Sushi2Go - review (not sushi)
The other day I came across this place near Queen and Spadina, which had a 'GRAND OPENING' sign, and I thought to myself, why not try a new place?
Overall the place was alright though I did not have sushi. The menu had half Japanese items and half Korean items (they also had a separate menu for their 'funky' rolls), so I assumed the place was Korean owned, and ordered a hwe dup bap, assuming most Korean people would do better in cooking Korean food than Japanese, just as would Japanese people in Japanese food than in Korean.
Here's my review:
Tea - served hot the way I like. I detest restaurants that serve lukewarm to warm tea.
Salad - the usual iceberg lettuce and whatnot, with a too-sweet dressing. Okay but not superb.
Misoshiru - okay, but the diced tofu was so small (like 3mm) and I barely found 2 of them in the soup.
Hwe dup bap (raw fish and vegetables on rice) - served with the rice already in the bowl, the sauce served in a kobachi-type dish, and with renge rather than a metal spoon. I like my rice served separately, so that I can mix in 3/4 and leave 1/4 aside, but oh well. I also would have liked more sauce, but maybe you can ask for extra serving (and maybe because this place was a sushi place and they were not serving banchans like kimchi I felt I needed more hotness)
The fish they used (3-4 kinds, I think... tuna, salmon, skatewing, and maybe one other item... can't remember) were nice and fresh, except the tuna. Tuna was just okay and smelled slightly old (like a couple of hours old, not a couple of days old), but I've had them worse in some other restaurants in the past, so I say this is acceptable. They used a heaping spoonful of tobiko, which was nice. Some places just use a 'pinch' of them.
They used shredded beets which added a nice dark-red colour. I prefer this to the red cabbage that some places use, in terms of texture and taste.
The restaurant was bright and clean, and the staff and the chef were all nice and cheerful.
One thing about the washroom though - there was a small step of maybe 2 inches around the entrance to the washroom that I almost tripped and fell (no I didn't drink... they didn't have any alcohol)
I wouldn't make a special trip for it but wouldn't mind stopping by again when I am in the area. It is nice to be able to stuff yourself with raw fish and veggies for under $20 ($14.95 before tax and tip, if I remember correctly), without traveling all the way to Korea Town or North York.
Oops I forgot to add - I would like to know if others have tried this place, and what they thought, especially of sushi. I found the rice in my dish cooked nice and firm, which is good because in my dish the rice is meant to be mixed with the sauce, so that it does not become soggy and mushy halfway through the meal.
I liked their rice in the hwe dup bap but have not tried the sushi, so I do not know how their sumeshi (vinegared rice) is.