A couple colleagues of mine were craving good sushi - we work dwtn and it was suggested to me, that fellow chow's had been recommending Hiro Sushi on King, east of Jarvis. I told my one colleague that I had not heard of Hiro Sushi, and that since I took clients often to Takesushi on Front, and that it was consistently fresh and delicious, reasonably priced, close to our office (it was raining last night) and the service was flawless, that we go there. I was overruled and together the three of us ventured off to Hiro Sushi (walking in the rain no less!).
Thus the story begins. We were walking along King and not knowing the number of Hiro Sushi, I stopped thinking we had found it and went in to this very cool place. It was busy, dark and very 'hip'. We were told that dinner was not served until 6 but that we could sit and have a drink.. how cool. We sat, ordered a drink and were served by very fashionable folk. A menu appeared and the top said 'Kultura'.. opps.. we were in the wrong place! Oh well, we'd all heard of Kultura and thought what the heck.. we are here, let's stay. But alas, sushi was on the minds of two and we finished our drinks all in agreement to return to this very neat Kultura for dinner and drinks in the near future.
Moving right along, we ended up next door at our original destination, Hiro Sushi. We walked in and there was a unique odour. Not sure what it was, but the place felt like a college students room in a basement of an old house. It was an 'odd' place indeed. Dark. Dreary. Dated. The friendly waitress/hostess sat us down and the place was rather dead.. two other tables and one person at the sushi bar. We were then reading over the menus and offered a drink. I ordered Pellegrino, and my collegues green tea and water. The green tea arrived, and the water never surfaced. The Pellegrino bottle was child sized and 3 bucks no less. We looked in semi shock at the menu prices and thought, wow, this must be good sushi. Or at least, it had better be. My buddies ordered $30 each plates of chef's assorted sushi. We had tempura ($15) and Tempura Figs ($9). I had a salad ($6) and Miso ($3). We also were charged ($3) for an extra very small bowl of ginger. (yes, we were charged for this.. hillarious). Allow me to continue. The tempura arrived - it was completely tasteless/flavourless. The portion was ridiculously small ($15!!!) and there were 3 shrimps, a couple of vegetables and much disappointment. There was NO soy sauce on the table, nor did any arrive until asked. Whatever we dunked the tasteless tempura into, it too was watery and had absolutley NO flavour. The miso soup then arrived, cold. Yes, cold. I have never had miso soup served cold. I was hungry and drank my miso juice. Two miniature pieces of seaweed and two chicklet gum size pieces of tofu.. yum (not). Move on to my salad, a portion of 'old' and very 'tired' lettuce.. mixed greens from a bag, unwashed and the size of the bottom of a tea cup.. a round, tiny hump of nothingness. Dressing was edible, but again, a complete disappointment. The water still has not arrived, no tea refills and one english speaking (and rather attractive) waitress who appeared to be running the show on her own. I had ordered california rolls and as I had said previously, my colleagues the $30 chef mixed creation. The creation's arrived. $30 bucks each.. that's a lot of dough. Appeared before them was a regular sized dinner plate, they said the fish seemed fresh (how can one eat / serve sushi that isn't extraordinarly fresh?? (I guess no smell is good) and there was no ginger, and no wasabi to be found. No soya sauce either. We asked for soya and wasabi and ginger. They all arrived in again, miniature quantities. They both dug in and said that the fish was ok, but that it was extremely, almost uncomfortably 'hot'. Why was the sushi so 'hot' I wondered? They continued to eat and then, realized that each piece of rice below the sushi was covered in wasabi!! How strange.. I have never heard nor seen this before. Many people despise wasabi (me included) and we thought this to be very odd. They ate their respective $30 dollar plates in visibile pain and we asked for more ginger.. that was when the $3 mini bowl arrived. The california rolls have not yet arrived. I asked several times and was assured they were coming. My friends finished their sushi as they were not about to leave 30 bucks on the table especially since it was my turn to pay and they were already knowing full well that I was NOT happy about coming to this ridiculous basement to eat. I was fuming. The california rolls arrived, and you guessed it, covered in wasabi. I ate one and returned the plate. Still no water. NO tea refills ($3 bucks a cup no less- what place that serves $30 sushi plates charges for tea?) and boy was I hungry. I paid, $125 including tip (hey, she was cute and it wasn't her fault). Told them how disappointed we were, offered to get her a job at Takesushi and left in disgust. Yet another bad T.O. restaurant and further disappointment for me about this, my city of bad food experiences. We walked back to work, me $125 poorer, said very little to each other and then stopped at Marche for a mediocre caesar salad for me at a cost of $9.10. We then headed home. Friends, for the sake of your health and your pocket book, stay away from this hole called Hiro Sushi. And look for Kathy to be working at Takesushi in the very near future!.
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