There once was a Japanese restaurant named Hibiki. There were several things working against it. First, it was located in the same plaza as #1 Beef Noodle House. Hence, parking was non-existent. Second, turning into the plaza was a challenge. Third and most importantly, the food sucked. Imagine an order of salmon sashimi where the cuts were akin to using a steak knife and merely cutting sections into a fillet. Fast forward to the "new" Hibiki and it didn't survive very long either. Finally, with a name change, things might be looking up for Sushi S.
Gordo, Gadget Girl and I decided to check the place out for ourselves and to our shock, we all got parking in the plaza. Things were indeed looking up... With new decor and more staff, everything looked promising. We started with an order each of the Ebi Sunomono. They were of a good size topped with 2 large ebi. The noodles were still somewhat toothsome while the dressing was sweet with only a modest tartness. Next up was the order of Salmon, Wild Salmon and Tuna Sashimi. Although not masterfully prepared, it was definitely miles ahead of the previous place. In fact, all the fish was pretty decent, especially the tuna as it was somewhat firm and tasted fresh (as fresh as frozen can get).
Continuing on, we got the Gyoza which was fried up a golden brown. And I mean it was pretty fried up, where it soaked up a substantial amount of grease. However, it was crispy on the outside (practically the whole thing, which was not really right) with a moist filling which was a good balance of pork and veggies. Next up was the Black Dragon Roll which consisted of dynamite roll in the middle with unagi, tobiko and avocado on the outside. We liked how there was a minimal amount of rice which was chewy and more than acceptable. The spiciness of the roll was a welcomed as it afforded plenty of flavour.
For our starch, we had the Seafood Udon which was almost like a Nabeyaki Udon, however without the egg. It was full of ingredients which were more or less properly prepared. The noodles were still chewy while the broth was light and mostly sweet. Lastly, we shared the Assorted Tempura which was fried up crispy. The batter wasn't heavy per se, yet it wasn't exactly light either. Didn't really matter though as it was not greasy and ate well. At the end of the meal, we were pretty satisfied with the food. For me, it was substantially better than the former Hibiki. How about that, make better food and people will come. Simple concept eh?
- Decent eats
- Okay service
- Decent portions
- A little pricey
- Parking still sucks