Oishii is our go-to place for modern style sushi in the Southside. I have been going there for many, many years and it has always been busy and packed. The only thing that has changed over the years is the price, reduced portions and a slight decline in quality. Blame it on inflation – but despite that, they still manage to attract big crowds of people every night. Reservations recommended if you intend to come after 6pm.
Being a regular for many years, we have our own favourites that we order every time we come here. It is dreadfully non-adventurous, but a least we know what to expect.
Our two favourite sushi dishes are Spider Roll ($13) and Himawari – Sunflower Roll ($13).
Spider Roll is a combination of tempura soft-shell crab, egg salad, and cucumber on rice covered with flying fish roe. I love the texture combination of this sushi – crispy, soft and crunchy.
Himawari is a combination of deep fried chicken with avocado on rice wrapped on an egg roll. It is very modern and refreshing.
When we’re really hungry, we stretch our wallets (and our bellies) for the appetisers. Our ‘defaults’ are Agedashi Tofu – deep fried tofu served in dashi-based sauce ($6) or Takoyaki – deep fried octopus balls ($7.50), or maybe both, depending on our greed!
I recently ventured out of my usual and ordered Salmon Sashimi ($17). It was a huge plate with big slices of salmon. I am a big fan of sashimi, but the thickness of the salmon slices did put me off a little bit. It was a bit hard to bite through and almost impossible to fit in a mouthful. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but just had to forego my table manners in the process.
Next time, I might stick to my regulars, or try one of their other sushi like Red Dragon instead.