Address: Cartier Place, 181 E 16th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 3B4
There’s always a lineup outside Toshi Sushi. At 5:30 PM, we saw at least six groups waiting for a seat. Fortunately, the staff manages their waiting list very intelligently. Patrons write their name and # of guests on the list, and are then instructed to wait outside. Name will be called when table is ready, and every diner must be present (or else no table for you)! Part of the reason why Toshi Sushi is so packed is that the restaurant itself is very small; approximately six tables only + a sushi bar. Another reason Toshi is so popular is the supposedly great food! As a party of two, we finally got a table after 90 minutes of waiting.
Cold Tofu – $5.95
Fresh firm tofu served with “fixings” – bonito flakes, wasabi, scallions, and garlic. Very light and simple appetizer. Mix the fixings with soy sauce!
Salmon Kama – $8.00
Mm… Grilled salmon cheeks. Tender, well-seasoned, crispy skins, and rich in fish oil. Another great appetizer!
Sushi rolls – Smoked salmon mango roll & ika tobi kyu – $7.95 & $4.95
Top row – smoked salmon mango roll. It was an interesting combination. The saltiness of the smoked salmon paired well with the sweetness of the mango. Texture-wise, we would’ve liked more smoked salmon 😛
Bottom row – ika tobi kyu = raw squid + flying fish roe + cucumber. I personally liked this roll better than the other one because it was well-balanced in terms of “ingredient distribution”. The varying textures were also very pleasant (sticky squid, crunchy cucumbers, and soft rice).
Nigiri Combo – $15.95
From left to right: egg, tuna, yellow tail, mackerel, salmon, squid, shrimp, sea bream, surf clam, and raw shrimp. The chef truly showcased their skills in this one. Every piece of sushi was delicately made, judging by their temperature and firmness. In short, every piece of delicious!
Grilled Eggplant – $6.95
Specialty at Toshi Sushi! How can we tell? Almost every table ordered one. The egg plant was sliced in half, and glazed with some kind of sweet sauce. It was later grilled until it was caramelized on the outside, and gooey on the inside. So simple, yet so tasty.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Given the wait time, the food wasn’t mind-blowing or extraordinarily good, but still a tier above regular sushi places in Vancouver. Try at least once!