Zipang Sushi

Once again, it was time for my monthly haircut. It's funny how my hairdresser asked if I knew when was the last time I came for a haircut. Of course I know! The last time I came for a haircut, I went to Crave right after, it's right on my blog! Haha, the blog doubles as a personal diary as well. How convenient. Since, I was going to be around the Main Street area, I wanted to eat something nearby. Where to eat? There are many options; but some of them are not open for lunch (Grub and Toshi to name a few). Donna Chang was my dining companion today and she suggested Zipang Sushi. Kevin (604Foodtography) had a post about that a little while back. I was thoroughly impressed with his writeup and positive comments regarding the food. Zipang Sushi it is!

As usual, we went for the best table in the house, the one near the window (light for pictures). Actually since it's a really small restaurant, there was only one table by the window. We really had no rhyme or reason to what we ordered, I think we just randomly blurted out things and ended up with a whack of food. We started out with the Wild Salmon and Tuna Sashimi. Actually, I ate this whole dish myself. No, it's not because I'm a pig! But I am eating lots of swine these days... It's because Donna is pregnant and is trying to avoid certain foods. The sashimi was excellent, fresh and delicious. We also ordered the Zipang Salad, not really knowing what it was. It turned out to be a green salad topped by a massive amount of fried noodles with dressing drizzled all over. The salad was fresh, the dressing had good tartness and the noodles added a crunch. However, we thought it was overkill with the amount of noodles.

We really love Takoyaki and with no hesitation we ordered it. The pan-grilled octopus balls were soft and fluffy with a large piece of tako inside. Bonito flakes, mayo and scallions were served in the middle of the serving plate. Another favourite of mine is Ebimayo, I really like the fried crispiness of crunchy shrimp smothered in chili mayo dressing. However, the one here at Zipang was a bit disappointing. The shrimp were not crispy; in fact, they were a bit overcooked. If you look at the picture of it, if I hadn't adjusted the shrimp, you would have never seen it. It wasn't smothered in mayo, it was drowning in it. One positive is that it tasted pretty good. It should've been renamed Mayoebi. Continuing on the theme of drowning in sauce, the Okonomiyaki was truly over-sauced. Although the pancake was fluffy with plenty of pork, all we could taste was the sauce. Donna had scraped some of the sauce off; but it was still overwhelmed by the residual flavour.

We knew the last dish was not going to be saucy since they were 2 sushi rolls. The first was a Caterpillar roll, which consists of unagi, cucumber and avocado on the outside. This was a pretty standard roll, it was good to eat; but it could've been from any other good Japanese restaurant. However, the Cactus roll was more distinctive. Essentially a California roll with crunchy tempura bits inside and toasted sesame seeds outside, there was plenty of crunch in this roll.

Donna and I left Zipang sushi satisfied and stuffed. The restaurant itself is small; but tastefully decorated inside. The service was good and friendly. Moreover, the food was generally quite good. Food tasted as good as it looked. Only complaint is that they were a bit sauce-happy.

The Good:
- Restaurant has got a good feel to it
- Food is fresh and tasty
- Prices are reasonable for the quality

The Bad:
- It could just be me, but they use too much sauce
- Restaurant seating is a bit tight
- Rolls are not very big

Business Hours:
11:30am - 3:00pm, 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Tue - Sun)

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