After a rather tumultuous and overall unsuccessful search for sushi in Toronto, Shannon and I finally stumbled across Japango on a last minute whim through the advice of our friend. After walking a decent 40 minutes from Say Cheese! I had built up a hearty appetite and was overly excited to try Japango's sushi offerings. Japango is a quaint little Japanese sushi restaurant located an easy five minute walk from Toronto's main Yonge and Dundas Square (for those of you have been to New York, Yonge and Dundas Square is the equivalent of Time's Square, though a few notches down in terms of pizazz). When I say little, I mean tiny; Japango has a maximum carrying capacity of perhaps twenty-diners, which makes for a rather cosy dining experience overall. On one wall runs a dark wooden bench which serves as the "booth-seating" while the rest of the seating arrangement is made up of dark wooden chairs and tables.
Although Japango's concise menu offers mostly "traditional" Japanese rolls, they still have a number of new-age / fusion rolls. After perusing the specials board and the menu, Shannon and I decided on the special of the night, the O-toro Sashimi as well as the Hawaiian Roll, Crunchy Salmon Roll, and of course, the Japango Signature Roll. My friend, who had been to Japango previously and was familiar with their menu, also suggested the Salmon and Green Onion Roll which we gladly ordered.
|Crunch Spicy Salmon Roll|
The Salmon and Green Onion ($6) was the last and most simple roll that arrived at our table. Like the name suggests, it was composed of fresh salmon, green onion, and wrapped in layer or rice and seaweed. Though simple-sounding, the roll was still quite enjoyable. It was on the more traditional side and its simplicity really highlighted the fresh, clean flavour of the salmon. The little splash of green onion added a nice subtle note of flavour to the roll overall as well.
Japango was an excellent experience. Between the three of us, we only paid $25 (including tax and tip) for a filling and sushi-satisfying meal (unlike our experience at ND Sushi). Management and service was great, and I especially appreciated the fact that we were given extra portions of the O-toro sashimi free of charge. The sushi itself was tasty with excellent fusion rolls that incorporated different flavour notes, without actually overpowering the simply freshness and cleanliness of the sushi flavour (take note Blowfish!). I would highly recommend Japango to native Torontoians and visitors alike, and I will definitely be back to Japango the next time I am in Toronto!
Top Pick of the Night: Japango Roll