Echo Sushi Restaurant - Review
This restaurant just opened recently. It's located on Yonge St., north of Davisville, next to Young Thailand. I went there for lunch today, as their prices are reasonable and they currently have a grand opening special of 15% off. I ordered the sushi appetizer and Nabeyaki udon. While waiting for my food, I entertained myself by reading this Asahi Sushi 411 booklet they had on the tables. Pretty cool and informative for sushi novices. The sushi appetizer consisted of salmon, tuna, tai (white fish), crab, and ebi (shrimp) sushi. I didn't get the crab sushi tho', but hokkigai (surf clam), which I love anyway. I thought their sushi was pretty good. I've come across some iffy tuna and tai sushi before, but the ones I got here were very nice. Unfortunately, I wasn't thrilled at all with the Nabeyaki udon soup. There were only a few bits of seafood - one tempura shrimp, one mussel, couple of pieces of fish cake, and one piece of crab. I found the udon noodles very dense and heavy, didn't even eat half of them! Plus the soup itself was mediocre. I think I'll stick to the hot noodle lunch special from I Zu restaurant.
Overall though, I kinda' like this place. The decor is very subdued, with a few booths and tables for 2, 4, and 6. The lady a couple of tables over had ordered today's special, which was Chicken Hot Pot, and it really did come in a hot pot! You could hear it sizzling too...yum! Next time I go back, I'll try one of their special rolls and a bento box lunch.
I'm surprised that anyone tried to even open a sushi restaurant so close to Sushi Supreme, who is practically right across the street and is so popular in the neighbourhood. I haven't been to Echo before but if someone has been to both Echo and Sushi Supreme I would be interested in knowing a comparison.
Sushi Supreme is run by Chinese owners... so it's not really authentic but the fish is fresh. I think Echo is also Chinese owned... so I expect their food isn't authentic Japanese tasting either (it's so difficult to find authentic Japanese restaurants in Toronto... I've only found like 4 or 5, namely Yamato, Rikishi, some tiny place in Bloor West Village which is right beside the No Frills, Hiro which I've been to but didn't like their sushi at all (when I went it was not very fresh, took forever to make, and presentation was a problem), and one or two others that I can't recall the names of.
And frankly I am scared of certain places such as Sushi on Bloor because both times I went, I got mild food poisoning. I suspect they don't chill their fish properly or something. I don't really know why so many people love this place (probably because it's cheap) but it's some of the worse sushi I've ever had in my life. I know my sushi as I come from Vancouver so I'm not kidding.
re: Frances in Toronto
I've only ordered a couple of things from Sushi Supreme for take out (ie maki, miso soup) so I don't think I can compare the two properly. Eventually I'll go there (Sushi Supreme) for a sit down lunch though. The atmosphere inside is nice. My only beef with them is that they don't take Interact so I'll have to make sure I have enough cash when I go.
Have you ever been to I Zu? They're located on Yonge, just north of Merton. I go there quite often for lunch and the staff are all Japanese. I enjoy their food, and I'm assuming others do too as it's always full at lunch time. However, they're a bit pricier than the other sushi places in the area and their menu is somewhat limited.