I’m literally the only person I know who doesn’t like sushi. I just don’t understand its appeal. What is so tasty about raw, flavourless pieces of fish being put on some cold, vinegar-flavoured rice? The only sushi that I used to like were California rolls (and its various different iterations), primarily because these rolls at least had avocadoes and mayonnaise that provided a nice creaminess. Then I discovered that I was allergic to avocadoes – the reason why I always seem to get sick whenever I go to a Japanese restaurant with my sushi-loving friends – so I’ve stopped eating sushi all together. My mom however, like the rest of the population that’s not me, loves sushi. Being a walking stereotype of a cheap Asian however, she never buys any sushi herself or eat out (the last time she went to a restaurant was for my birthday 2 years ago, and she literally spent the entire time going on a tirade about how we were being ripped off; the experience taught me never to eat out with her again). So, for this Christmas, I decided to treat her to some sushi. Of course, there weren’t too many restaurants open during the holidays, so the pickings were a bit slim. I ended up settling on Sushi Oyama. I ordered the Tuna and Salmon Sashimi, Aburi Grand Slam, Black Dragon Roll and Rainbow Roll via Skipthedishes, which delivered my order to me.
Please note: all the ratings below are “second hand” – I did not actually try any of the food myself, but based everything from the feedback and comments from my mom.
Aburi Grand Slam (Salmon, Tai, Ebi, Hamachi, $8.90):
This was probably my mom’s least favourite of the bunch. She found it to be too plain, and lacking in all the creaminess and flavours lent by the avocado and sauces that were in the rolls. The fish was fresh however, and the rice was well cooked. My mom didn’t really care for aburi-style sushi.
Tuna and Salmon Sashimi ($11.40):
The fish was quite fresh and had a good texture without any off flavours. Like the aburi though, my mom also thought that the sashimi was a bit too plain compared to the rolls. It was good, but not too memorable.
Black Dragon Roll ($12.50):
Crab, avocado, cucumber, eel on top, masago, tobiko, bonito, mayo. This was my mom’s favourite. She thought that it was very creamy from the avocado and the mayonnaise. It was also very “xian” (for those of you who don’t know, that’s the Chinese word for “umami”) from the seafood and also had a nice bit of sweetness from the sauces. She polished this roll off very quickly (she’s not into the whole “save the best for last” thing).
Rainbow Roll ($11.70):
Tamago, tuna, salmon, tai, tako, evi, avocado, wasabi mayo. This was my mom’s second favourite. She didn’t find it as creamy as the black dragon roll, but still delicious and again, very xian.
Based off of the feedback that I got from my mom, it seems that the quality of food from Sushi Oyama is more than decent. Their rolls were the standouts – my mom polished both of them off within a few minutes (taking into consideration that she’s been suffering from digestive problems for the past year and still can’t eat all that much, it’s not hard to see where I get my massive appetite from). Personally, I did find their prices to be a tad bit on the high end (of course, I did not let my mom see the bill – I’ll never be able to hear the end of it otherwise). I do really like the extensive and creative variety of offerings on their menu, and I will likely be ordering from them again on special occasions for my mom.