At the end of April, I promised Lilian I'd go to Hyde Park with her to look at the sakura blossoms that bloom for a week every year. After a lot of phone calls, a lot of waiting for people to arrive and then a lot of photos, a group of us left Hyde Park for Bloor Street to grab some dinner. Coming out of Bathurst Station, we saw this sign:
Stir-fried chicken udon. Very peppery.
grilled teriyaki chicken.
fried chicken at a Japanese buffet for some reason.
Salmon sushi pizza, eel nigiri, I think that's fried egg nigiri?, inari, and artificial crab nigiri.
Dragon roll (avocado on top and tempura shrimp inside), avocado & eel roll, california roll, butterfish nigiri, some more inari, salmon sushi and avocado sushi. Clearly, avocado was in season.
butterfish sashimi and 1 piece of salmon sashimi left.
spicy salmon handroll at the very end and it was the first time he spit back out one. The salmon was mushy like it was pounded by those meat pounders people use on thick slices of beef. He said it didn't taste like salmon anymore.
In the end, we all agreed that it was one of the worst Japanese buffets we ever had and it was completely not worth the $20 we paid ($15.99 + tax + tips). What's strange is that JT and I have actually been here around a year ago and I remember it wasn't as bad as now. If it was, I knew my mind would've made a note to avoid this place at all costs (including starving). Oh well, there's plenty of Japanese sushi restaurants on Bloor for the same price, much better quality and larger variety. This place had only a handful of sashimi items.
Mariko Japanese Restaurant
551 Bloor St. West, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y6