Monday, October 26, 2009

Decadent bites at Doraku

Last Friday night, a friend of mine and I made plans to meet at Doraku on Dresden row for a feed of sushi. Now, I've tried a couple of sushi spots in the city, but I was happy to discover that none could compare to Doraku's fresh fare. I love sushi any time of day, but it's always my go-to food when I'm going out to eat late-night. I guess it's because I know that there's nothing but goodness going into my body that I'll eat until the platter is clean. Or in this case, until I out-eat my date!

We ordered a bunch of stuff. He had the Chicken Udon soup and cleared the bowl, and we shared an order of edamame and various rolls.

Although I was more than satisfied with my choices, I went a little on the safe side, and ordered rolls that I recognized. Had the item's ingredients been listed on the menu, I might have been a little more adventurous. However, we ordered some staples; Shrimp Tempura rolls, Spicy Tuna rolls with a delicious drizzle of spicy mayo, Alaskan roll with super-fresh, meaty salmon and the Philadelphia roll with smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber. The Philadelphia rolls were a nice addition to my sushi repertoire- I'll order these puppies in the future for sure!

You can't really mess up edamame, and so these were great as well, little salty bites of goodness that went nicely with our cold pints of Sapporo. a Japanese Beer.

I'm so happy to have strayed from my usual sushi spot, which, I have to admit that I frequent mostly because of it's proximity to my apt However, after having sushi as good as this stuff, it's as though my taste buds came alive again, tasting the sweet fish, the vibrant sauces and fresh vegetables for the first time. If your usual sushi place is getting a bit dull, I'd suggest heading to Doraku to give your mouth a little wake-up call!


Anonymous said...

I used to work for them! Lovely people, and a wonderful spot for a date with the private booths. For two people table 51 in the corner is my favourite - private and cosy. Beautiful pictures!


Anonymous said...

nice! never went there. Recently gone to the B0well, that was pretty good. Welcome to the world of the philly roll. My favorite after the shrimp tempura.
I am not a fan of the mayo drizzle..

Jaime (Embracing Balance) said...

I just wanted to thank you for this post! I've lived in Hali for two years now and have been sadly disappointed in most of the sushi I've had here. Hamachi is good but I was still looking for better. And now I've found it! Another West Coast friend and I tried Doraku last night based on your review and we both LOVED it. :) I'm about to blog my own review. Funny enough, I ordered almost exactly the same thing you did. Great minds....

Anonymous said...


I'm glad you discovered Philadelphia Rolls. They've been a long-time favourite of mine.


P.S. With Bite is really great!