My middle daughter graduated from grade eight today. For several weeks I have been pestered by “We’re going to Ten Sushi for my graduation, right?!?”
Despite my protestations, a promise is a promise! So, following the three hours of presentations, awards (my daughter won a dance award) and photos, my four children, my sister and I piled in the van and headed down Bank Street to Ten Sushi.
I had never been before and was somewhat curious as to what my eldest and middle daughters saw in this Japanese buffet restaurant. My first expectation went out the door as soon as we entered. To me, a buffet usually entails a shmorgazborg of foods of varying freshness sitting under warming lamps. Ten Sushi offers an alternative style where each table was provided with a tablet menu and the selections were sent directly to the kitchen, prepared fresh and served directly to the table.
A cautionary note at this time, Ten Sushi is very explicit that they do not want food wasted. There is a per person rate which, unfortunately, had increased to about $25/person (after 15:00: the lunch price is about $15/person). However, if any of your dishes are not finished, you may be charged for the dish. So, we were careful not to order more than we could finish at our table.
We had a variety of dishes, including several vegetarian choices: mango crisp rolls, cucumber and avacado rolls, sweet potato tempura and a stir fry vegetable plate. My non-vegetarian kids chose salmon rolls, chicken dishes and green onions rolled with beef, along with bacon rolled asparagus. We all were full.
Now, I was not holding up much hope for the service, but I was pleasantly surprised. The food was served fast and hot and was generally well-received.
To finish, we each had various flavours of ice cream: green tea, mango, vanilla and chocolate. My eldest daughter insisted we try deep fried milk. Wow! As strange as it sounds, it was quite good!
My daughter was happy with her celebration and I got to try something new. It’s probably not for everyone – you’d better be confident with chopsticks! – but if you’re in the mood for a buffet style without running back and forth, Ten Sushi could be for you. A solid 3.5/5.