Japanese food in Windsor has come a long way in the last decade. I left Windsor for Toronto in 2003, having never even considered trying sushi in Windsor. Partly because I was still very close-minded about ethnic foods, and partly because, when you thought of a nice dinner out in the city, sushi never came to mind. Nowadays, though, Windsor has many choices for those that love nigiri, sashimi, maki and everything that goes with it (miso, edamame, dumplings, tempura... now I'm hungry)!
Here's a list of some of my faves:
1. Hands down, the best place for authentic sushi in Windsor is Fuji Sushi on Dougall Avenue. Tucked away in the "strip mall of nothingness" between Dorwin Plaza and the old Value Village, this is one of the few places where you take off your shoes and sit on the floor to eat in the traditional Japanese manner (don't worry, they also have tables for those of us not so limber). The food is delicious, too... my personal fave is the Nova Scotia roll.
2. If you're not so concerned about authenticity and like to try new things, definitely check out Hikari Sushi downtown on Victoria Avenue. Located in one of the oldest houses in the city, the restaurant offers plenty of ambiance and delicious, fusion-induced rolls like the Love Love Roll, featuring avocado, cucumber and crab, topped with salmon, spicy tuna, tempura crumbs, and masago house sauce. Plus, everything they serve is absolutely beautiful to look at, as well as eat.
3. Around the corner on University Avenue in downtown Windsor sits Sushi California, another fairly authentic spot to get delicious Japanese food. The atmosphere matches most of the sushi spots I frequented in Toronto, and the crowds match, too - it's tough to get a table so it's best to call ahead. Presentation here is always stellar, so expect to wait a bit for your food (it'll be worth it though, trust me)!
4. And around the corner from there, you'll find 255 Ouellette, the mecca of pan-Asian restaurants. Chanoso's/Oishii has offered Windsorites scrumptious stir frys and sushi for 15 years now, and their success continues to thrive. A popular place for lunch, both restaurants serve their famous avocado egg rolls, and the rest of their menu offers enough variety to satisfy adventurous patrons, as well those a bit more reserved.
5. Head slightly east from there, and you'll find the Iguana Sushi Bar. This tiny spot offers an intimate atmosphere and an excellent selection of sushi a la carte, not to mention their to-die-for sesame dipping sauce, available for purchase in a 12 oz. bottle for $9.50. They've also recently opened up a second location in the south end of the city, to serve Windsorites that don't venture downtown very often.
These are my top five sushi spots in Windsor... what are yours? Is there a new spot I missed? Share your thoughts in the comments!