Friday, September 04, 2015

Episode #116: Ono's Sushi

Abbotsford, $$$ (Higher Priced)

On our way back from Chilliwack, we decided to go shopping at Highstreet Shopping Centre, a newly built outdoor shopping centre on the western fringes of Abbotsford that seems to be overtaking the older Sevenoaks Shopping Centre in downtown Abbotsford. Now, as much as I love sushi, I'm not particularly keen on eating it multiple times on the same day, so I let my parents choose where to have dinner. My parents were in the mood for Asian food, and we wandered around the whole shopping centre several times only to find that Ono's Sushi was the sole choice that fit that criteria. Alas, two sushi adventures in one day it is!

Ono's Sushi, like the rest of the shopping centre, dons classy, modern decor. Despite the fact that we arrived after 8 p.m. on a weekday, the restaurant was still moderately busy. There was only one server on duty, and raising our hands to get her attention was pretty much a fail as she was evidently overworked. Things improved after one of the chefs decided to step out and help with serving. I really hope she's not the only waitress during peak hours...

Miso Soup - B-

First to arrive was the Miso Soup that accompanied the Chicken Teriyaki. This Miso Soup came with green onion and tofu. My dad wanted the Miso Soup, so I let him have all of it. However, he remarked that it was so salty that he was unable to finish it. This rarely happens, so I'll assume that the Miso Soup wasn't any good.

Chicken Teriyaki - B+

The Chicken Teriyaki came in a large teppanyaki plate with a heavy dose of stir-fry bean sprouts and cabbage. The skin for the teriyaki chicken was crispy and savoury. The small amount of black pepper sprinkled on top helped to liven up the flavours further. If anything, the chicken could be a bit more tender.

Salmon Sashimi - A-

My dad does not like reading menus, so he decided to order with his eyes instead by going all the way up to the sushi bar and visually inspecting the raw fish. He ended up selecting the Salmon Sashimi, and lo and behold, it was a success. The salmon was markedly fresh and had the sought-after creamy, buttery flavour. The slices were also on the generous side, though a few of the pieces could be softer in texture.

Paradise Roll - A-

Arriving on a paradise-sized plate was the Paradise Roll, which consisted of crab meat, avocado, cucumber, salmon, mango, green onion, and a special sauce (which turned out to be spicy mayonnaise mixed with teriyaki sauce). There was a good amount of both spiciness and salmon. The crab meat was soft and had sufficient sweetness. Overall, the flavours were pleasantly harmonious.

Negitoro Roll - B

Ever since having the Negitoro at Kami Sushi in South Surrey, my sister has been craving negitoro. I really liked the juicy un-minced pieces of toro inside the roll, as the Negitoro Roll is often served with minced tuna instead. That being said, neither my sister nor I got very excited about this roll due to the overly dry sushi rice.

We found the service quite friendly, though it would be nice if there were more waiters or waitresses so that the diners could be more adequately and more efficiently served. Overall, the quality of the food and the portion sizes were fair considering the slightly higher prices. I should also note that the prices of sushi tend to tick up slightly as you head east past Langley, so this restaurant may only be moderately priced compared to nearby Japanese restaurants. 

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