Its past ten-thirty pm, and you still haven't had any to eat since the noon hour. But you promised to pick up some friends returning on a flight to Vancouver in an hour. Do you satisfy your hunger pains and grab a meal someplace nearby (eg. Richmond) or tough it out?
I chose the former, and drove down the No.3 road looking for something light (not wanting to stuff myself before I grab some ZZZ's), and figured sushi would be a good option here (knowing full well I was risking it, but wasn't in the mood for some oily Chinese food).
Spotted a place called "Ebisu", looked nice from outside and the parking lot was full, and the open sign was still lit up. Walked to the door, oops they close at 11 pm, no good. Maybe next time... (though reading some online reviews and blogs about it, doesn't sound like its worth trying out).
Further down I spot another place that looks like its still open. Name on the sign says "Aji Taro". Again, full parking lot. Apparently open, and when I step inside and ask how late, they tell me to the early hours of the morning. Perfect I think, gives me time to eat and then drive to the arrivals area.
Sit down, order some simple sushi combo to speed things up and not end up ordering too much (as I tend to do by the piece). Wow, big mistake. The toppings, all so thinly sliced, I thought the person who prepared it was thinking shabu-shabu in their head. The rice, terribly overpowered by the vinegar used, and the rice itself was way overdone and mushy as could be. Two pieces in and I knew I would have been better off starving myself that night...
But it puzzled me, the place was virtually full. People, mostly a younger crowd, of various ethnicities, all apparently enjoying themselves. Now was it the fact that this place was open later than similar restaurants in the area, the AYCE offering or just plain bad taste buds? I'm thinking its a combo of all of them, as that's the only reason I could see for explaining the busy crowd in this place serving up some pathetic version of sushi.