Sunday, August 16, 2009

furusato japanese restaurant - edmonton, ab

furusato japanese restaurant
10012 82 ave

Things are good when you are treated to a meal. Things are even better when you are treated to a meal of your choice, which is then only surpassed by that person suggesting we try Furusato knowing I consider it to be the best sushi shop in town (here, here). Which brings me to this post and maybe, just maybe, the best sushi experience I've had in town to date.

If there is one thing I've learned about my time at Furusato it's that seats fill up fast. Forgetting they don't take reservations on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, I attempted to call in a spot as it was already past 5. With no success on the phone, I mentioned to my fellow diners we were going to have to wing it. Lucky for us, 3 seats at the sushi bar were emptying as we walked in and we assumed our front row positions.

I don't know if it was my camera or our front row seats, but the sushi chef placed a small dish of salmon balls in front of us 'on the house'. Mentioning these were not even on the menu, the salmon balls were a success. Biting a sample in half, there were obvious chunks of salmon and seemed akin to salmon tartar, rolled into (rum ball sized) balls, lightly cooked and then tossed with some teriyaki sauce. My first ever comped item. But on to our orders and the first dish up was my medium sashimi platter. A good mix of fish including tuna, salmon, scallop, mackerel, shrimp, surf clam, octopus, and snapper. Maybe I'm a sucker for fish but I love a plate of good plate of sashimi.

Next on the bar was the special sushi, an 18 piece platter. Similar to my sashimi plate it included salmon, tuna, surf clam, shrimp, clam, octopus, snapper, as well as a tekka roll, two pieces of roe and tamago (sweet egg). Everything was deemed a success.

Finally a sushi combo box (13 pieces). While offering less nigiri, it included a California cone and spicy tekka (tuna) roll. Being an amateur sushi eater, I found this a brave choice and wasn't surprised to hear the order was a little overwhelming. The cone and spicy roll went over extremely well, but the scallop and egg didn't fair so well. Egg? I know, but my fellow diner could not get past the idea of sweetened egg. Good thing there was no inari (tofu) on the plate, as I almost consider that like dessert sushi. I was the lucky recipient of both the tuna and salmon pieces.

Feeling totally content at this point, I opted to push the limits with a little luxury. Some fatty tuna (toro) and uni (sea urchin). These two delicacies are definitely my weakness. The toro melted away with no effort and that infamous acquired uni taste was exceptional.

Standing up as we left our sushi chef asked if I had visited before. I mentioned I had on many occasions before he introduced himself as the manager. We shook hands (by touching elbows) as he introduced his mother who ran the back of the show. We briefly talked about his time preparing sushi at Furusato (13 years), and how the previous itamea had recently retired.

All in all, my experience tonight was nothing short of fantastic. A great mix of conversation, food and atmosphere. If you have never dined at Furusato, now would be a good time. A new owner, who recently closed the restaurant for 10 days to complete some renovations, has kept the staff and is, in my opinion, putting out the best sushi in Edmonton.


KimHo said...

You mentioned you are "envious" of us in Vancouver with all the variety of sushi shops. However, I will trade all of those for one that you know for certain it will be good! :D

Chris said...

Haha. Well said Kim. I think some of my envy stems from the fact that you have so many options. While it's fantastic to have Furusato, it makes the search for other tasty virtually non-existantl which can be a little boring. Why waste my time at fast food style sushi when I can have the good stuff.

I once dined at the bar in Shiro in Van City and had pretty damn tasty sushi. Do you have a fav Kim?

Jane said...

While vacationing in the Vancouver area, there was a place called Kita sushi in Burnaby near where I was staying and WOW! Best sushi I've ever had!

Furasato is my favourite place in Edmonton for sushi as well, I tried maki maki the other day and it definitely didn't compare.

Kevin Kossowan said...

I've been meaning to try that place out - my brother's a big fan.

KimHo said...

That would be a really tough one. I would rather say "no favourite... yet" because there are so many places I still have to visit.

Chris said...

Hey Jane. Thanks for the Burnaby suggestion. If I'm out that way, I'll check it out for sure. Agreed about Maki Maki, I think it's a long way from Furusato. I suppose though with their 50 some rolls (and restaurant name 'roll roll'), their focus lies in new age sushi.

Do it Kevin!

No worries Kim. Always worth it to ask, and really your site is already beyond helpful and entertaining.

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