A bit of history may help with understanding where my review is coming from. When Sushi Town first opened around 6 years ago, there were long line ups for enormous portions for cheap prices. Specifically their salmon nigiri, which the thick-cut salmon was twice as long as the ball of rice underneath. Then quality started going downhill; student servers who were not interested in being helpful and poorly made food. It is unacceptable to serve burnt fried chicken wings or nearly spoiled sashimi. That is when I stopped going to Sushi Town and went to Sushi California instead for cheap sushi. Since Sushi Town's Grand Opening, I assume there have been quite a few changes in owner. Presently, the owner has invested what seems like a good amount of money on changing the interior of the restaurant to amp up the atmosphere.
|Sushi Town Interior Design|
Being used to brightly lit Chinese restaurants, my family usually doesn't enjoy dark restaurants (like The Keg). However, the lighting at Sushi Town is dark but you can still see very clearly at the table due to the great little lamp hanging from the ceiling. The darker lighting adds a bit of 'Downtown feel' to make it more 'high class'. Chairs (more like sofas) are very comfy, especially since they're still spanking new. There are a variety of tables for different numbers of people; smaller ones for two, plenty of tables that seat four, and some semi-circles to fit slightly larger groups. There are also little 'branches' stuck next to tables to hang coats, which will be much appreciated when the colder weather arrives again. Nicely done! Now let's see if the food matches up to the ambiance...
|Awesome Roll ($6.95)|
The "Clumsy One" always raves about the awesome roll. She was one of the few people I knew that still went to Sushi Town during their not-so-great era. It is one of Sushi Town's specialty rolls. It is a very reasonable price for a fancy roll as I've seen some sold for $12! It's still the same ingredients... The Awesome roll is a California roll (fake crab meat + avocado centre) topped with a chunk of salmon sashimi, masago (fish roe), bonitio flakes (dried fish), green onion bits, Japanese mayonnaise, and a sweet brown sauce (teriyaki?). We all really enjoyed this roll. No need for extra soy sauce since there is already tons of flavours going on. The only downside is the salmon sashimi is mushy and probably not the freshest.
|Mangodise Roll ($4.95)|
|Dragon Roll ($5.50)|
|Alaska Roll ($3.95) & California Roll ($2.95)|
|Tempura Udon ($5.95)|
Finally, my brother's other 'usual' is tempura udon. Again I didn't try any of this but my mom commented that the tempura batter was too thick for her liking. But the pieces were large, especially the shrimp, which was really long.
Another important aspect that has improved this visit is the service. The waiters and waitresses still look young but they are much more professional and efficient. Tea was periodically served without us asking for it and someone would come right away if we waved our hand. Dishes and tea were brought to the table with the menus right as we were seated. And once the waiter took our order, he brought over extra bowls, spoons, seasoning, and tempura soy sauce, knowing it is what we need for what we ordered. Service has gone from poor to very good!
In conclusion, food is standard but acceptable while ambiance and service is very good. I mean, sushi isn't that hard to do well. When avocado is in season (summer time), rolls will be stuffed until almost exploding! Avoid the salmon sashimi as it is no good here. Prices are decent and affordable, making it student-budget-friendly~ Hopefully the word will spread and Sushi Town will slowly get more customers again. Sushi Town hasn't instantly become my favourite sushi restaurant but I have put Sushi Town on my 'okay to visit' list. My family will potentially make another visit in the future when we're craving sushi that isn't too far away.
Love from Coconut Crumpet's Corner ♡