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Sushi Bong, a cheap and cheerful joint

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Sushi Bong, a cheap and cheerful joint

Curtis | Jun 17, 2005 12:30 AM

looking at previous posts and other varied opinions on Sushi Bong, my friend and I decided to go check it out. By the end of the meal, I was wondering the same thing as another poster: by what miracle are they making much of a profit???

We had three items that night, the tempura (ten pieces of shrimp!!!!), the spicy salmon roll and the spider roll.

The tempura didn't come with the preferred kind of batter, and instead used one that was more bready in texture, but it's hard to be that disappointed when it comes piping hot and at such a low price. However, despite the number of shrimp I did feel myself craving a few vegetables in the mix. Both rolls were huge and just one could make a more than adequate light meal.

Sushi Rice: Lacked the delicate flavour of truly excellent sushi rice. Due to high demand, it seemed like we got the just cooled rice, as it still seemed warm to the taste. However, the rice texture was good.

Fish: We only had the salmon and soft shell crab, but they were both decent 2nd tier quality fish. The soft shell crab seemed a little eggy for my taste (probably due to the batter). I snuck a peek at the salmon the chef was deftly slicing up at the counter and it looked pretty promising.

The Nori: The nori didn't seem to resist the bite, which was a good sign.

The wasabi and ginger: The wasabi packed a surprising amount of punch and tasted different from the usual powdered stuff. The ginger was also decent, not tasting waterlogged and not too harsh.

Final verdict. My friend really enjoyed her experience at Sushi Bong, and I thought it was decent, considering the price point. Both of us preferred the more flaky tempura batter over the one offered here and wouldn't order that again, although the rolls were to our general liking, especially at those prices.

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