Sunday, January 4, 2015

I Love Sushi

I Love Sushi: a super cute name for a Japanese restaurant located in Downtown, just off Jasper Ave. I first noticed this restaurant two years ago when CJ and I were exploring Beaver Hills House Park located right across from it. Fast forward to the present, I took the opportunity to finally take a visit here for lunch since we happened to be in the area!

The interior.
Decorations on the wall.

The inside of I Love Sushi is quite small but the neat decorations on the walls give the restaurant a cute and cozy vibe. There is also a large window that overlooks the street and the park, so it's perfect for those who like to enjoy the view while they eat (and also great for taking photos with natural lighting!). 

The menu.

I Love Sushi offers the usual Japanese fare at an affordable price: appetizers, donburi and tempura, nigiri, sashimi, temaki, maki rolls, bento boxes, udon, set dinners, and several house specials. The location of this restaurant is also pretty convenient for those who work in Downtown, and it's not hard to get to by public transportation either. 

Our drinks.

Drinks to start off our lunch: CJ got himself Iced Tea ($1.95), June got Green Tea ($1), and I went for their Pineapple Mango Juice ($2.25). I initially wanted to get orange juice, but they didn't have any. However, the juice I got instead was quite refreshing and enjoyable, so no complaints here! 

Our food.

It didn't take too long for our food to come out, and since we were all quite hungry after a long day, I couldn't wait to dig in. June and CJ's food were served on small wooden boards which I thought was very fun and unique. 

Avocado and Shrimp Maki.

For my lunch, I decided on one of their House Specials - the Avocado and Shrimp Maki ($9.95). This dish is a tempura shrimp maki layered with avocado, which are easily two of my favourite things to eat! The avocado layered on top tasted fresh, and the crunch from the tempura shrimp was perfect and satisfying. 

Teriyaki Chicken Maki.

CJ chose their Teriyaki Chicken Maki ($9.25), which is one of the many choices on I Love Sushi's list of Maki Rolls. Instead of 7 pieces like what I got, CJ's dish came with 8. I got to try a piece, but I thought the seaweed was a bit too tough for my liking even though the teriyaki chicken itself was good. CJ seemed to enjoy his food regardless! 

Tiger Maki.

June got herself the Tiger Maki ($10.00), another option under their House Specials. This dish comes with tempura shrimp maki layered with BBQ eel and avocado. There were also some sesame seeds added as a garnish as well. In addition to that, she got two of the nigiri sushi which cost $2.15 each. June seemed to enjoy her food a lot. 

Green Tea Ice Cream.

I've said this before in one of my previous posts, but I'll say it again here. I think Green Tea Ice Cream ($3.75) is the perfect sweet ending after having a lunch of Japanese food! CJ actually wanted to go for the tempura ice cream, but I was hesitant to try it because I didn't really enjoy the one we had at Teriyaki Corner. I did appreciate the two generous scoops of the ice cream we got, and the chocolate sauce drizzle was a nice touch. The ice cream itself was smooth and the flavour was amazing! 

Tempura Fried Green Tea Ice Cream.

June also got a dessert, but she chose the Tempura Fried Green Tea Ice Cream ($5.75) instead. This dessert consists of only one scoop of green tea ice cream with the fried tempura exterior and chocolate sauce drizzle, along with some extra tempura and a Pocky stick on the side. She offered some of her dessert for CJ and I to try, and I Love Sushi's tempura ice cream was significantly better compared to the one from Teriyaki Corner. Not soggy at all, this tempura was light and crispy - the way it should be. I found myself wishing we had ordered the tempura ice cream instead of the plain one! In my opinion, these two desserts were definitely the highlight of the lunch. 

Nya nya nya.

I Love Sushi is a spot that I would want to return to. The food we had was amazing and left all three of us feeling happy and satisfied. I especially loved the affordability of the food here. If you're ever in the Downtown area and need a sushi fix after work or school, I highly recommend checking out I Love Sushi!

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