Sushi Island: Grand Opening

In what seems to be a reoccurring trend of local restaurants shutting their doors, there is a light shining through! Located at 210 Water Street in downtown, St.John’s a new restaurant has just opened.

Sushi Island features a definitely western, and amazing, take on delicious Japanese sushi: all you can eat! Yes, let me repeat, all you can eat. For $16.99 (lunch) or $26.99 (dinner) you can feast your sushi-loving boots off.

Sushi Island NewfoundlandI will admit that I initially had reservations. Although I can be a bit gluttonous (I acknowledge this) I was worried that quantity may outweigh quality in an all-you-can-eat location. However, I was happily mistaken. The fish is extremely fresh with melt-in-your-mouth cuts and I believe they may have the best avocados on the island!

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If you’re not ready to take on the all-you-can-eat, don’t worry! Sushi Island does lunch specials for set prices as well, a perfect way to get your feet wet if you’re new to this delicious food.

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Sushi Island has tons of seating throughout its unique U-shaped restaurant with bright lighting and simple decor. The centre of attention is certainly the sushi bar itself, located in the front of the restaurant. With sushiย chefs working with expert precision at an incredibly fast pace, it’s worth watching while you wait for your feast to begin.

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Yes, I mentioned the wait. The only negative I have to mention for this new restaurant is the service – however, I have found this to be a common issue, with sushi restaurants in particular, in St.John’s. All staff are courteous and kind however, you should expect a bit of a wait before you are initially served, especially if they are busy. Being a new restaurant I gave the place a few tries before I settled on my opinions (3 tries, to be exact… yes, they’ve only been open about a week, I’m not embarrassed). Each time I have eaten, two all-you-can-eats and one take-out lunch special, the service as been slow and inattentive.

But, it’s worth it. Your mouth will be stuffed and your belly full, so who wants to talk to the server anyway?

One other side note is the actual method of ordering for the all-you-can-eat. On my second visit, I was with a groups of friends and we were a little irked (but mostly confused) that the single order sheet is for the entire table. So be sure you discuss what you’re ordering before your eager-beaver friend starts marking away.

Gyoza Sushi IslandOverall, I have enjoyed all my experiences at Sushi Island thoroughly and can’t wait to eat there again!


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Valentine’s Day: Newfoundland Chocolate Company

Being a sappy female, who is pretty into attention and treats, I have always liked Valentine’s Day. However, I have always had issue with the lame, heart-shaped, mediocre boxes of chocolates. Yuck! I must prefer flowers, a sweet date … or good chocolates.

This year a local chocolate company (which I may or may not visit frequently) did the most amazing thing for Valentine’s Day – they made the chocolates not only delicious and cute, but also hilarious! Their social media campaign has gone viral in our province and is receiving huge reaction.

The Newfoundland Chocolate Company opened their location on Duckworth Street in the picturesque downtown of St.John’s, Newfoundland in 2010 and have been thriving since inception. With chocolate dripping from the awning and elaborate window displays of chocolate, you are immediately drawn in to this delicious little shop.

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Upon entering you’re greeted with a smile and a friendly ‘hello’ and almost always handed a piece of chocolate to savour while you deliberate what you must take with you (it’s always more than you need, but it’s worth it)!

Their Valentine’s chocolate bars have been my favourite campaign of theirs so far – my second favourite is the gorgeous collection of chocolate shoes. If you are familiar with Newfoundland dialect, the adorable packaging of these chocolate treats will make complete sense. If you have no concept, don’t worry – come visit us! If you can’t visit, I will direct you to the youtube page of a local comedian (please note, the accents are heavily exaggerated here, but you’ll get the idea).

These caramel-filled bars of deliciousness are labelled with terms of endearment from Newfoundland dialect. Something that makes us unique, draws us together and lets us have a good laugh at ourselves – if Valentine’s is really about anything, that’s exactly what it should be.

My best friend set off on a journey last August to spend a year in Australia and backpacking through South-East Asia. When I seen these treats, I knew I had to send them along, they are the perfect way to show love, belonging, share a laugh and of course, a delicious treat.

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(Disclaimer – I did eat one before sending, I’m so sorry – I couldn’t resist)