Friday night, I went to Ebisu on Robson St. to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The Robson store is not that much different from the one in Richmond, although they seem to have a larger menu as well as drinks.
Chopped Scallop Roll
I got the Chopped Scallop Roll because I pretty much get it at every Japanese restaurant. It was average and nothing too special.
Chicken Karaage - deep fried boneless chicken served with sweet honey-mustard and Cajun mayonnaise
I also got the Chicken Karaage which was a huge portion. They actually have a one person size too, but we got the larger one. The pieces of chicken were much larger than I had expected, but since it was boneless, all was good. The batter was decent, although quite oily. I enjoyed the honey-mustard which tasted a little like plum sauce, and the Cajun mayonnaise was a little spicy.
Hamachi Inferno - yellowtail box pressed in shiso, burdock, shiitake, sesame and sushi rice seared!
Ebisu is famous for their inferno sushi, so I finally decided to try it. They have 3 fishes to choose from: saba, hamachi or toro. I chose the Hamachi Inferno, and it was presented to us raw.
Then the waitress brought over a lighter, and seared the sushi in front of us. Pretty cool to watch the colour turn.
And here’s the final product! The fish was soft and definitely a different texture from raw hamachi. I found that the sushi rice was a little harder than usual though, but it was definitely something different to eat.
Overall, I was pretty pleased with the food and service at the Robson Ebisu. They offer a variety of interesting rolls as well, so their menu is quite extensive.