I was able to catch up with Rosemarie at a Japanese restaurant near the area of Victoria Park and Finch. It was a rainy night and I’m so glad that I got a parking spot right in front of the restaurant so I didn’t have to risk drenching myself in the heavy rain.
Rosemarie had previously been to this restaurant and had high acclaim for the sushi here. I was excited to try it out to say the least.
We made a reservation for 8 p.m., the only timeslot that was available when Rosemarie called the restaurant. Despite having a reservation and showing up on time, we still had to wait at the door for around 5 minutes before the hostess/server acknowledged and had time to seat us. The space inside the restaurant is very small and we had a table that was next to a wall so we still had some privacy.
The sushi selection seems authentic since everything is written in Japanese but the prices are certainly a little higher. We ended up trying the ATC Roll and a Shrimp Tempera with Spicy Salmon Roll for the sushi.
I was not impressed with the presentation. For a restaurant that looked really high end, the sushi hand-craftsmanship was poor. The sushi pieces were practically falling out as I picked it up with my chopsticks and just look at the picture of the sushi; it just looks bad.
The taste of the sushi was so-so. There wasn’t anything memorable about it.
Rosemarie suggested to order the Salmon Teriyaki from the grill, stating that when she tried it last time, it was moist and very good. I trusted her. However, when it arrived, it was a block of cooked salmon that was very, very dry. To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever had such a dry piece of salmon before. It was very difficult to finish since it wasn’t good at all. Even Rosemarie was disappointed and said that it was not like this when she had it before at all. There was also little to none teriyaki sauce on the salmon which made it even more plain to eat.
We also tried the Fried Oysters. These were particularly served to us in two plates; one plate contained whole fried oysters that were hot to the core and the other plate contained half-fried oysters. It was very interesting. The flavour of these were all right. It wasn’t mind-blowing.
To end off the unsatisfying night, we ordered one last thing: Dessert! I’m so glad that we ordered this because it totally redeemed the entire night. They had mango mochi ice cream! This exceeded my expectations. The mochi was unceremoniously cut up into halves which takes out the experience of eating it with the mango ice cream bursting out in your mouth, but the texture of the soft mochi skin was so delectable. I’ve never had such soft mochi skin before! It was amazing.
So, to end off this review, I would say that for the most part, Aoyama Sushi isn’t that amazing. However, I have faith that Rosemarie was speaking the truth and that this was just an off day for the restaurant. There’s no way that this restaurant is always that poor quality if they have so many consistent customers all the time. Last but not least, the mango mochi ice cream definitely redeemed the entire experience! Have you been to this restaurant before? What did you think of it?