Everyday Sushi Bar (formerly Samurai Sushi Bar, formerly Wonder Sushi Land)
4572 W 10th Ave
What’s in a name?
This place became known as Samurai Sushi Bar back in the late-fall, complete with a new exterior signage and menu. My visit to it was based on when it was known as this.
But a few weeks later the same restaurant was re-branded as Everyday Sushi Bar.
Three names within a month, not a good omen I’d say.
The sudden swap made me wonder, was it a copyright issue? After all, this place is trading on that name already in the GVA. I guess you can’t get anymore generic than dumping “everyday” into your title. So perhaps they can avoid any more lawsuits…
Regardless, when I asked the new owners of the then-Samurai Sushi Bar, how they came to get the keys to the palace, she mentioned they bought out the previous proprietors. I’d noticed not much had changed inside the place, though the menu had been revamped, and heavy on the maki (rolls). As she asked if I’d been here before (the previous place), I replied yes and she emphatically told me I’d like the new version better. We’ll see…
With a take away order in mind for some folks that I was dropping by to visit, and who I know their kids like maki, I went against my usual grain and ordered some of their strange creations. Heck, they even had a UBC Roll! As hand-made looking as it was, these color photo and description added sheets of the maki were helpful. Sure must save any server’s time in having to respond to that “what’s in it?” question.
As you can see, some of these massive maki that are so popular with many people in Canada are loaded and doused with Japanese mayonnaise. [Insert shaking head here]. Take this Dragon Roll ($8.95) for example, its topped messily with tobiko (flying fish roe) to boot! Difficult to eat, dropping all over the place especially when poorly put together, I don’t see the appeal of things like this. Too big to fit into your mouth in one bite and even if you do, you leave no room to breathe and appreciate the flavor.
Next up, the House Roll ($10.50). Again, “imitation” is the key word, just look at what encompassed the majority of the filler here. The Negiroro Maki ($2.50) on the right was the only sign of normality, and even still, was not very tasty I must sadly report.
Given that I’d previously gotten nigiri at Wonder Sushi Land, I figured I had to get some here for comparison’s sake. Not bad looking you’re probably saying, and that’s true. Generous cuts as well. Unfortunately what lost me was the sushi rice contained underneath, which was an issue with the above maki as well. It was missing that fine balance of the rice vinegar, almost to the point where it could have been completely forgotten. And the texture of the rice was much too soft. Honestly, I can’t believe I’m saying this but I preferred the Wonder Sushi Land variety over this.
Bargain-priced sushi on the far west side, not something that’s strong on the quality, but undoubtedly popular with the kids on campus…