Let’s be clear by noting that I am not a sushi aficionado. I’ve most certainly made more sushi at home than I’ve ordered from a restaurant. I have only a mild idea of what most things on the menu are. That being the case, this probably won’t be the most informed review ever written. Regardless, it’s my blog, and it was my dinner, and they go together like peas and carrots. … unless you don’t like peas and carrots, in which case you can use your own better metaphor.
Lan Sushi is a hole in the wall, but I think most of the restaurants in Toronto are holes in the wall, so why should that matter? Besides, it’s a fairly nice little hole in the wall. The paint is nice and vibrant. The decor is cute. Everything appears quite clean. And, of course, it’s a sushi place, so the moment you walk in, they’re shouting hello at you.
They seem to do a fair amount of delivery and take-out because I think the cashier spent about 80% of our dinner on the phone taking orders. In fact, one of the chefs had to take our order since she was constantly tied up. Of course, when the chefs did have a spare moment, they put together complementary hand rolls for everyone in the store. A tasty extra if you’re stuck waiting too long or stay there to eat. In fact, the hand wraps might have even been the best part of the meal.
My wife isn’t terribly fond of sushi, so she ordered the teriyaki chicken. I opted for the maki combo a, California rolls, spicy rolls, and shrimp rolls. The teriyaki chicken was decent, but nothing special. The chicken was cooked well, and the sauce was average. The rolls were all fair. None of them jumped out at me in particular, though they were all quite satisfying, and the ingredients all seemed to be extremely high quality and well made. They were mostly well put together, though a few of the shrimp rolls looked like they were trying to use the end of the roll but didn’t have everything quite neat. Not that that affected the flavor at all, or even the cohesiveness. It still held together just fine when picking it up.
I’ve read several other reviews that rave that Lan Sushi has some of the best sushi in Toronto, even if it’s not in the heart of the city. Perhaps it does. Some also note that it’s some of the least expensive in the city, and the prices did seem pretty good to me. With my limited experience, I have so little to compare it to, but I can say this: I’d certainly go back. Heck, I even already recommended some nearby friends give it a shot.