This post takes me back to my university years. I had never tried sushi before at that point (around 11 or 12 years ago now), and went with a girlfriend to try it out for the first time at Ebizo Sushi in downtown Victoria. I remember trying a dynamite roll and another cooked roll (probably California), and not being sure what I thought about it. Until afterward. When I started to crave the unique food experience all over again.
Fast forward a couple more years, and Ebizo became my favourite sushi place in Victoria, where I would treat myself once a week (or more) to a dinner out on my tight student budget.
To this day, I still go back every time I take a trip to visit friends in Victoria. One weekend not so long ago was no exception.
I was staying with a girlfriend that I’ve known since the Terrace days (we met in the playground at the tender age of six), and we decided on a night out to meet with another girlfriend that I became good friends and roommates with in university, along with another guy friend I hadn’t seen in ages. We went back to our regular haunt, and I ordered most of the same items that I used to always get.
The Miso Soup with Pork is not something that I’ve ever found at any other Japanese restaurant – it’s filled with a large assortment of vegetables and thin slices of pork in a regular miso broth. Each time I’ve eaten it has been a thrill, and I’ve been so enthusiastic doing so that I’ve usually ended up with a burnt tongue – that’s pretty much never fail for me on this soup.
My old roommate and I then decided to share most of the rest of the items and had the Agedashi Tofu – small and crispy bite-size pieces of hot goodness. Topped with green onion, grated radish and fish flakes, the sweet broth has just the right hint of flavour to not overwhelm the palate. Again, another dish that I tend to burn my mouth on.
Next up – one of their most fantastic dishes – is the Tuna Tataki. Very lightly seared, this fish melts in your mouth. Don’t just read this – go and try it for yourself!
Now on to the rolls – there are two classic ones that I always get while dining at Ebizo, although I’ve never had a roll that didn’t taste great there. The sushi chefs know exactly what size and quantity of fresh ingredients will complement each other best, and have been doing this with years of experience (and happy smiles on their faces)!
The Dynamite Roll, made up of prawn tempura, avocado, and thinly sliced cucumber with sesame seeds and Japanese mayo, is perfect in size. You’ll never find the too-large-to-eat-in-a-mouthful version of this here (well, unless you dislocate your jaw). Each bite needs to be savoured all at once.
The Spicy Salmon and Avocado Roll is something I haven’t yet found elsewhere, either. It is made up of exactly what’s in the title – sometimes the most simple things are the best.
That was that for our meal that evening – sometimes I follow it up with their creamy green tea ice cream. We continued to sip on both the Japanese green tea that they serve (and a very delicious version at that), along with our half litres of house red wine, until we got a phone call and some interesting adventures followed and we had to leave abruptly.
I find this place to have very high quality sushi, all at a very reasonable price. Ebizo has been around now for probably just over twelve years (although I don’t know for sure), and will likely continue as a small staple sushi restaurant in downtown Victoria in the years to come.
And to me, it’s like going back home to comfort food.
Ebizo Sushi (no website)
604 Broughton St
Victoria, BC, V8W 1C7