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Nigiriya Sushi-to-go: A brief first review


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Nigiriya Sushi-to-go: A brief first review

Charles Yu | Oct 19, 2013 04:37 PM

With dismal rain spoiling my Saturday, I was in no mood to cook or eat out. As such, I decided to go the take-out route. Noticing an article on this Leaside take out joint featuring a chef who is a wizard with the blowtorch, I opted to kill two birds with one stone by grabbing some pastries from Rahier and Sushi from Nigiriya.

In addition to the take-out option, this micro size place also features about 4-5 tables for dine-in customers.

I selected the 35 pcs, $47 Chef's Choice Platter. Choices offered included, Tuna, Salmon, Ebi Sushi. Rolls of Baked scallop w/truffle salt, Yuzu pepper Salmon, Garlic Butterfish, Crunchy shrimp tempura, House California.

Trying to strike up a conversation with the owner/sushi chef whilst waiting for him to work his magic, I was surprised to find out that he is Korean and that his mentor and previous Japanese owner Ouchi san had recently sold the business to him! Time for Toronto Life to update its article in the dine-out section!!

Overall, this place is no Mikado!! Menu is way too small and limited, featuring only Sushi and Rolls. Apart from Miso soup and Gyoza, no hot food is offered.

Now to the food. LOVED the ginger dressing that goes with the house salad! Nicely seasoned, slightly sweet and not too tart, this is one of the best tasting Japanese salad dressing in town! Should have bought a container from them!

The shari /sushi rice was well cooked and nicely dressed. Raw Neta component of fish and seafood was acceptable but not as pristine fresh as say Zen, Michi, or Aoyama in the same 'Scarborough' vicinity. As for the Rolls, IMO, the exotic description of the various offerings sounded better than the actual taste. Once again, the write-up in Toronto Life was way overboard and exaggerated! May be the student is not as good as the teacher?!

Foodwise, Good?.... A borderline Yes but overpriced?!. But good enough for me to go back? Well....No!

Once again, the search for good sushi continues!!

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