It’s funny because I believe this Japanese restaurant used to be called “Syogun Japanese Cuisine” but it is currently renamed as “Syogun Sushi Bar“. Their website says this new name too. However, on their website, they only advertise that they do “pick up orders only” for sushi. You can call them to order from their menu but the food is only for pick-up. There is nothing that talks about an all-you-can-eat lunch or dinner menu.
However, that’s what my mom and I went there for just recently. We arrived on a Friday around 12:30 p.m. for all-you-can-eat Japanese lunch which was $13.99 per person. Their all-you-can-eat lunch is actually $13.99 for all days of the week. They don’t charge you more on weekends like majority of Japanese all-you-can-eat restaurants. This was very interesting!
Nevertheless, Syogun Sushi Bar is located on Woodbine Avenue near Highway 7 and close to Costco and Skyview Fusion Cuisine. The first time I ate here was several years ago with my friend Marilyn. I remember the all-you-can-eat sushi lunch being one that I really enjoyed! This was my second time returning for lunch.
After we were seated, we browsed the all-you-can-eat lunch menu. They had a good variety and selection of hot and cold appetizers, sushi, house rolls, maki rolls, hand rolls, teppanyaki, tempura, deep fried items, kitchen dishes, and drinks and dessert. There was no paper to write on, but I had a pen in my purse so as we went through the menu, we jotted down the items we wanted and dictated it to the server to take our order.
It didn’t take very long for our food to arrive. At this time, there were also a lot of people arriving for the midday lunch. The restaurant soon went from being half filled to full capacity. It was quite impressive! There were also a lot of patrons from different ethnicities in the restaurant… an odd observation to read, I’m sure, but one that I don’t notice regularly in Japanese restaurants.
We started off with the Asparagus Shrimp appetizer. This was a small cold dish where there was some asparagus stalks, cucumber, and shrimp chunks in a sour dressing. It was a really great dish to start off the meal because it opened up our appetites.
The Wasabi Mussels were amazing!! These mussels were covered in a light wasabi dressing that was perfectly mixed. The mussels themselves were also very soft and tender; it wasn’t chewy at all — that’s a common issue with cooking mussels I find. The light wasabi sauce paired perfectly with the mussels! I highly recommend this!
The Salmon Sushi and White Tuna Sushi were great. There wasn’t too much rice in the sushi and the fish was fresh. The Spicy Salmon Sushi was actually quite spicy which I really appreciated! (I actually ordered the Spicy Salmon Rolls but they gave us these Spicy Salmon Sushi by mistake — the server must have thought we wanted the sushi instead of the rolls.)
The Beef Onion Roll was absolutely delicious! These were thin slices of beef rolled with green onion. The beef was grilled perfectly so that it was still juicy and tender and the bits of green onion between the beef slices made it very flavourful and delicious. This was also a favourite!
The “Octopus Balls” were actually takoyaki balls! These smelled amazing with the takoyaki sauce and flying fish flakes waving from the heat of the balls. These were very well done for an all-you-can-eat restaurant’s standards. The octopus piece inside the ball wasn’t exactly that great, but the rest of the substance of the octopus ball made up for it.
The Deep Fried Imitation Scallop came with Japanese mayo. This one was pretty good and I thought it was fried nicely. My mom commented that the scallop was a bit dry on the inside. I remember having this on my first visit to Syogun years ago and liking it.
The Mango Tango roll was made with crab meat, mango, cucumber, tempura, and mango sauce. This was very delicious because it smelled and tasted of fresh mango. It was great!
(All of the House Rolls came in 4 pieces.)
The Dragon Roll came with crab meat, eel, tobiko, avocado, cucumber, and mayo. This was also really great with the eel and avocado combination. We really appreciated that their rolls didn’t contain too much rice and the size was perfect for one bite too! I like those two elements a lot whenever it comes to sushi rolls! 🙂
We ordered the “Salmon Neck” (but it was really a part of the fin and body). This was actually really well grilled so that the salmon meat was still tender, juicy, and flavourful. This was especially good because sometimes restaurants overcook salmon so that it becomes very dry and coarse. This salmon meat was excellent! 🙂
I ordered Crab Meat Tempura in addition to the usual Shrimp Tempura. Both of these were excellent and so tasty. The tempura batter wasn’t thick at all and tasted light. I also remember having Shrimp Tempura on my first visit to Syogun and really enjoying their light batter. It was nice to see that after so many years, this restaurant has still maintained their quality of food. 🙂
I also ordered a side of Deep Fried Pop Corn Chicken. It arrived with a small squirt of mayo on the side. I like how the pieces of Popcorn Chicken were small and bite-sized. These were pretty good!
By this point, I was getting quite full and felt “heavy”. We ordered two salads to break up the carbs and fried food.
The Seaweed Salad was a small portion that came in a small bowl. This was good!
The Green Salad was made with iceberg lettuce and one cherry tomato with dressing. This was light and definitely helped to break up the itis that I was feeling. (I was also drinking digestive enzymes on the side to help out with the digestion and break down of food too!)
We ordered some more sushi. I tried the Snapper Sushi and it was quite fishy-tasting, but it was still good. The Tamago Sushi was fine.
My mom wanted to try the ramen and udon (I did too), so we ordered the Osaka Ramen and the Spicy Beef Udon. Both bowls were in a small bowl so you wouldn’t have to worry about it being too big of a portion. The Osaka Ramen was made with a semi rich pork bone soup that I really enjoyed. The ramen was not bad and the toppings included corn, crab meat, pork belly, and one of those swirly fish cakes. 😀
The Spicy Beef Udon was actually quite spicy indeed! The raw beef in it was tender. The Udon noodles were delicious! Because the broth was quite spicy though, I didn’t eat more than a few bites. Other than that, I really enjoyed the quality of the udon and beef.
To include more veggies and fiber in our meal, we also ordered a side of Edamame. This came in a surprisingly big portion (most Japanese restaurants give you a small servings of edamame). These were good and we finished all of it easily.
Last but not least, for the hot foods, we ordered the Shrimp Teriyaki. I thought that these would be fully shelled shrimps cooked on a stick over a teppanyaki. However, these turned out to be already shelled shrimps in just teriyaki sauce. I was a bit disappointed with these. However, the taste of the Shrimp Terikayi was pretty good and saucy.
Thus, that was the end of our orders! Next up, we finished with dessert. 😀
We shared the pudding and three types of ice cream. They offered mango, green tea, and black sesame ice cream.
The pudding was mango flavoured and pretty good. It was cute in a small glass container.
I really liked how the one scoop of ice cream was still cold and frozen even when I left it on the table for a few minutes to finish the rest of the hot dishes on the table. It was obvious that they had pre-scooped the ice cream into the small bowls and then refrigerated the entire bowl. This was small on their part because they saved time by not having to scoop out ice cream for every customer that ordered it, and it kept the ice cream really cold while on the table. I really liked this!
Out of the three flavours of ice cream, I liked the black sesame the best. It actually tasted like black sesame! The green tea flavour wasn’t too strong. The mango flavour was good.
Their kitchen closes at 3 p.m. for the all-you-can-eat lunch service and the staff asked all patrons to have their last order by 2:30 p.m. By this point, we were already finished our lunch and ready to leave too. Make sure you check your receipt before you leave because they have already added in the gratuity fee of 13% to the bill.
I really liked how efficient and fast the service was. The servers were all very courteous, respectful, and professional. All of the food that we ordered arrived to our table (no order was missed) in a reasonable amount of time. I took a quick look at online reviews after my visit and noticed that some people complained about the service. I actually really thought their service was more than decent and appreciated how the male server was so courteous and respectful to all the customers. It was a good experience and meal at Syogun Sushi Bar!
Have you been to Syogun Sushi Bar before? What was your experience like? 🙂