Broadway Station Sushi is a restaurant I've often passed by on my way to my other sushi adventures. Being the adventurer that I am, I usually venture as far as I can considering the amount of free time I have. One day, during the festive season of cram sessions, free time became a scarce resource, so I ended up having lunch at Broadway Station Sushi. Nothing about the name suggests good or authentic sushi. The prices are not especially cheap either, so I felt like I was walking on eggshells with this adventure. I crossed my fingers, hoping that the eggshells would be sufficiently sturdy.
Broadway Station Sushi is Korean-operated, and things were off to a good start as the service was friendly. The interior actually looks quite nice and gives the restaurant a decent vibe. I quickly sifted through the menu, which contained a vast array of appetizers, special rolls, donburi and udon bowls. However, nothing caught my attention nearly as much as the big box in the middle titled "Aburi Nigiri Special Selections." As a food blogger, how could I possibly not order the "special selections"?
Aburi Saba Nigiri - B+
Aburi Toro Nigiri - B+
The Aburi Saba Nigiri was slightly too salty, but it had some of that sought-after smoky Aburi flavour. It was neither particularly soft nor particularly tough. The Aburi Toro Nigiri was very juicy and full of fish oils. I enjoyed its smooth, soft texture, but felt that it could have more of a seared flavour.
Sexy Roll - A-
Chopped Scallop Nigiri - B
Salmon Nigiri - A-
Of all the rolls, I decided to go with the Sexy Roll because after all, as the saying goes, you are what you eat. This roll consisted of spicy tuna, yam bits, avocado, cucumber, and BBQ unagi. The sweet unagi on top was well executed, and the spicy mayonnaise provided a moderately high level of spiciness to the roll. The yam fries were crispy and served conservatively, while the spicy tuna inside was soft and creamy. The only issue I had was that the seaweed wasn't cut all the way through for some of the pieces.
The Chopped Scallop Nigiri featured creamy, savoury chopped scallop bound by a tough piece of seaweed. The Salmon Nigiri, on the other hand, came with a generous piece of salmon that was deliciously buttery in flavour.
Tempura Udon - B
They put in about as much effort to make the Tempura Udon seem authentic as they did when coming up with the name of the restaurant. The piece of broccoli they included was not fresh, leaving a bitter aftertaste. However, other than that, the udon and its accompanying basket of tempura were decent. The tempura featured just the right amount of batter, and the frying oil was not overused at all. The tempura prawn was meaty and delicious, and the tempura zucchini, sweet potato, and kabocha were savoury and juicy. The udon noodles were quite thick and on the softer side. I found the udon broth to be light but well balanced.
I was quite pleased with the service throughout my lunch, and I suppose crossing my fingers worked. Although the food was not exactly top-notch, it was decent and worth the price. Many of the special rolls appear to be promising, and I wouldn't mind coming back for a quick sushi fix when I don't have time to travel to the land of very expensive sushi (ahem, Kitsilano).