Sherman's Food Adventures: Victoria Sushi

Victoria Sushi

It's been a long time since I last visit the hidden Victoria Sushi.  How long?  Try 6 years!  We can extrapolate one thing from this though - there is a reason it has survived for that long despite its location.  Since we were in the area, I thought it would be a good time to find out what was going on.  I remember the last time was okay, but not exactly memorable.  I guess another reason for revisit was all the Instagram posts of their aburi salmon oshi.  Yes, apparently tasty pictures on IG do have an influence!

So let's get right to it...  In addition to the Aburi Salmon Oshi, we had a Dynamite and House Roll as well as 2 Tamago for my son.  I thought the oshi was quite good with medium-soft and chewy rice, buttery salmon and a nicely torched balanced sauce.  Even the jalapeno was sliced thin enough.  Could this give Miku a run for its money?  For me, I still prefer Miku, but could it be only psychological?  Hard to say.  The other 2 rolls were a bit haphazardly prepared, but stayed together and featured the same chewy moist rice.  We liked how there was a good rice-to-ingredient ratio.

Onto my daughter's favourite, the Assorted Sashimi was appealing in preparation and appearance. As you can clearly see in the picture, colours were vibrant and the sheen was evident.  Texturally, I though the salmon and tuna were on point.  The hamachi was average though being more bouncy rather than buttery.  Next, we got the Assorted Tempura which was aggressively battered.  As such, the exterior was firmly crunchy while fading to an airier interior.  I found the ebi to be buttery and lightly meaty while the veggies were cooked through but not mushy.

For some reason, my son is on a Teriyaki Chicken kick, so we had to get an order for him.  This was loaded with a tonne of tender seared chicken that was only conservatively sauced.  I've never been a big fan of too many veggies in a don, but the amount of been sprouts wasn't excessive and neither was the moisture content as the rice remained chewy.  Our last item was the Chicken Karaage and it was a dud.  I appreciated the large pieces of boneless chicken, but it was so overdone that the meat was dry and chewy.  The skin was nicely rendered and crispy as a result though.  I also thought there was a lack of seasoning too.  Despite this dish, the food in general at Victoria Sushi was good, especially for the price.  A hidden gem figuratively and literally.

The Good:
- Above-average eats
- Nice people
- Decent portions

The Bad:
- Seating is a bite strange
- Due to limited staff, requests may not be fulfilled quickly