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Let's Talk Sushi!

 
 
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 01:43 pm
@dlowan,
Blows the top of your head off? I've experienced itchy scalp, but never lost my head when eating sushi. LOL
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 03:15 pm
@dlowan,
I like it, in moderation, as one more taste in a rich cuisine.
Diane and I went to a japanese restaurant down the street from the Frick when we were in NYC for some days at the same time. Forget the name of the restaurant (started with T) but it was part of a japanese business grouping, the real thing.
I had some drink (no menu at hand so hard to describe) that was very green and very delicious and.. had a bit of wasabi in it, as well as chocolate.


A side note, I've never been interested in checking out chocolate candies made with chili pepper. And I'm a chilli, chili, chile enthusiast. Making slow cooked pork with chili puya as we speak. I do get that the chili pepper experience is different than wasabi. Maybe why that sort of milkshake drink worked.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 03:16 pm
@dlowan,
Good name for a kitten..
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Finn dAbuzz
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 06:51 pm
I usually order tuna sashimi rather than sushi, because I like larger amounts of it and don't want all the rice. This can be expensive if it's blue fin, but it's worth it. I go light on the soy sauce, very, very light on the wasabi, and skip the ginger. I enjoy ginger and almost all things pickled but I've always had a problem with palate cleansers: They don't ever seem to achieve the intended purpose. If you like to pile ginger on your sushi that's perfectly fine as far as I'm concerned. Eat what you like; like what you eat, but you should avoid it if you are within site of an old school sushi chef, and you don't want to offend.

Usually I skip the rolls because I most often am at a sushi joint with only my wife and she doesn't appreciate the stuff. Since I like variety, I'm going to order a number of nigiri sushi and trying to tackle a whole roll on my own is too much. If the kids join us or friends or family are in town I'll go for one that's got heat. There's a place here called Sushi Zushi that's a sushi joint with a touch of Latin American (primarily limited to use of chiles) They serve a really delicious "Toreado Roll" that is crab, serrano chile and avocado wrapped uramaki style and covered with fried crawfish and spicy mayo.

The best sushi joint that I've found is a placed called "Cowtown Sushi." The product is incredibly fresh and the sushi chefs are artists. From there I'll buy mackerel, because it has to be super fresh. They prepare all the usual nigiri and have a wide variety of artful sashimi presentations. A couple of years ago I added "Tamago" (Sweet Egg) to my usual order. It's delicious and a nice change between fish. Love Unagi (Eel) and Cowtown serves one of my all time favorites that I've never found anywhere else: "The Scorpion" - Fried softshell crawfish in some kind of thick spicy sweet mayo sauce that it out of this world. It's a scary chunk of food, but everyone I've convinced to to try it has loved it.

I've tried urchin and I do not like it.

I don't rub my chopsticks together or plop wasabi in the soy sauce, but I give away the fact that at heart I am a gaijin rube by drinking my saki warm...and clear, none of the milky stuff. Usually drink beer with my sushi but if we're going to drink saki I like it warm and consumed with embarrassing gutteral cries of "banzai!"

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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 06:55 pm
@ossobuco,
Was it "Tanaka's?"
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Lash
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 07:04 pm
@chai2,
I think Jiro has a unique palm sweat oil that makes his sushi magic when he squeezes it in his hand before serving.
roger
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 07:12 pm
@Lash,
Erp!
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 09:28 pm
I forgot to mention the all-Canadian Sushi pizza

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sushi_pizza

Quote:
Sushi pizza is a variant of Japanese sushi served in Canada and the Northeastern US. It uses a slightly crispy yet chewy fried rice patty as the base and is topped with a layer of sliced avocado, a layer of sliced salmon, tuna or crab meat, a drizzle of blended mayonnaise and wasabi powder and is served in wedges. Nori, pickled ginger and roe are sometimes also served as toppings or sides.[1]

The origins of Sushi Pizza are debatable but a Japanese sushi chef at Atami Sushi Restaurant in Montreal, Quebec, claimed in 1992 that she was the inventor of the dish.[2] Due to the popularity and wide availability of the dish in Toronto it has quickly become one of the city's signature dishes, along with the Peameal Bacon Sandwich.


definitely not for purists, but it is tasty and fun (and I love all things crispy)

it's a good entry to sushi for the suspicious

my favourite may be this one from Sushi on Bloor

https://s3.amazonaws.com/Menu_Pic/66e92bb6-0b98-4776-8a08-bc61b53cc617_sushi-pizza.jpg


cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2016 09:36 pm
@ehBeth,
Strange looking. Looks like a small package with ribbons on top.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 25 Mar, 2016 10:38 am
@cicerone imposter,
SUSHI PORN!
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 25 Mar, 2016 12:38 pm
@tsarstepan,
Even the comments are good..

(check out the thread I just started, in this case re Bourdain's fantasy last meal)
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 09:47 am
@ossobuco,
More sushi porn:
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margo
 
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Reply Fri 29 Apr, 2016 03:40 pm
I love sushi and especially sashimi. When I'm at work, in the city, there are a couple of really good places nearby. Yes to wasabi and extra yes to the pickled ginger, which, like Beth, I just eat!

Interestingly, one of the best sushi places I've been to was just around the corner from my hotel in Vancouver. I have no idea of the name. After travelling all day I was tired and wanted something quick and easy. This place was small but quite busy. They were quite happy to seat one person. Apart from some basic stuff, the items on the menu were not familiar. I asked the waiter to suggest something. He picked a couple of items, I nodded vaguely and away he went. He came back with a beer and some food. I have no idea what I ate, either, but the food was fantastic, basically seafood but out of this world on freshness and flavour.

If/when I go back to Vancouver, I'll have to stay at the same hotel, which I do remember, so that I can find that restaurant again. (and Vancouver has some fantastic shoe shops!)
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joannawood1245
 
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Reply Thu 16 Feb, 2017 04:39 am
@tsarstepan,
I like it so much
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