After attending the grand opening party of Ebisu on Queen two weeks or so ago, I returned to the restaurant to actually try out their food on a regular weeknight. I had received a $20 gift voucher from them at the grand opening party and intended to use it towards my visit. Thus, Anh and I arrived here at around 5:30 p.m. on a Thursday night to check out their dinner service.
Ebisu on Queen replaces the former defunct Sushi Queen and serves Japanese food of sushi rolls, sashimi, ramen, and tapas too. Their grand opening party was that of much fanfare and I wrote about their origin extensively in my previous blog post (you can click here to read it). That level of fanfare did overhype my expectation of this restaurant since there was a lot of hoopla that day.
For our dinner, we ordered three things to share. The service was fine (since it was Halloween weekend, all of the staff were dressed up in various costumes) and there was free wifi in the restaurant too.
The Takowasa was decent. The wasabi marinated raw octopus was just spicy enough and I used the nori to wrap it up to eat.
The Saffron Cream Mussels were served in a pot reminiscent of the ones served in Belgium — mussels and frites. It came with some sliced baguettes. I really liked the saffron cream soup that the mussels sat in. It was tasty and the mussels were fresh! I wished that there was more mussels in the little pot actually.
I definitely had to order one of their Signature Rolls, the Ebisu Roll. It had eel tempura, salmon, tuna, avocado, mango, and cream cheese. It wasn’t until this roll was served to our table that we realized that it was going to be blow torched and torched right at our table too! We made sure that our cameras were ready to catch this live.
When it came to eating it though, the Ebisu Roll wasn’t too particularly delicious or notable. It was a big piece of sushi roll since there was so much in it and I had to make sure that I didn’t drop anything when picking the sushi roll up.
It contained eel tempura, salmon, tuna, avocado, mango, and cream cheese. Other than the cream cheese and the salmon, I couldn’t really distinguish the rest of the ingredients in the roll. Either the other ingredients weren’t fresh enough to bring out each individual taste or that there was just too much going on in this roll. I did enjoy and loved watching it being blow-torched though!
It was a really quick dinner before we headed off to the Networking & Photography workshop down the street. The food that we ordered this time at Ebisu didn’t impress me at all; it was just regular Japanese food for me.
Also, even though we had the $20 gift voucher, we still had to pay $15 on top of it to cover our full bill. In my opinion, that was quite a pricey dinner to pay for just three items (of course, it depends on which three items you order, but still).
If you have been to Ebisu on Queen, I’d love to hear about your experience! Comment below. 🙂