Sushi on Bloor
There are a lot of Sushi joints around Bloor and Bathurst and Sushi on Bloor is one of the most famous ones. Our friends invited us for a dinner and we did not regret spending an evening there.
From the outside there was not much to talk about – many over-the-top large signs visually screaming, white with red letters and some accent black. We found a depiction of Sushi Roll inside one of the letters a bit on the cheesy side. Overall, the typeface used in the logo was of a more transitional style - poor blend of a classy 18th century font with a stencil execution.
There was an obvious lineup and, even though we had a reservation, we had to wait to be seated for about 10 minutes. It is Sushi on Bloor’s new location and still not very accommodating to swarming waiting patrons inevitably blocking the passageway.
SWIRL & NOSE
Walking to our table near to the counter, we noticed that walls were filled with randomly taped notes. General noisiness and greasy marks on the drawers created a marketplace atmosphere further enhanced by the heavy use of wood. A glass Japanese painting was the main artwork piece, but an array of awards lining the walls was focusing our attention. These recognitions were especially noticeable on the bland grey wallpaper behind. We promptly ordered California Roll, Spicy Salmon, Sushi Pizza with Salmon, Philadelphia Roll and their popular Crunchy Roll.
ur waitress was brief, not too interested in talking, but quite efficient. We felt a bit of annoyance coming from her at our additional questions and requests, but nothing to formally complain about. It took only ten minutes to get our rolls, just in time we finished with the complementary Miso Soup - which was actually not cheaply prepared, for a free item. One thing Sushi on Bloor is famous for is the freshness and we were not disappointed. While the fish is fresh in most Sushi restaurants we go to, some of the finer details are usually amiss. In particular, cucumbers are often soggy. Sushi on Bloor was on top of their game here – top notch fish, rice and veggies in perfectly crafted rolls made us salivate even just looking at our plates.
We should note that the Sushi Pizza with Salmon included sticky rice fried in a patty shape and topped with a few smoked salmon slices folded like a flower, and decorated with onion and sesame seeds. There was a bit of mayo to add some interest and flavor as well as a bit of tobiko. The dish was definitely well presented, but it was very rice dominant and heavy. As for the naming "pizza", definitely didn't have to do with dough or tomato sauce or cheese. Note that there are plenty of curious menu items worth trying - University Roll, Rock and Roll, Casa Loma and Sky Zone Rolls. They had fun with their menu.
We had an awesome Sushi dinner in downtown at a reasonable price point and fast service. Even though Sushi on Bloor is in a new location for not that long, it felt not well maintained. By the end of our meal, all of our minor grievances seemed a bit less concerning. Food is the king at Sushi on Bloor, not interior nor service, from our experience.