Aoki Sushi is a Japanese restaurant on West Broadway.
Aoki is one of my favourite sushi places. I love how the chef always wears that Pikachu mask. He is very friendly. It's not the greatest looking restaurant inside, but the food is fantastic. My favourite is the purple yam roll and the Pink Godzilla Roll (so big it is held together by a toothpick) and, well, a lot of rolls there I always get again and again. Their lunch boxes are also delicious.
I heard about this place from a friend. She told me she went there almost every week, and I decided to have a try. It was a cozy place and the chef was very friendly and outgoing. My friends and I tried their sushi, noodles and Katsudon. The sushi was fresh and tasty. Their pan fried noodles are quite delicious. Love this place!
I had high expectations for this restaurant after reading all the glowing reviews however I was disappointed.
I ordered a chicken karaage combo box and a few other pieces of sushi.
The karaage was absolutely disgusting. Think fish and chips batter around chicken. If you have a craving for karaage, a good place to go would be Alpha.
Included in the box were 3 pieces of california roll. They seemed average. Not too big and not too small either.
Also included were salmon (farmed Atlantic salmon not the wild sockeye), tuna, and ebi nigiri. They were all average at best.
In addition, I ordered toro, saba, and hamachi.
The toro was really bad. It looked like regular albacore tuna and definitely tasted like it.
The saba was also not to my liking but I think this is more of a preference type thing. Personally, I love the taste of saba, but with all the garnish on top, I couldn't really taste it. I won't dock them points on the saba because some people may enjoy it like this.
The hamachi didn't really taste that fresh and tasted excessively watery.
I would say that the nigiri was average at best and left me unsatisfied. If not for the karaage maybe they could earn a 3 for food but it was just so utterly disgusting.
The service was actually quite good and I would give them a four, but they screwed up my friend's order so I will give them a 3.
The ambiance wasn't good but wasn't bad either. I would say it was good, but choosing between solid and outstanding, I would need to choose solid.
Overall, I gave a rating of 2 but I would really like to give them a 2.5 rating. The food wasn't so good, but the menu and service were great!