For our upcoming Japan trip, L and I are going with about 25 other travellers. A bunch of them invited L out for dinner. Most of the travellers are students and they picked an all-you-can-eat venue in Kensington called Fusion Sushi, which is not be confused with another Fusion Sushi restaurant about two blocks away, that is a la carte.
Fusion took over the old Osteria Restaurant, which has moved into a smaller space next door called Osteria Chef’s Table. The all-you-can-eat menu is $30.00 and compared to Oishii in Riverbend, has a smaller menu. For example, you can’t get chopped scallop nigiri, baked oysters, creamy udon, seaweed salad, or soft shell crab rolls.
What you can get is all the salmon sashimi you can eat! Everyone at our table enjoyed slices of fresh tasting salmon. The young servers brought us as much sashimi as we wanted with no attitude. If you go to a lot of all-you-can-eat, you know what I’m talking about. Some places just won’t give you as much as you ordered or avoid taking your order. The salmon sashimi was the highlight of our meal.
The tuna sashimi was white as snow. I didn’t try a piece but K-Dog and Sake Kid said it was good, buttery and almost creamy in texture.
Another dish I enjoyed was the pad thai. The noodles were soft and the sauce was tangy. I liked the healthy dollop of peanuts and slice of lime that came with each serving.
Other dishes I tried included: tempura shrimp (good), fried crab roll (pass), salmon nigiri (sashimi is better), assortment of rolls (ok), fried chicken skewers (good), and shrimp skewers (very good). If you are selective in what you order, you’ll get your money’s worth and find the food is pretty tasty. I skipped dessert, but L enjoyed the fried banana and green tea ice-cream.
I like going with a big group for all-you-can-eat, because there’s no waste, particularly when you are with students. These kids can eat!
I have to commend Fusion Sushi for the pleasant service by all the staffers. The restaurant was busy on a Wednesday but we still received all our orders, refills on water and tea. Go in with realistic expectations (don’t expect Zipang quality) and you will be pleasantly surprised.