Enzo Sushi has a combination of traditional bamboo accents and modern style that achieves neither. It has bamboo accents, pink back-lighting behind the sushi bar and a sports game projected above the sushi bar that detracts from the experience. They have a few wines, cocktails and scotches on the drink menu for those interested in drinks with dinner. Service was a slow on this particular Sunday night which was surprising given how few patrons there were. The thin miso soup left us wanting more, and the rest of the meal arrived slowly, leaving us hungry for quite a while.
I must preface the review by saying that the rice was very poor. The rice was very mushy and had a strong unpleasant taste, which detracted from each piece of sushi. The tuna nigiri was quite nice, tasty and slightly fatty, and gave me hope for the future of the meal. The octopus dashed those hopes. The octopus was unfortunately tough, which is better than chewy, and made me feel like I was chewing a shoe, with stale flavour to match. The eel was a very rich, flavourful meat with a nice texture, and the usual terriyaki sauce.
The first maki I tried was the namesake Enzo roll: Salmon, tuna and asparagus, lightly battered and covered with a heavy mushroom sauce. It was delicious, though it was not sushi. The Enzo roll is worth eating, although you get none of the subtle flavours or textures of the fish, as the mushroom sauce overrides the rest of the taste. Beyond that the maki disappointed. The Spicy Salmon roll was composed of tempura batter, mashed salmon mixed and flavouring, a combination that was neither spicy nor pleasant. The 9-1-1 roll wasn’t spicy or flavourful. The Kamikaze roll was reasonable, with salmon, cucumber and other additions, and was recommended for being average amongst poor cousins. The Imperial roll is a simple roll, with cooked fish and cucumber side by side, delivered with no sauce or flavour.
The maki neither satisfied neither my desire for tasty fish, subtle textures nor for interesting combinations of flavours. The nigiri contains some interesting options, and while the fish is somewhat fresh, neither is it fantastic. Tthe restaurant will either completely miss or barely meet expectations and is not worth the cost.
Visited: November 25, 2012
Restaurant Web Site: http://sushi-enzo.com/