A lot of people have mega love for Mega Sushi. Gargantuan affection for this medium-sized Japanese restaurant on the edge of massive Garry Point Park. My friends Kyle and Sally agreed to join me there for dinner to see if we’d like it a little, or a lot.
We liked it a lot!
It is a very popular restaurant, so I’d suggest making a reso if you can. It’s cozy, with tables and booths nestled into the stylishly-designed space, and servers moving quickly to keep up with the never-ending demand. We ordered ourselves some beer, then set about choosing our food, a difficult task considering we wanted nearly everything on the menu.
We settled on the appetizer sashimi ($5.95), korroke ($5.95), a spicy tuna roll ($3.95), a dynamite roll ($4.95), a blue ocean roll ($13.95), a big boss roll ($13.95), and a bowl of veggie udon soup ($8.95).
The appetizer sashimi was pretty as a picture, and just the right size. A few bites of fresh tuna and ruby red salmon are all I really need – I find massive plates of sashimi to be just too rich. The fish was lovely, arranged over shredded daikon with thin slices of radish, parsley, and a little bouquet of pea shoots. Looking at this, you can understand why people constantly stress how impressive Mega Sushi’s presentation is.
These korroke were our other appetizer. They’re croquettes, a dish introduced to Japan about a century ago. The mashed potato and vegetable filling was covered in bread crumbs and deep-fried to a perfectly crisp, golden brown. The round, flat patties were cut in half, and I loved these well-seasoned, crunchy little half-moons.
We ordered a veggie udon soup was in tribute to the cold weather. The broth was excellent, as were the rest of the simple ingredients in the bowl – udon noodles, shredded carrot, cabbage, broccoli, a nest of sliced nori, and a few spiraled fish cakes (be sure to ask them to leave these out if you’re vegetarian).
Now, onto the rolls! The spicy tuna roll and dynamite roll came together, and the tuna was particularly great. It came drizzled with two types of spicy sauce, and were addictive, hot little bites.
The dynamite roll was fresh and the sushi rice was high quality, but I don’t think I’d order it again.
The show-stoppers were the Blue Ocean roll and the Big Boss roll. The Blue Ocean roll had avocado, three types of sashimi, and more chunks of fish on either end.
The rice was wrapped in yellow soy paper, and the overall impression was of pure, clean, creamy flavour.
The Big Boss roll won top prize, though no one should be surprised with a name like that. Their sushi chef prepared this thing like an absolute boss. It had prawn tempura, torched tuna, crab meat, cucumber, radish sprout, crispy shredded yam, and various sauces.
Yes, all those ingredients sound great, but the ones that made this dish were the crispy yam and spicy mayo. The thread-like yams added sweet flavour and texture, and made the roll look like some sort of wild creature. From now on, whenever I order a special roll, I’ll think “Hmmm, how disappointing it doesn’t look like a mythical dragon or never-before-seen giant spiked caterpillar.” The spicy mayo added heat, and played off the flavours of everything else wonderfully.
Based on our experience and the other dishes I’ve seen online, Mega Sushi has earned its reputation. The food is very well-executed, thoughtfully-plated, creative, and truly part of the community (Canucks roll, anyone?).
This morning, as I looked through my pictures, I googled each of the rolls. When “Blue Ocean Roll” came up, I was rather tickled that the results overwhelming referred to a poem by Lord Byron. Considering Mega Sushi is next to the ocean, I feel obligated to share it (one stanza, at least):
Roll on, thou deep and dark blue ocean, roll!
Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain;
Man marks the earth with ruin-his control
Stops with the shore;-upon the watery plain
The wrecks are all thy deed, nor doth remain
A shadow of man’s ravage, save his own,
When for a moment, like a drop of rain,
He sinks into thy depths with bubbling groan,
Without a grave, unknell’d, uncoffin’d, and unknown.
I realize it’s a bit of a downer, but hey, we’re all the more cultured now having read it. I shall leave it in. Now go forth to Mega Sushi and order the Blue Ocean, Roll!
Cash and cards accepted
Vegetarian options available