Restaurant review: Good Sushi on Fraser St

on

We were driving by and on an impulse, decided to try Penang Bistro, but it was full with a considerable wait. So we decided to give the sushi place next door a go.

It’s a new place, next door to Penang Bistro, and a about 5 doors north of Earnest Ice Cream. It appeared to be a family run operation, and had only been open for a few weeks (since May 2018).

20180617_190337_HDR

It’s mostly japanese cuisine, but there is a number of korean dishes on the menu as well.  And we overheard the staff speaking to one another in Korean, so we figured it’s safe to assume that the korean dishes should be decent.

20180617_182108

It’s actually a pretty expansive menu, with a wide variety of sushi offerings.

20180617_182113

Since one of our party didn’t care for raw fish, we stuck with “cooked” varies like the unagi roll

20180617_184220

This is an inside out sushi roll with a cooked fillet of eel, and cucumber, drizzled with teriyaki sauce.  It’s pretty good sushi.  The sushi rice is properly cooked, but I didn’t notice much tartness (from any sushi vinegar).  The eel is lightly grilled and sweet from the teriyaki glaze.

We also had a crunch dynamite roll

20180617_184229

This is also an inside out roll, filled with tempuraed shrimp, tuna, avocado, cucumber, and drizzled with mango puree and topped with crunchy flakes of panko.  Much like the unagi roll, the rice was tender but not especially tart.  The shrimp was crisp, and the crunchy topping took it over the top. The mango puree provides some sweetness.

And we ordered some of the japchae

20180617_184921

sweet potato noodles, spinach, shitake mushrooms, threaded carrots, beef, garnished with fresh minced scallions.  This was a terrific japchae.  The noodles were tender and had a depth of flavor, presumably from a stock used to infuse the noodle with extra flavor.  The beef was tender and sweet, garlicky and savory.  The minced scallions and the spinach provided some freshness.  It’s also a pretty big portion.

We ordered some KFC (Korean Fried Chicken)

20180617_184621

This marinated boneless chicken dredged in a starchy coating and deep-fried to a light crisp, tossed with a sweet gochujang based glaze.  It was garnished with some crunchy fried onions and some fresh minced scallions.  This was pretty good chicken.  It’s meaty and cooked to the right doneness.  The batter was lightly crunchy and sweet and salty from the gochujang.  At least it was for the first couple of minutes.  After that, the sauce soaked into the crunchy batter and made it soft.

And just to get some greens, we ordered some of the Spinach Gomae

20180617_184958

This was pretty good.  It’s cold blanched spinach, topped with a thick dressing made from ground sesame paste, mirin, soy, and sugar.  This was pretty good, but not particularly remarkable.

20180617_190025

The room was still fresh and clean (since it was recently renovated).  It was spacious and bright.

The food portions were quite large, and the prices were pretty reasonable.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s