The state of Japanese food along the Scott Road corridor is as shaky as Amanda Bynes' career. Actually, the food is pretty erratic with very little to get excited about. One of those uninspiring places used to be Hatto Sushi, but it mercifully closed with Sushi Topia taking its place. Not surprisingly, it is Korean-run (since Japanese-run restaurants are a rarity in the GVRD), but that doesn't necessarily mean it can't be good either. I was about to find out as I visited the place with Peppermint.
With large slices of salmon and tuna, I was afraid that the Assorted Sashimi was going to be awkward to eat. You see, thick pieces are not necessarily better since it compromises the texture of the fish. However, they were fine with the tuna being on the softer side while the salmon was buttery. With that being said, the overly thick tako was hard to chew despite it not being inherently that chewy. Rounding out the selection was tai, hokkigai and flounder. Next up was the Appetizer Tempura which featured 2 ebi and one piece each of the zucchini, sweet potato, yam and golden squash. The batter was light and crispy while not heavy on the grease. We did find the ebi to be on the softer side with little in the way of any texture.
We ended up with one specialty roll being the Dragon Roll. It was large and seemingly prepared carefully. Surprisingly, the sushi rice had a good texture where it was chewy, yet was balanced between being soft and dry. It was not particularly flavourful, but wasn't bland either. The rest of the ingredients were good while the whole thing wasn't oversauced. Lastly, we had the Pork Gyoza and they could've been fried up a bit more crispy. Inside, the filling was a bit heavy on the vegetable. Otherwise, it was okay. In general, the food was a bit better than we expected. Not Earth-shattering by any stretch of the imagination, but decent Japanese food on Scott Road equates to relatively good.
- Friendly people
- Nice refresh of the interior
- Decent eats
- A little pricey
- Food came out a bit slow