There’s a new Sushi place in Nanaimo! Well, not really new – I mean, it has been open since last summer, but it’s new to me! Now, if you’re a creature of habit, like me, you have your favourite Nanaimo sushi restaurant (Nori) and you stick to it like white on
sushi rice. However, I can always set my favouritism aside when I get to try out a new sushi joint. I mean, one can never have too much sushi, amirite?
I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands as of late so I decided to stop in for lunch at Sushi Ryu on a sunny Monday afternoon. Actually, if I’m being honest, I was headed to Nori’s when I remembered that they’re closed on Mondays. So call it fate – I was destined to try out Sushi Ryu.
Sushi Ryu is located on Applecross Road beside the back-end of Costco. If this location is tugging at the edges of your brain for some reason you can’t recall, maybe it’s because this location has been a bit of a revolving door for restaurants in the last 8 years. I remember when Urban Beet first opened up shop there, then Jar, and lastly Brian’s Sushi Bistro. I really hope that Sushi Ryu doesn’t become another victim to this “revolving-door” curse!
Ok, back to the matter at hand: sushi. One thing I really look for in a sushi restaurant, besides great, fresh fish, is the combos. I love a place that has a wide selection of combos where I can sample a variety of sushi. And Sushi Ryu’s combo game is on point.
In addition to stellar combos, Sushi Ryu has a great lunch menu. I went with my tried and true nigiri (salmon and tuna) and maki rolls (also salmon and tuna). I also ordered an avocado roll as my usual fav cucumber roll was no where to be found (quelle horreur!)
Bonus: miso soup and a salad to start!
The fish was fresh, the tea was tea-rrific (!), and the staff was attentive and super friendly. Even though my eating there was happenstance, I was happy to explore such a great, new sushi place. Nanaimo has a plethora of great sushi restaurants (Nori’s, King Sushi, Bistro Taiyo, etc…) and I think Sushi Ryu has earned itself a top spot on my list.
– Sean :)