Sushi Gallery - Huge chirashi!!
I have a 5 hour gap between my first and second class on Tues & Thurs so after my sociology class today (which ended at 1) I rode the 99 bus to Point Grey in search of food LOL (what else?!) I actually like having a long gap between my class because I have time to eat off campus, instead of having to resort to eating mediocre, overpriced campus food...I'm not paying $8 for hard pieces of fridge burnt nigiri!! ;)
I've been really into chirashi dons lately - I actually had one yesterday at Tengoku Sushi, and I ate another one today at Sushi Gallery haha!! I always order chirashi dons now because it's more filling and cheaper than ordering nigiri! The deluxe chirashi at sushi gallery is only $13.50, and get this: it includes uni and unagi!! Deluxe chirashis are usually around $15-$18 at most places - so $13.50 is completely unheard of!!
Sushi Gallery is just 5 mins away from ubc, super convenient!! Sushi Gallery is run by Koreans - the prices are really affordable (for the area) and the portion sizes are huge!! Seriously, if I knew the portion sizes were so large I definitely wouldn't have ordered an extra roll haha (I totally underestimated the portion sizes!) Nigiri starts at 75 cents, and you can get Sockeye salmon for an additional $1 in any of their combos!! They also have a ton of special rolls that start at $4.50!! You're allowed unlimited refills of miso soup (YAY!!) - they even have a gluten free version!! (This is actually the first time I've heard of gluten free miso lol!!)
Deluxe Chirashi Don $13.50
Sorry for the weird lighting haha, it was a mixture of mid afternoon sun and fluorescent lighting! :)
Wow...this was value for the money!! Seriously - for a mere $13, I wasn't expecting so much!! And the fact that this included uni and unagi totally sealed the deal!! Everything tasted reasonably fresh (by flash frozen standards!) and I love how they included 2 large pieces of seared tuna!! There was also ikura, 4 pieces of tamago, masago, salmon, chopped scallop,two large pieces of unagi, which were glazed with a mild teriyaki sauce, and one piece of uni!!
If I knew that the chirashi don was so huge I probably wouldn't have ordered the futomaki haha!! After eating the futomaki, nigiri, and the chirashi don, I was completely stuffed LOL!! But I didn't feel heavy or bloated at all, since the ingredients were so light!! I would definitely come back for this hehe!!
Seaweed Salad, And Spinach Gomae - 75 cents each
Seaweed: 2.5/5 stars
Gomae: 2/5 stars
I thought this was going to be made out of tamago & ebi (like most futomakis!) Since I'm allergic to raw veggies I had to pick out most of the veggies, so I ended up with an empty roll LOL! If I knew it was going to be mainly veggies I wouldn't have ordered it! :(
The futomaki was alright. The fact that there wasn't any tamago and ebi in it was a bit disappointing. This version just had avocado, carrots, cucumbers, pickled radish, and spinach in it. This costs more than the veggie futomaki but this was already a vegetarian roll, so I'm not sure how the veggie version would be any different? haha. The rice was a bit dry and it didn't have that distinctly sour tone. The citrus dressing they drizzle on top is really yummy though, it's sweet, tangy, and citrusy!!
Gluten Free Miso Soup
Yay for free refills!! For free soup - this was really good!! I managed to scoop up a ton of tofu and cabbage hehe!! It wasn't too salty and the miso flavour was pretty strong!! Not bad, not bad at all! :D