Sushi Mura has been open for quite a while now. It’s located in the tiny plaza at the intersection of 49th and Oak. Let me preface this post by saying…
It’s places like this that drive me to write them up once I get home. Not because they’re good. Not because they’re fantastic. But because I think it’s batsh*t crazy that they’re still open.
It’s a tight restaurant. Gazing around the room, I felt like I was in a sardine can. Nevertheless, the tableware was quite nice, which hoodwinked me into believing that they serve good food.
Never judge a restaurant by its dinnerware.
Fasha always likes to order tempura. I’m not a particular fan of it since it’s deep-fried and often seeping with oil. Still, Fasha wanted the Prawn & Sweet Potato Tempura ($7.95).
Just as I predicted, it was greasy due to the grossly thick batter. I ended up peeling off the skin, which said a lot about its thickness.
Fasha also likes to order nigiri: tamago, salmon, toro and tako are his samples.
Wait, what’s that? That’s odd… why would the sushi chef place some display models of plastic nigiri? Ooh… that’s the “tamago.” Gross.
If I wanted some machine-manufactured, tube-squeezed egg mixture for dinner, I would’ve got some from the supermarket. Although it may be just $1 a pop, that’s no excuse for serving crap like that. I’d rather they up the price and serve real tamago. We were so disgusted that we literally left it untouched.
Tako ($1.8/pc) was too thick, thus chewy. Void of any flavour, as well.
Salmon ($1.2/pc) and toro ($2/pc) were alright. It’s quite difficult to screw those up.
As for myself, I ordered the House Roll ($4.95) and Negitoro Roll ($2.75).
The House Roll tasted alright, but…
It looked like someone sat on it.
The “negitoro roll” was even more ridiculous. I think it should be renamed as either, “Negi-no-toro Roll” (credit to Sean) or simply “Green Onion Roll.” Sushi Mura, take your pick. I have never seen anything like this before.
Our last roll was the Crazy Rabbit Roll. Aptly named because no sane rabbit would eat this.
Instead of rice, the filling was wrapped with cucumber. Usually, rolls that use this technique are quite refreshing. Not in this case: it was drenched in sickly sweet sauce! I swiped off that glop like snow off my car, and it was still so sweet! BLECK!!!
- Servers didn’t fill up our tea unless asked. When asking for our second refill, the guy waiter just walked away. When we asked for our bill, we asked the same guy for some tea. He acknowledged our request, but never brought us the tea.
- They didn’t ask us if we wanted anything packed, even though the tamago was left completely untouched (not that we would want to pack it anyway). Still, their lack of concern for the leftover food alludes to their lack of concern for the customer.
By now, I hope that I’ve deterred you from ever visiting this place again. But, if you’re not convinced… here:
Holy sh*t. Is that tuna defrosting on the counter at room temperature? Wait. I might be wrong.
It should be slightly higher than room temperature because it’s sitting next to that Tim Horton’s Coffee… somebody wanted to roll up the rim.
Fasha and I were horrified: that is 100% not food safe. How did this place pass health inspection? If I get worms, I’ll know where they came from…
UPDATE: seems like this wasn’t the first time they improperly thawed something frozen (http://www.inspections.vcha.ca/Inspection/Show/7a6e5e1c-f558-48d5-96e1-6122bf5e9e06). They did fix it for the re-inspection. But, they clearly need another.
- This was the place that made us give up hope on these dime-a-dozen Japanese joints.
- Never again.