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Showing posts with label spicy salmon roll. Show all posts

Kibo Sushi House (Toronto) for delivery

Note: Prices in post are based on regular menu prices and may be higher when using delivery services

As the pandemic hit, dining inside restaurants was not an option, but our household continued to order delivery even during the first weeks of the quarantine. One thing we did stop ordering was raw foods: we’re not a household that purchases salad, but it did mean our sushi consumption grinded to a halt. This change wasn’t based on medical opinion, more so paranoia, and it wasn’t until two months after the lock-down that we finally ordered from Kibo Sushi House.

Even then, I cautiously ordered the maki set B ($14.95) where the uncooked ingredient was limited to the salmon in the spicy salmon roll. In hindsight, there was so much tempura bits incorporated into the roll – on top and mixed with the salmon – that I had little to worry about with the raw fish. Tempura bits are such an oily condiment that can ruin the maki; after wiping off the bits on top, the roll tasted better.

The dynamite roll was delicious incorporating a warm tempura shrimp, julienned cucumbers for crunch, avocado, and surimi. Given the rice wasn’t too thick, all the ingredients really shone through creating a flavourful bite and the maki is large (10 pieces instead of the typical eight). Compared to everything else, this was the tastiest bite of the evening.

Kibo’s maki sets also arrive with soup and salad, fairly standard versions of the sides. Instead of diving into the soup, I should have taken the time to reheat it as lukewarm and grainy miso isn’t the tastiest thing. At least the soup was flavourful and bits of fried dough were added in lieu of tofu - you won’t get away from fried carbs at Kibo Sushi House!

I was expecting the ebi siu mai ($6.95) to be a har gow shrimp filling in a siu mai wonton wrapper. Instead, the wrapper was filled with shrimp paste incorporating a lot of flour, so you’re met with a mushy bite. I even pan fried them the next day to give it a crust and only marginally improved the starter.

Having waited two months to have sushi, we realized that it is something that tastes best fresh from the chef’s hands. So, we may hold out on ordering again until we can get it from one of the tried-and-true establishments. 

Overall mark - 6 out of 10

How To Find Them
 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: Multiple locations
 Delivery: Uber, Doordash, Skip the Dishes
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  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never order again
  • 6 - decent for delivery and takeout, but there's better
  • 7 - this is good, for delivery and takeout
  • 8 - great for delivery and takeout, it's almost like you're in a restaurant
  • 9 -  wow, it's like I'm eating at a restaurant
  • 10 - I'd happily order this for delivery or takeout instead of dining in any day!

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Nami Japanese Restaurant (Toronto)

Good luck getting a day-of reservation for Summerlicious lunch at a restaurant in the Financial District. After calling two establishments, they could only do a 1:30 seating; luckily, Nami came to the rescue and allowed me to eat a decent time. 

One look around the place and I can see why they were able to accommodate us. their dining room is huge with various tables, private booths, and larger rooms situated along the sides of the restaurant. Surprisingly, for seating so many people, they’re also efficient - our meals were served quickly so lunch lasted about an hour.

The appetizer sushi contained the popular trio - tuna, salmon and shrimp – all done well with evenly cut seafood and the rice a nice consistency. Just keep in mind there’s already a fair amount of wasabi used in the sushi so go lightly with the soy sauce… my first bite was a sinus clearing experience. Two rather large pieces of spicy salmon roll were also included, with the salmon mixture made from diced pieces of fish rather than the pulverized mess mixed with tempura bits that some restaurants serve.

Nami appetizer sushi

Along with a bowl of salad covered in a creamy ginger dressing and a hot bowl of miso soup, the first course was substantial. If you’re a light eater, you can likely take the main to go.

Rather than the typical piece of thigh that's grilled than cut into strips, Nami’s chicken teriyaki are larger chunks, char-grilled with a light smoky essence, then tossed them in ample amounts of sauce. This creates a more flavourful dish and the house made teriyaki sauce nice and thick. Along with wedges of roasted potato, asparagus, boiled carrot medallions, and a bowl of sticky rice, I was thoroughly filled.

Nami chicken teriyaki

Yet, I still couldn’t turn down the matcha ice cream, the ice cold sphere of green tea dessert a refreshing ending. A blob of unappetizing looking but delicious tasting thick red bean paste also arrives, so you can swirl it into the ice cream creating another flavour profile.

After a satisfying lunch, I’m glad the other restaurants were booked. Certainly, the appetizer sushi was more fulfilling than a salad any day. If you’re looking for a day-of reservation for lunch during Summerlicious, check out Nami, they can likely accommodate your table and you’ll leave content.  

Overall mark - 8 out of 10
Is Summerlicious worth it (based on my meal selection)?
Summerlicious - $23
Regular menu - $40 - appetizer sushi* ($16), chicken teriyaki lunch ($19) and dessert* ($5)
Savings - $17 or 42%
* Based on the sashimi sampler and the dessert is a wild guess by me

How To Find Them
 Location: Toronto, Canada
 Address: 55 Adelaide Street East

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  • Anything under 5 - I really disliked and will never go back
  • 6 - decent restaurant but I likely won't return
  • 7 - decent restaurant and I will likely return
  • 8 - great restaurant that I'd be happy to recommend
  • 9 - fantastic restaurant that I would love to visit regularly and highly recommend
  • 10 - absolute perfection!

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