Amidst sushi abundance
image from SushiShota.com
Not being on the 41st Avenue stretch of Kerrisdale nor being surrounding by cute shops on Yew Street might explain why on a superficial visit to the trendy neighbourhood one would overlook Shota Sushi & Grill.
Apparently it has not been overlooked in the past and particularly not by Eastern and Western celebrities who have visited and left written testimonials that are now framed and lining the walls. I noticed well-known household names such as Michael J. Fox, Christian Slater, and Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy.
Even from the outside, you can tell it is a unique restaurant with elegant country decor. Heavy beech tables with walnut legs are arranged around the main room with matching rustic, heavy, wide-seat wooden chairs. The walls are painted a warm mustard yellow and accented with dark periwinkle blue. IKEA floor lamps interspersed between tables soften up the space.
While my companion ordered oyaku don (chicken and egg on rice, $8.50) and salmon rolls, I went on a limb and ordered one of the combination specials ($11.95) with gyoza and Yew Street Rolls, one of their Famous Rolls.
The meals came with miso soup (normal, good) and a salad that I completely delighted in. Instead of the usual ginger dressing, a fragrant soy/peanut dressing drenching the lettuce. They were also elegantly presented in thick and heavy round bowls and decorated with a white round of fried gyoza wrapper.
It was a tough choice between the inventive Famous Rolls and the deciding factor would be by the presence of my ongoing weakness: avocado. The Yew Street Rolls contain tamago (egg) and unagi (eel) roll with sliced avocado across the top. Not only was it pleasant to look at, it was so creamy and delightful as there was no scrimping on any of the incredients. There were 8 pieces, compared to the usual 6-pieces roll. Three pieces of pork and vegetables gyoza rounded out my “combination” meal. It wasn’t fabulous but a nice taster for it.
Shota Sushi is a darling place – I liked it down to the white dinnerware with colourful guides to naming sushi and the pointy-end red chopsticks embellished with silver caps. Nice touches abound at Shota.