Wakoya Sushi (Osborne Village)

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I always thought the idea of sushi was repulsive. I grew up on the east coast and ate a lot of seafood, always cooked.  I tried sushi for the first time when I was 19 and living in Winnipeg. I wasn’t a huge fan. A lot has changed in 2 years. The people I spend most of my time around love sushi, so I have come to love it too. 

The first thing I seem to order when I go to a sushi place is assorted tempura. I ABSOLUTELY love it. My favourite is always the shrimp and the yam. When I ordered it at Wakoya Sushi it came to the table in such a timely fashion, I didn’t have time to be hungry. And it definitely didn’t disappoint. It was the perfect amount of crispiness with a great assortment of veggies and shrimp.

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Assorted tempura (yam and shrimp shown above)

I decided to try one of the regular rolls on the menu called “Beach”. It contains crab meat, tempura crumbs, fish eggs, mayo and hot sauce. I often choose sushi with crab, as crab is my favourite seafood. I was a little nervous about trying the fish eggs as it seems like everyone is always grossed out by them but I found them to be pretty much tasteless. The roll itself though was delicious. The hot sauce and mayo complimented the perfectly portioned crabmeat and tempura mixture. Next time I go I will probably ask for more hot sauce as I like it a little more spicy then they offered (I do not like wasabi).

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“Beach” roll (crab meat, tempura crumbs, fish eggs, mayo, and hot sauce)

The restaurant itself is very mellow. It is located right on Osborne so if you love people watching (like I do), Wakoya Shushi is a great place to have a relaxing meal and do just that. Their dinnerware was beautifully crafted, and added to the overall atmosphere of the restaurant. They also have lots of lucky cats on display through-out, which is another favourite of mine when visiting sushi restaurants. I highly recommend that anyone new to sushi and willing to give it a try, make this place your first. And if you are a sushi lover already, which I am slowly turning into, then Wakoya should definitely be added as a consistent go-to when you’re in the area. Check them out and let us know what you think!  

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