On this soggy, gray, and wet day, my mom, my sisters, and I decided we wanted to have all-you-can-eat sushi. I’ve been to Sushi Star (at the corner of College and Spadina, next to the Red Room) about 3 or 4 times in the past and I can say that the food is pretty decent. Decent enough for me to go back for more. Their prices are also very reasonable. So based on my previous experiences, I suggested we go there.
The minute we stepped inside the restaurant our noses were assaulted with the smell of raw sewage. Or possibly an overflowed toilet full of shit and God knows what else. The eager host seated us right next to the door leading to the washrooms downstairs. Very sweet of her, no? We asked to be moved as far away as possible, while at the same time I looked around at the other diners who seemed oblivious to the stench. Maybe they had already gotten used to the smell? I was ready to sit down at a table 10 feet away from our first choice but the look on my mother’s face told me we wouldn’t be staying. When the host asked us if we wanted to sit at the table next to the toilets again, I explained that it smelled really bad but I guess she didn’t understand (or possibly didn’t notice the smell anymore) because she kept saying it was better at that table. I was trying to explain but my mother was already outside, visibly taking huge gulps of fresh air. I quickly left and joined my mom and sisters. Slightly sad, very ravenous, and grateful to have survived the Bog of Eternal Stench, we started to walk down Spadina, hoping to find another sushi joint. We found one directly across from Sushi Star.
Simon Sushi. What can I say? I’m incredibly happy Sushi Star reeked and the smell drove us to Simon Sushi. Take my word for it (and my mother’s and sisters’) this is one sushi restaurant you definitely need to visit. The food was excellent and served promptly. The servers were nice and were constantly refilling our cups with green tea. We gorged. There’s no other way to put it. It isn’t all-you-can-eat but our total bill came to $62 and I think we must have ordered between 10 and 12 plates of sushi (each plate held 6 to 8 pieces of sushi). When the restaurant got busy, our second order was a bit delayed and we were given an extra plate on the house. Amazing.
Oh, totally random. We saw this on our way to the Eaton Centre on College: