We have a confession to make. We’re usually on top of things but we are awful at remembering to use vouchers that we’ve purchased. The concept is simple, some restaurant’s offer you an online voucher for 30$ and you get 50$ worth of food. We bought a voucher online for dinner and between event invitations, cravings to satisfy, things to do and people to see, it expired. So we gave up, we are the only people not benefiting from these damn online vouchers.
So when La Femme Fatale told Diva #1 to buy a voucher for Oishii Sushi, we were weary but we were depending on her and her Monsieur to remind us. And after all, La Femme Fatale was the person who introduced Diva #1 to sushi when she was twelve years old, so she had a credible reputation. Located on Bernard West in Outrement, Oishii Sushi is a small restaurant, with a soothing red and white colour scheme. The restaurant wasn’t packed but we were told that it’s always full on weekends.
We were presented with the menu which was surprisingly big and we were grateful that La Femme Fatale and her Monsieur had been before and could guide us to their favourites. Of course, while La Femme Fatale and her Monsieur were busy choosing a wine, The Divas got overzealous and checked off more boxes than necessary “in case we starve!” This is the true ethnic way, and as the plates arrived, we knew that we had gone overboard.
We started with the seaweed salad with a sesame dressing. A lot of people tend to steer clear of this menu item simply because of the texture. But it is light, fresh and crunchy and perfect as a side order with sushi.
The Divas ordered some of their favourite items. First, the soft shell crab. Deliciously crispy on the outside, the crab was meaty, sweet and perfect with the accompanying ponzu sauce for dipping. We also had the steamed shrimp dumplings. Also delicious, there was plenty of shrimp filling and the bite-sized dumpling was satisfying, though Monsieur only ate the decorative carrots.
Monsieur had the shrimp spring rolls. Served with a spicy sauce, the spring rolls were very crispy and the shrimp was tender. We were all sharing and enjoying the varied appetizers as we awaited the sushi. Interestingly, several of the sushi came with their own specific sauces, and we also had a small teapot on the table filled with soy sauce. Monsieur swore by his favourite which was called the Ninja. It was a maki roll with salmon, mangoes, strawberries and a sweet sauce. Definitely an interesting combination of flavours, we were surprised how well everything worked together. It had a natural sweetness from the fruit and the salmon was fresh and not overpowered by the other flavours. We understood why he ordered a plate just for himself! And then stole pieces from the plate that the rest of us were sharing.
The platter also held the Kamikaze roll, a popular choice amongst sushi aficionados. Fresh and just a little bit spicy, it had some crunch from the tempura. The Ika tempura had also caught our eye since it was made with squid tempura and the lime flavour was very apparent both in taste and aroma. It was a nice combination. The Hamachi sashimi, with its pink hue, was cut thick and very fresh, and the Homard Royal was a combination of lobster, mangoes, strawberries and avocado. Again, the combination of fruit with the fish added to the freshness and enhanced the sweetness of the lobster. We enjoyed the selection and varied tastes.
Our second platter of sushi arrived along with a sushi pizza, which made Diva #1 very excited. Cut into six pieces, there was no use trying to use the chopsticks on this one, it’s pizza after all! The toppings were generous – salmon, crabstick, caviar and green onion. It was really very good and the crispy fried rice base held up under all the toppings. Meanwhile, the Kumo sushi made Diva #2 excited because it was filled with soft shell crab tempura, cucumber, avocado, lettuce and lemon. Presented with the crab legs sticking out of the roll itself, it was crispy, creamy and brightened up with the addition of the lemon.
La Femme Fatale made sure that we ordered the Mikan which was made up of salmon, avocado and orange aioli. The orange flavour was dominant but didn’t hide the salmon flavour and it was not a combination that we had tried before, but it was perfect with the salmon. She also insisted that we try the Thai roll and the Crispy Angel. She was clearly an expert on Oishii Sushi! The Thai roll was served with a curry sauce that had a little hint of spice to it and really added a new flavour to the salmon, it was well balanced with the sweetness of the pineapple.
The Crispy Angel was not something we had seen or tried before. Wrapped in strands of what the Greeks call kataifi dough and deep fried, it created a pseudo-like nest around the sushi roll and definitely added a nice crispy texture to every fresh bite. Filled with salmon, tobiko and coriander, the roll was different, very unexpected, and delicious.
Oishii means delicious in Japanese and we all agreed our dinner was just that. The flavour combinations were different, everything was fresh, the prices are reasonable and we really enjoyed our night. We even decided that from now on, La Femme Fatale and her Monsieur will be in charge of telling us when to buy vouchers so we can have more great dinners with them. And we never let other people make decisions for us!
Our Rating: As Expected
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