On a warm spring Friday evening, being out of fresh ingredients, I decided to head out to grab some dinner. My dinner companion suggested a sushi place way out in the Alma area of West Broadway, called Greenleaf Sushi.
I’d driven past this place many times over the years, but never thought to try it until now. It was a busy little place when we arrived, and scored the last table in the house.
The menu is populated with what appears to be fairly standard japanese resstaurant fare (sushi, sashimi, tempura, donburi, etc). But they seem to have some fairly inventive sushi offerings. (Just as a side note, really complex looking sushi is a hallmark of north american sushi. Sushi in Japan is comparatively simple, and generally relies on fresh quality ingredients and meticulous preparation).
We started with the spinach goma-ae salad
This is blanched spinach served on top of a dollop of sweet sesame and honey paste. It was topped with toasted sesame seeds. This tasted pretty good. The spinach was tender and lightly wilted, and the sauce was think and sweet and earthy from the the sesame seeds. They get some bonus points for their zen-like presentation.
This was followed with assorted tempura
This is an assortment of vegetables and prawns that were dipped in tempura batter and fried to a crispy texture. It came with a tart tempura dipping sauce. These were good tempura. There were yams, red peppers, zucchini and prawns.
Then our sushi arrived. The first roll was a crispy roll.
This was prawn tempura, crab meat, cucumber, avocado, inside out roll, topped with spicy tempura bits, peanut sauce and wasabi sauce.
The second roll was a aburi tobiko roll
This was Crab meat, salmon, cucumber in an inside out roll, topped with oshi sauce, fish roe, and Serrano pepper.
These were good sushi. The ingredients were good quality, and fresh. The rice was the right “doneness”, lightly vinegared, and room temperature. The textures were a nice mix of crispy, tender, creamy, and novel (with the pop when biting into the fish roe).
It was very busy place, and as we left, the line up outside the door even longer than when we arrived.
The space is actually a little dim, and very compact. The servers were pleasant and attentive, but seemingly overworked (or perhaps understaffed). The staff do seem to be Japanese (one of only a handful of japanese restaurants in town that are staffed by japanese).