I generally have mixed feelings when it comes to my birthday dinner with the family. On one hand, I get to sample a variety of dishes without having to pay a single penny! On the other hand, they don’t have the same enthusiasm as I do when it comes to taking a lasting memory of the food that we’re eating. So, I have to quickly snap a photo and grant them the permission to eat while they watch the food like vultures! But all in all, it was a nice birthday dinner and I was pretty satisfied with the food :)
Included with the katsu don, a bowl of miso soup costs $1.25 normally. Nothing spectacular – lacking ingredients inside and it was on the saltier side.
Fresh Oyster ($4.50):
Didn’t get to try one of these, but apparently it was decent and fresh-tasting enough.
Katsu Don ($6.25):
This was a very good deal for the generous portion! The pork cutlet was nicely breaded with a crispy exterior while the inside remained moist and tender. It was very well-seasoned with the flavours of the sauce being noticeable and flavouring the rice underneath without making it wet and mushy. The egg was also soft and silky, yum!
Agedashi Tofu ($3.50):
The agedashi tofu tasted exactly like my expectations based on its appearance. Which is… not that pretty. The tofu that was used was not silky enough, resulting in a texture that was too rough and hindered the taste. There was quite a strong taste of oil and batter was a bit gummy so I would skip on this next time.
Sushi Pizza ($8.75):
I’ll admit, this was the only reason why I chose to go to Sushiyama because I remembered having this a few years ago! Did I enjoy it as much as I did back then? Yep :) I love the combination of the crispiness from the rice base, creaminess from the imitation crab meat, and butteriness from the fish along with the crunchy texture of masago on top. It tasted like a party in my mouth with all the different textures coming together! Not authentic at all, but still delicious nevertheless.
Prawn Tempura ($8.50):
The prawn tempura had a relatively light batter while the shrimp itself had a good bouncy texture.
Yam Tempura ($4.50):
Once again, the batter was light and not too oily. This seemed to be a better deal compared to the prawn tempura!
Sake Sashimi ($8.50):
The salmon sashimi was presented quite nicely with some garnishes to fancy up the dish. The cut of the fish was very interesting though – almost like a fan shape. Tastewise, it seemed to be lacking some flavour but the texture was firm and buttery.
Caterpillar Roll ($7.00):
Cucumber, avocado, mayo, crab meat, unagi. This is the green roll at the bottom of the picture. I liked this roll a lot as there were plenty of slices of fresh and creamy avocado. It does kind of look like a caterpillar!
Salifornia Roll ($6.00):
Deep-fried roll consisting of salmon, cucumber, avocado, crab meat, mayo. This is the roll on the left of the picture. Out of all the specialty rolls that I tried, this was my favourite. The cooked salmon was extremely tender and went well with the other components. The crispiness of the roll from being deep-fried brought everything together.
King’s Gate Roll ($7.00):
Prawn tempura, cucumber, avocado, crab meat, masago, lettuce, scallop, mayo. This is the roll at the bottom of the picture. It tasted fine, but I probably wouldn’t order this again. It wasn’t memorable and although each of the individual components tasted okay on its own, it didn’t really come together as a roll for me.
Dragon Roll ($7.00):
Cream cheese, avocado, salmon, unagi. This is the roll at the centre of the picture. I personally love dragon rolls so of course, I enjoyed this roll. All of the components were delicious and I didn’t mind the cream cheese because it was only a small portion.
Red Dragon Roll ($7.50):
Unagi tempura, cream cheese, avocado, salmon. This is the roll on the left of the picture. First of all, I didn’t understand why the roll was so small when it arrived! It was a bit underwhelming and even though it was decent tastewise, I would choose the dragon roll over this.
California Roll ($3.25):
With the more basic rolls, they served as fillers since they didn’t taste remarkably delicious but were decent enough. I appreciated that the avocado was very fresh in the california roll.
Dynamite Roll ($4.00):
The dynamite roll was acceptable but I have had better elsewhere.
Party C ($23):
Consists of 6 pieces of salmon maki, tuna maki, and kappa maki along with a california roll, dynamite roll, philadelphia roll, and yam roll. The salmon maki was pretty good with fresh salmon. The tuna maki was a little bit fishy-tasting but still decent. The kappa maki was good. The california roll and dynamite roll were the same as above. The philadelphia roll is good for those who like cream cheese in their rolls but I found it a bit too overwhelming. And you’re probably wondering, where is the yam roll? Well…
They somehow managed to send out the tray without the yam roll! I don’t know how that happened because there’s a big empty spot where the roll should have been… But they did send out the yam roll a few minutes later on its own so it’s all good! The roll was very filling with a nice sweetness from the yams although I always feel that yam rolls are too dry.
In general, I enjoyed my visit to Sushiyama. There are certain dishes that I can’t wait to eat again and also some that I will definitely skip next time. On a whole, the food was delicious and the prices were very reasonable since everyone was stuffed and the bill ended up being lower than I had expected. However, the service is not the best at times since the servers are running around frantically so it can be difficult to catch their attention during busier hours.