I met up with a friend for a reunion after a year apart. We were going to go to Tokyo Joe’s Sushi Factory until I realized Tokyo Joe Ramen Okawari has more options for its creative rolls as well as some of the Tokyo Joe originals. Even though it was too hot for ramen, we decided to go just for the rolls.
Shirley decided to try the Edamame Koroke, a Japanese fried potato croquette with edamame and corn inside. The four croquettes were crispy on the outside with a hot, mushy, and soft centre. It was not too oily but I found the potato to be quite bland. The corn and edamame did not add much to the flavour or the texture. It was topped with a sweet, teriyaki-style sauce and wasabi mayo. I loved the sweet sauce but the wasabi mayo was creamy but had too much of an overpowering spice for me.
The Ocean Roll was delicious. It was baby shrimp, avocado, and cucumber rolled inside regular sushi rice and topped with large BBQ scallops and a plum cream cheese sauce. The shrimp on the inside were tender but I found the rice bland and mushy near the nori. It did not have enough vinegar taste and stuck together too much. However, the scallops on top were so succulent and juicy. They were grilled perfectly, with a slight char on the outside yet a very tender centre. The plum cream cheese sauce was a perfect balance of sweet and tart flavours mixed together with a tart creaminess. At $12.50, it was quite pricey, but the toppings were unique enough to be worth the price.
Finally, we got the Cute Roll. Thinking it would be small, we were surprised to see five HUGE pieces of sushi rolls. This roll did not have rice. Instead, it was salmon, tuna, avocado, and cucumber on the inside. The rice was replaced with a lot of imitation crab and the roll was wrapped in nori. On top were thin slices of smoked salmon. This roll by itself did not have much flavour except for the smoked salmon, which was tender but a little on the thin side. The abundance of imitation crab made me happy, as I love the sweet, tender, and creamy ingredient. The salmon and tuna were both quite fresh. I did dip this roll in soy sauce and wasabi just because it was somewhat bland, but I loved the ingredients.
The servers were all very friendly and on a Monday evening, it was not crowded. The place was small but bright and clean, a very casual and relaxing ambiance. I would come back here with another friend for a reunion, where you can sit back, relax, and catch up on a year’s worth of interesting tales while enjoying some casual yet creative rolls.