We take dining recommendations from everywhere now a day, don’t we? Newspapers, magazines and on line have all become trusted resources. But I believe that the best endorsement is still made by a family member. After all, they understand our likes, dislikes and the importance of food in your daily lives. So when my nephew recommended “all-you-can-eat” sushi at Magic Sushi 2 (562 Keenleyside) recently, we responded immediately.
Daughter #2 and the Frenchman, who know sushi better than I, cautioned me en route that this place could not possibly serve the exotic maki sushi that we have come to enjoy, at the $10.95 “all-you-can-eat” price. We were all delighted to be proven wrong.
Won ton soup started us off and even though the dumpling looked mighty lonely in the bowl, the clear broth was surprizingly rich, likely from the inclusion of a shirred egg. Edaname beans were tossed in a glistening sea salt and Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura came from the appetizer section of the menu. The latter included sweet potato, onion ring, and thick white potato slices. Potatoes done any style are my weakness and these were delicious. The tempura was obviously, carefully watched when plunged into the fryer because the cooking was perfectly timed with not a hint of greasiness.
We initially ordered three rolls: Dynamite (with shrimp and avocado), Philadelphia (smoked salmon and cream cheese) and Crunch Sake (salmon and tempura vegetable on the inside and additional tempura crunch on the outside). The ingredients all tasted sparkling fresh and each portion is rolled to order.
We might have stopped here but the “all-you-can-eat” challenge was too thrilling to ignore. So, we chose another three: Totally Crazy (deep fried with cheese and assorted fish), Tuna (our only selection from the “Regular” Maki Sushi section) and the Spider (soft shell crab tempura & veggies).
By this time we were more than satiated. The restaurant interior is calm and clean with lovely, homey touches. The charm is matched by the smiling, courteous servers who take obvious pride in the restaurants’ offerings.
As with all “all-you-can-eat” establishments there are guidelines that are clearly stated to keep the family in business and ensure that food is not being needlessly ordered and not consumed. Therefore, a left over charge of $1. per piece is assessed along with the declaration “love food, hate waste”.
Kath’s quote: “Cookery, or the art of preparing good and wholesome food, and of preserving all sorts of alimentary substances in a state fit for human sustenance, or rendering that agreeable to the taste which is essential to the support of life, and of pleasing the palate without injury to the system, is, strictly speaking, a branch of chemistry; but, important as it is both to our enjoyments and our health, it is also one of the latest cultivated branches of the science.”-Frederick Accum
Love-that is all.