMG YUM. The avocado boat consists of half an avocado, hollowed out. The part that’s been scooped out is cut into chunks and these avocado chunks are then mixed with meaty delicious morsels of salmon, tuna, and yellowtail, and sprinkled with tobiko (fish roe/eggs). The whole avocado and sashimi salad mixture is then placed back into the hollowed out portion of the avocado. Ta-da! Pretty to look at and REALLY GOOD.
Moral of the story? You don’t have to be in love with everything to take something valuable away with you after an eating experience. Did I enjoy my time eating there? For sure! Is Sushi Queen my favourite sushi place? Honestly, no. That title is still reserved for The Sushi Shop in my book, but that certainly doesn’t mean I don’t have my favourites from other places. You find stuff that you love and you leave the stuff that aren’t too fussy about, and it’s all just part of the eating and learning experience. Although maki rolls aren’t the be-all and end-all this time around, I love the avocado boat and that’s my personal favourite from Sushi Queen. From your resident sushi queen, ta-ta for now! And by that, I just mean tomorrow 😀
Scrapbooking materials used: indigo/violet, moss green, mint green, goldenrod, and pale yellow cardstock (Recollections); sushi stickers (Sticko); adhesive gems and pearls (K & Company); alphabet stickers (K & Company, Recollections); red and yellow flat sewing buttons.