I have enjoyed Komiko several times, and I consider it to be a tasty option when you want sushi by quantity, but still want some quality. The downtown location is a definite plus. The decor is clean but nothing special, and the restaurant is often filled with a younger crowd. The restaurant offers a two-tiered menu, allowed the table as a whole to pick the price-point and variety of options available.
The miso soup had a thin broth, but a large amount of onion and tofu bits; the onion flavour was strong to my taste. The order of fried scallops was enjoyable, and the tempura (shrimp and vegetables) were lightly battered and retained their original flavours.
The sashimi arrived on a presentable platform of shredded carrot. The salmon was good. The tuna had an uninteresting texture and limited flavour – soya sauce was a welcome addition. The BBQ Eel had a good texture and was well prepared. The squid was thinly sliced and delightful, thankfully lacking that heavy, rubbery taste. The surf clam was ok.
The rolls (mango + salmon, california) were heavy on the vegetables and light on the fish, resulting in rolls that didn’t have a strong sushi taste. The spicy rolls consisted of fish mashed up with batter, to the point where one could barely taste the fish – the spicy salmon and spicy tuna rolls tasted identical. The speciality rolls were a right spot – the dragon eye roll had an intriguing mix of flavours and was nicely warmed. The rice and seaweed, on the whole, were well prepared.
Overall, I would recommend getting the VIP order so that you can sample the sashimi and nigiri extensively, as well as any cooked items. The maki sushi are overloaded with vegetables and have a ‘stiff’ quality to them, and are not recommended. Knowing all that, I recommend it as an excellent all-you-can-eat choice!
Visited: September 6th, 2012
Restaurant Web Site: http://www.komiko.ca/