It’s time to introduce another reoccurring weekly post to Her Story Continued and that is “Tasty Tuesdays”. Food is an even bigger part of my healthy journey than fitness is for two reasons: a healthy diet is a big part of building a healthy body, and because I just freaking love food!
I will warn you Tasty Tuesday will not only consist of well-balanced meals, epic food preps, and healthy spins on comfort food but it was also include some of those good ole cheat days. I’m a foodie and I will always be a foodie no matter what size my jeans are or what number is on the scale. Cutting unhealthy foods out completely would only make me miserable and this journey is not just about being physically healthy but mentally healthy as well.
Before heading back to Toronto we decided to check out Sakana House in my hometown of Barrie. Sushi and I have a complicated relationship. The first few times I actually went for sushi I had a bad reaction where my throat closed up. I’ve never really figured out what caused it; I personally blame the avocado but that’s just because I hate avocado. Regardless, the reaction was enough to steer me away from sushi for a while which was a bummer because sushi was a big hit amongst my friends in University.
After some time I tried a few pieces here and there, and thankfully there were no more bad reactions. I’ve only been to one sushi place in Barrie and to be honest I don’t really remember anything about it. We decided to try somewhere new and since there were lots of rave reviews about Sakana online and at $14.99 per person for all-you-can-eat, it’s one of the best priced sushi places in town.
Onto the actual tasty part. I won’t lie, I personally like the appetizer part of sushi better than the sushi itself but that probably has a lot to do with things being deep-fried. Sakana’s menu is a little intimidating in my opinion because it’s all over the place but once you take a minute it’s not so complicated.
We all decided to just order together so we could try a bunch of different things. I’m not even sure what we ordered the first time around since it all came out kind of randomly but I ended up figuring a couple things out and taking some notes so I could share my thoughts.
First of all, the whole reason we picked this place was because it had mango sushi. I’m a huge fan of mango, I find it extremely refreshing and on sushi it’s just magical. The mango roll pictured in the centre was the “Mango Crab Meat Roll” which was just one of three mango rolls we tried. My favourite was the vegetarian option that had cream cheese instead of fish.
Pictured on the left is the “Spicy Tuna Roll” and on the right was the “Cowboy Roll”. The Spicy Tuna was your typical tempura / fish sushi roll, nothing special in my opinion but still tasty. The Cowboy Roll was more interesting: it was full of beef and green onions and it tasted a little like a hamburger! Different and delicious!
Pictured on the right is the “Curry Chicken Don” which was just sticky rice with potatoes, tempura chicken and curry sauce. It wasn’t entirely aesthetically pleasing nor was it a very complicated dish but the flavour was awesome. It had a little bit of spice but not too much. Between this, the sushi, and the deep fried chicken plates we tried (left to right: General Tao, Kung Po with Peanuts, and Sweet and Sour) I satisfied cravings for sushi, Chinese food, and Indian all in one place.
What happened next was a little funny: we weren’t really keeping track of what was coming to the table but I was sure we didn’t order quite as much as we were getting. That’s when my mom and I realized that the man beside us had been waiting for his order a lot longer than everyone else in the restaurant. The wait staff checked in on him and he told them he was still waiting on his order. When plate finally came out they were the exact same as what is pictured below. Seems like we got his food, oops!
What was great about this mix-up for us is the fact that the Dynamite Roll (pictured above), which we most definitely did not order, was a favourite of the table. I loved that it was still hot after being dropped in the deep frier, especially because that completely took away the gross texture of the avocado.
The dessert section was nothing to brag about, just ice cream and pudding, but we did order some tempura bananas and they were really good. I enjoyed the mango pudding (centre) but it was a weird consistency: it was somewhere between a jello and a pudding.
Overall, I was really happy with Sakana House and have now told my friends back home to check it out when they have the time. My mom liked it more than the regular sushi place she goes to, even if it was a bit out of the way for us. It was a good meal, maybe not the healthiest… okay, definitely not the healthiest but it was a nice way to end all the holiday celebrations. Now it’s time to get back into the groove of things and take it easy on the bad eats.
Are you a sushi fan? I really need suggestions of different rolls to try since I usually play it safe. What’s your favourite roll?