414 Queen St W
So, one night on Queen Street West, Merky and I were trying to decide what new food to try: roti at Ghandi Roti (554) or burritos from New York Subway (520). Roti and burritos aren’t exactly new to us, but we certainly don’t have them often. Sushi, on the other hand, is always an easy decision and is never new from place to place. And never mind our determination to have something different, we found ourselves headed further east and seated in To-ne Sushi. I suppose we just weren’t feeling too adventurous that day. So much for new.
At most sushi restaurants, we lean towards ordering bento boxes just for the variety. When we crave Japanese, we crave everything from specialty maki rolls to tempura to tonkatsu. A little bit of everything, please! This time, however, we decided to change it up — can you say adventure! — and ordered a sushi set instead of bentos.
Whenever I think maki rolls, my mouth waters for spicy salmon, so we ordered Roll Set 5 - Spicy, which comes with a spicy salmon roll (6pcs), a spicy tuna roll (6pcs), and a spicy dynamite roll (8pcs). (Oh, and miso soup!) Unfortunately, though, all three rolls began to taste the same after a while. That’s why people cleanse their palette a few times while having sushi, but we’re not big fans of pink ginger. Still, a satisfying set, for sure.
To (sort of) compensate for the variety lost in not ordering bento dinners, we ordered appetizers. The chicken katsu was crispy outside and tender inside, served on top of a bed of cabbage and with a tasty sauce (I sadly cannot name) instead of the typical mayo. And for the first time, we had salmon sushi pizza, which was a pleasant surprise, because the concept of sushi pizza had always been a weird one to us. But, we needed to be adventurous! (I know. It wasn’t really an adventurous change. Just something different.) And, we’re glad that we decided to give it a try. Sushi pizza has a nice crunch that you obviously can’t find in traditional sushi.
For dessert — Never forget dessert! — Merky had red bean mochi ice cream and I had green tea. Mochi is a delicious glutinous rice cake, and mochi ice cream is essentially the same thing but filled with ice cream. Talk about bringing two good things to make another!
Despite being hardly different from other restaurants of its kind, let’s just say that To-ne satisfied our unconsciously constant craving for sushi.