A realization just dawned on me: I’ve eaten sushi 3 times this week. THREE TIMES! Once for lunch and twice for dinner. I haven’t done that in ages. Eating sushi 3 times within a week that is. And funny enough I didn’t even plan on having sushi this week – it just happened. My mum bought some giant sumomaki rolls with crispy tempura, shrimp, lettuce, avocado and red fish roe for dinner on Tuesday, then I spontaneously decided to have some for dinner when I was out on Friday because the salmon lovers sushi box was beckoning me, and then yesterday my best friend and I ditched our soup-and-sandwich lunch plans in favour of bento boxes and yummy rolls with spicy mayo sauce.
It’s been a wonderfully delicious sushi week.
I haven’t posted about my sushi noshing adventures in what feels like forever but trust me when I say that I sushi and I are as tight as ever. I’ve started an “I Love Sushi” photo gallery on Ate by Ate’s Facebook page, I have some new posts in the works with brand spankin’ new photos, and today, Ate by Ate is back to its sushi-loving ways with a post about one of my all-time FAVOURITE sushi menu items in the city – salmon sashimi salad rolls from Sushi Garden at Yonge & Wellesley!
You know something’s captured your heart when you feel compelled to order it every single time you make a return visit to a place. This is a HUGE deal for me because everyone knows how anal I am about trying something new and not ordering “repeats” if I can help it; after all, if I always ordered the same thing, how on earth would I ever have new content to post about and photograph? Even if I do order something I’ve eaten before, I always feel like I should order a little something extra on the side, just to make the visit worthwhile in the context of the blog.
Yes, I’m anal and nuts. But I know y’all love me anyway despite my quirks!
The salmon sashimi salad rolls from Sushi Garden at Yonge & Wellesley get to me every single time though. I love them THAT much and they are THAT amazing and yummy. And they’re pretty darn exclusive! They’re only available at 2 out of the 3 Sushi Garden locations in the city (the Yonge & Wellesley location and the one by Yonge & St. Clair, not at the Yonge & Eglinton one) and I have yet to see the same thing at any other sushi place. And if you can believe it, the very first time I had this was back in 2009. Yes, nearly 4 years ago! I just never posted about them because I didn’t have a good photo of them. That and there was another time where I didn’t get a photo of them, period. I know, foreshame. Good things come with time though so they’re here now ready to make a big sushi splash!
These salad rolls, or salmon sashimi with vegetables as they’re referred to in the menu (4 for $6.99, 6 for $8.99) are comprised of thick, delicious, velvety soft slices of salmon sashimi wrapped around julienned cucumber, fish roe, and giant chunks of creamy avocado. I could eat these endlessly, they are SO good! They’re super thick and they truly don’t skimp on the salmon sashimi. I love them not only because they’re delicious but also because they’re a nice change from the maki rolls with rice. They have such a fresh, bright taste to them and they’re a little less heavy in comparison to other menu items (like rice and noodles and such), so they’re a great dish to pair with an appetizer or another set of rolls. Because truthfully, salmon, tuna, and butter fish are my favourites so if there’s any menu item that will give me a generous helping of either of those 3 (or all 3), I’m all over it like peanut butter on jelly. It’s the reason why I love sushi pizzas so much!
During this particular visit to Sushi Garden, I paired my salmon sashimi salad rolls with spicy tuna salad rolls (4 for $5.99) and shared the scallop nuggets appetizer with spicy sauce with my sweetheart. The spicy tuna salad rolls are rice and nori rolls filled with tuna, avocado, and spicy mayo but the difference is, all the rolls are wrapped with another layer of thinly sliced cucumber, making these rolls another great fresh and bright tasting alternative.
And the scallop nuggets! If you love seafood, and especially scallops, you will LOVE this appetizer! The scallop nuggets (5 for $3.99) are breaded and crispy on the outside and meaty and juicy on the inside. They’re like scallop coins or medallions sitting daintily on a bed of lettuce with a generous portion of spicy mayo sauce. And I do mean SPICY! I find that many the spicy mayo at different sushi places have varying degrees of heat but let me tell you, this one is HOT! It’s delicious but boy does this sauce ever clear up your sinuses and make your eyes water! It is definitely not for the faint of heart but perfect for those who love heat.
Even though I had this meal in the dead of winter, the colours and flavours scream spring and freshness so let’s hope our spring season starts sooner rather than later! I’m working on some new sushi things for the spring and summer so enjoy this sushi comeback and indulge your cravings by checking out the gallery on Ate by Ate’s Facebook page!
Sushi Garden serves 3 locations in Toronto:
- 1560 Yonge Street, at the corner of Yonge & Heath Street (in Delisle Court), closest major intersection being Yonge & St. Clair.
- 30 Eglinton Ave. West between Yonge Street and Duplex Ave.
- 3 Wellesley Street West. at the corner of Yonge & Wellesley