6 of Toronto’s fishiest spins on sushi
Remember when all sushi needed to be sushi was rice and nori with some seafood and maybe a little soy and wasabi? Well, something—probably Instagram—is responsible for a handful of ridiculous fusion fish dishes. Here, half a dozen of them, rated from “wacky maki” to “hole-y roll-y.”
Rolltation’s Wasabi Tuna Burrito
6 2016 was the year of the sushi burrito, or what is basically a too-big hand roll. In this one: rice, tuna, lettuce, red peppers, avocado, seaweed salad, tamago (egg), lotus chips and wasabi mayo. Customers can create their own sushi-rito with things like purple potato, asparagus, jalapeños, tangerine segments and meat floss (the cotton candy of the pork world). $14.99. 2017 Dundas St. W., 647-351-8986; 2291 Yonge St., 416-901-7655, rolltation.com.
Japango’s Sushi Pizza
5 This long-time fusion favourite consists of a crispy fried base of panko-coated sushi rice, topped with salmon and a whack of the restaurant’s spicy sauce. Utensils required. $12. 122 Elizabeth St., 416-599-5557, japango.net.
Rollipub’s Sashimi Nachos
4 Possibly taking a cue from the ceviche-and-chips combo, this College Street spot loads tortilla chips with salmon, tuna, chilies, red onion, jalapeño, guacamole, cheddar, tomato salsa, sour cream and cilantro. $13. 598 College St., 647-347-8500, @sushittontheroad.
Mi’hito Sushi Laboratory’s Sushi Taco
3 And what would Toronto be without yet another notch on its trendy taco belt? This College Street “laboratory” has seven such creations on its menu, including this one filled with unagi, corn, cabbage, lettuce, avocado, pickled lotus root, alfalfa, coriander and unagi sauce. $5. 285 College St., 416-929-8880, mihito.ca.
SU&BU’s Sushi Burger
2 Coming in on the coattails of the ramen burger, this new bunless wonder comes with a laundry list of components: a crispy rice base, salmon, tuna, surimi crab, green onion, avocado, seaweed salad, arugula, coconut, lettuce, carrot, red cabbage, sesame mayo, sweet sauce and sriracha aïoli. $9.99. 106 John St., 416-792-7927, suandbu.com.
Square Fish’s Sushi Doughnut
1 The city’s first and only sushi doughnut, or “doshi” if you will, is like if sushi pizza and say, a bagel with lox, spawned. A crispy rice “doughnut” with a cheesy centre comes piled high with—in order of appearance—veggies, seaweed salad, imitation crab, tuna, a sushi rice “doughnut,” avocado and more tuna. $8. (There are also shrimp, salmon and veggie variations.) 461 Queen St. W., 416-603-7888, mysquarefish.com.