The Thompson hotel has three restaurants located on the main floor. The Thompson Diner, Scarpetta (which is only open for dinner) and sushi restaurant, Wabora. This Japanese fusion restaurant run by chef Minsoo Kim offers a dizzying array of specialty rolls. There are also Korean dishes as well.
The sleek black interior gives it more of a club feel and I love how when you walk in you can see the display of porcelain plates signed by all the famous celebrities and athletes who have eaten there.
My boss loves sushi so he took us here twice the past few months for lunch. Their lunch special is very good, letting you spend around $10-12 dollars for two specialty rolls or a bento box. Their bento boxes are enormous! I got a Sushi bento which, if I’m remembering correctly, came with fresh sushi, dessert, seaweed salad (my favourite), japchae (my other favourite) and maybe something else. The second time I went for the Wabora roll with three kinds of raw fish (yellow tail, salmon, and tuna). The fish was fresh but overall the roll was kind of dry. It only came with five pieces which was a little disappointing since I was predicting 6-8 but I felt full afterwards.
The service here is great and is what comes to mind first when I think about Wabora. The food is okay. I prefer Sushi and Bento for sushi. The quality there is better but for those more interested in the other aspects of restaurant dining like service and atmosphere, give Wabora a try.
Sushi Bento Box (Close up of the sushi)
Open Concept Kitchen/Sushi Station
Sushi and Sashimi Lunch Special
Went back to Joey’s for a family dinner. I’ve heard great things about their Tuna Sashimi salad so I had to try it. I’m not much of a salad person (usually go for pasta), but this one is definitely worth trying. This place is a bit more upscale than other franchise restaurants like Pickle Barrel and I love how they have an upstairs patio. It was a bit chilly when we went, but luckily there were heated lamps set up all across the room.
They have drink specials everyday so I went with a Real Peach Bellini. Tastes just as good as the one at Milestone’s.
The food took a while to come, apparently there was an accident in the kitchen, but our waitress was great and made up for it by giving us a dessert on the house. No complaints though. Sushi was a little sub par but everything else was delicious. My sister ordered the ravioli with spinach and artichoke filling topped with wild scallop and prosciutto which is definitely what I’m planning to get the next time we come here. The tuna sashimi salad was really citrusy and refreshing, but I don’t think any salad will ever come close to Lee’s Singaporean Slaw!
For dessert we went with the Molten Lava Chocolate Souffle. It came with a scoop of ice cream and raspberries but was more lava cake than souffle.
Peach Bellini ($5 on Mondays)
Yam Fries with truffle lemon aioli
Sashimi Tuna Salad
Went here two weeks ago for my birthday dinner with the family. I’ve never been here before but I wanted to find an affordable and yummy sushi place uptown so I went over to Yelp and found a hole-in-the-wall called Shinobu. I read a review about the volcanic rainbow roll which they torch at your table so I had to try it.
The venue is small but cozy, just the way I like it. Luckily we made reservations so we didn’t have to wait.
I ordered a grapefruit cocktail which was really yummy. The waitress brought over half a grapefruit along with a plastic juicer which was cute. The seaweed salad had very little actual seaweed, it was mostly filled with other mixed greens, but all of the ingredients were very fresh.
The volcanic rainbow roll was delicious! The melt-in-your-mouth experience reminded me of the Japango Roll at Japango, but without the extra spicy kick (Shinobu’s roll uses a honey sauce). I normally don’t like to have dessert at restaurants because they always end up to be under-whelming but the green tea cheesecake here is amazing! Would definitely come back again to try their other items. Thanks Yelpers!
Volcanic Rainbow Roll
Green Tea Cheesecake with Ginger Ice Cream
Not to be confused with Asian Legend, the dim sum franchise, this restaurant is run by the same proprietor who also owns Congee Wong and 31 Kitchen. This outdoor plaza has some pretty solid restaurants and a a wide variety of Asian cuisine to choose from (Korean, Chinese, Vietnamnese, etc.) so it was interesting to see how Sushi Legend would stack up against its neighbours.
The restaurant also offers AYCE on weekdays and weekends which seems to be a popular option for many, or you can ask for the main menu. The decor is trendy with non-descriptive colorful artwork on the walls. It draws a young crowd and the atmosphere is very loud. But the service is great, waiters are always very accommodating and the food is so good! Lots of specialty rolls to choose from. I went with the My Angel Roll (Pepper Salmon, cucumber topped with salmon, eel, wasabi and eel sauce) while my sister ordered the Crazy Dragon Roll (salmon, avocado, cucumber, topped with eel, seared white tuna, salmon, wasabi mayo and balsamic sauce). When they arrived, they appeared identical so I only took a picture of one of the rolls. We also ordered unagi on rice, seafood ramen, along with seaweed salad, yuzu salmon, and rock shrimp. Not a big fan of mayo but I highly recommend the shrimp. Really delicious. The sexy summer roll is super refreshing too.
A great place for sushi lovers looking for solid and affordable japanese food uptown.
Unagi on Rice
Sexy Summer Roll (Mango and Crab Salad wrapped in Rice Paper)
My Angel Roll
This is probably my favourite sushi spot in uptown Toronto. It’s right beside the very popular Tako Sushi which is also quite good (the service there is fast and the prices are affordable), but I love eating in this cozy hole-in-the-wall, especially on a rainy day. The sashimi here is always fresh and they always give us free appetizers!
Our dinner selections include Seafood Udon Noodles, Gonoe Sushi B, and Lobster Paradise Roll.