What? Sushi World for cheap lunch
Where? 281 College st (SW corner of Spadina & College – 510 streetcar from Spadina takes 3 mins)
Price? $5.99 (for lunch special, PS UofT students get 10% off for dinner service!)
The skinny: There are dozens of food joints in Chinatown and among them at least ten sushi restaurants. The big sign caught my eye and triggered some memory of having read a positive review about Sushi World so after a quick eyeball of the lunch specials I entered the restaurant.
Although it was lunch time, there weren’t a lot of customers. However, over the course of the meal, a few people came in to pick-up their orders so all’s not as it seems.
I sat right by the window in order to get shots of the entire restaurant (small but not surprising for a restaurant in such a convenient location)
The restaurant seems to be kept really clean, but that should be expected right? haha
While having an insanely hard time choosing a special, a server gave me some green tea and miso soup. Nothing special. Was looking forward to some HOT tea but it was lukewarm.
I decided to get C3 since it had a little more variety. “California Roll & 3pcs Tuna Roll & 3pcs Salmon Roll. A couple later the server came with a small bowl of salad. Very typical fare at “sushi restaurants” here. Before I had the chance to finish it off, she had returned with my order. Quick! That’s nice because I was slightly starving.
|Here's the salad: rather runny dressing.|
|blurry photo of ONE side of the lunch special|
In addition to the overall freshness of ingredients is pivotal (the last thing you want is to be downing bad slimy salmon sashimi), little things can be indicative of a restaurant’s standards. I was sketched out by the pickled ginger. I only tried a small piece.
TIP ABOUT MENUS!
A huge one is the menu; lengthy menus demand a lot of ingredients and prep to be done and turnover takes long. Restaurants with shorter and more concentrated menus tend to have fresher ingredients on-hand = easier to maintain quality.
You can find good res pics of their menus here ---->
|Old pickled ginger: The relatively dark/deep striations are not a good sign. Neither is the lack of malleability of the slices.|
But without the super old pickled ginger, the rolls were not that bad. The tuna was actually quite fresh! (a pleasant, and quickly welcomed surprise! :D). The avocado in the California roll was creamy and just ripe enough. Nice.
Overall, it was a satisfying lunch with just a couple of eek/oh no moments haha
|Pretty presentation: California roll on the left, Salmon Roll on the right. More sesame seeds please!!|
|You can put a price on "full" : $6.77|
Verdict: There are many other cheap sushi restaurants out there.
Check ‘em out! http://www.sushiworld.ca/
Not gonna lie, their site is pretty legit! Haha
2.5 out of 5 NOMs