Sun Sushi : Duckworth Street

A few years back I was introduced to the concept of sushi. At first I was completely uninterested however, with time I became slightly intrigued. Finally, after much persuading, I took my first bite of a Spicy Broccoli Roll from Sun Sushi, and completely fell in love. Since this day I have had a deep love and serious addiction to all types of sushi. Sun Sushi quickly became my go-to place for sushi in St.John’s.

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Since then, Sun Sushi has opened a second location and launched All You Can Eat lunch. The original is located at 186 Duckworth Street while the new addition can be found at 16 Stavanger Drive. While I have been frequenting Sun Sushi for a few years now, I have yet to eat at their Stavanger Drive location. Therefore, this post is solely focusing on their downtown location.

Also, thanks to the incredibly convenient Travelling Table, you can also order Sun Sushi online for delivery. Check it out here. Because, we all know there’s nothing better than enjoying some amazing food in the comfort of your own home.

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With a recent renovation, Sun Sushi’s decor is clean and modern with additions of fun and bright, traditional-inspired decor and art.

Sun Sushi Duckworth Street Downtown St.John's Newfoundland Interior

Along with their interior re-jig, they did a menu revamp as well. Their menus are printed on large books with thick pages. It seems a little unnecessary but, in the end, I kind of enjoyed it!

They also have added chalk boards throughout the restaurant highlighting specials and customer favourites. This, I really appreciated. On my most recent trip there, it inspired me to try something new!

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First when you arrive, your server will bring you  a small bowl of Miso Soup. The traditional etiquette for consuming this is to drink the broth from the bowl and to use your chopsticks at the end to eat the remaining seaweed, scallions and tofu.

Miso Soup is typically quite high in sodium, but its warmth and smooth flavour is always comforting to me.

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Whenever I eat at Sun Sushi there are two appetizers that I just have to get, the House Salad with Avocado and the Gyoza.

The House Salad is a mix of lettuce, carrot, cabbage, avocado and a miso-dressing that is to die for. This starter is always fresh, crisp and delicious. Sometimes, I even save the salad bowl after the salad is gone to dip my sushi in – that is so wrong when it comes to etiquette, but it’s delicious. Sorry.

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Gyoza are dumplings that are filled with ground meat and vegetables then wrapped in a thin dough. These are also known as pot stickers. Traditionally, these are steamed however, Sun Sushi does theirs as a deep fry. Although this makes the dish slightly more greasy and hearty, it is certainly tasty.

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I have a few rolls that I love to eat here, but my must-try ones would be the Spicy Broccoli Roll and the Spicy Tuna Roll. If you are just starting out with sushi, I recommend trying the Spicy Broccoli Roll. It’s fresh, light and is a great way to introduce yourself to the cuisine without jumping straight into fish.

If you’re a veteran, there are tons of amazing options at Sun Sushi to get your sushi fix. I have yet to try the Sashimi here, but their Nigiri is fresh and delicious.

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I am continually getting confused between Sashimi and Nigiri – and believe I am not the only one. So, here are the three main terms broken down into simple definitions:

Sushi: Vinegared rice rolled with seaweed and other ingredients
Sashimi: A slice of raw fish, served on its own
Nigiri: A slice of raw fish laid on a bed of pressed vinegared rice

Below are a few of my favourites from Sun Sushi including Nigiri, Tokyo Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll and a Dragon Roll.

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Each serving of sushi will come accompanied by Pickled Ginger and Wasabi. Although, it is interesting to note that this is only common in Western cultures and is not typically seen in Japanese culture. Ginger is traditionally seen with only sushi and Wasabi is meant to be rolled into the rice of Nigiri or paired with Sashimi.

If you are new to the sushi game, you’ll want to try these. Both of these companions have qualities that are meant to enhance the flavour of your sushi. Wasabi can be quite hot, so use sparingly and the ginger, I find, serves as a great palate cleanser between different flavours.

Another honourable mention on the Sun Sushi menu is the Curry Rice Bowl with Chicken. If you like curry, this bowl is a must-try! It’s rich, flavourful and incredibly filling. Especially during the colder months, I tend to gravitate towards this dish.

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It is worth mentioning however, that in general, the service at Sun Sushi is typically lacking. Which, you tend not to mind. Once your table is stocked with delicious food, it’s really not too much of a bother that there are no servers around. But, do keep it in mind.

In any case, there is a much better way to enjoy Sun Sushi’s food – especially since the nice weather has finally hit us. My favourite way to enjoy a delicious sushi meal is to order take-out and devour my feast in the grass of the War Memorial or Harbourside Park.

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Also, I have a Pro-Tip for you! If you do take-out with Sun Sushi and spend more than (I think) $30, you get a free California Roll! So, if you’re going for bang-for-your-buck, do take-out!

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What is your favourite roll from Sun Sushi?


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Saigon Bistro: Vietnamese

Traditional Vietnamese food is known for being based on fresh ingredients, minimal use of oil and heavy reliance on herbs and vegetables. Because of this, Vietnamese cuisine is considered one the healthiest in the world. Saigon Bistro upholds all of these values by creating fresh, seemingly effortless, yet incredibly complex, dishes.

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Saigon Bistro, located at 11 Freshwater Road, is a family-run restaurant that is full of amazing talent. Over a decade after the closure of their parent’s restaurant, Saigon Cafe, Phung and Tuan Ly have revived their parent’s business model focused on authentic, fresh food and have condensed the menu to emphasize traditional Vietnamese. Their parents have even briefly come out of retirement to train new chefs and staff – so you can be sure the meal you’re getting is the real deal.

My first experience with Saigon Bistro however, was not in the warm, friendly environment that they have created at their small, cozy restaurant. It was in my own home – hair in a bun, no make-up, slippers on while cramming for my final exams. Yes, I’m talking delivery! I am going to tell you all about this amazing service very soon in a dedicated post, but as a head’s up: you should check out the Travelling Table.

Of course, when trying out any Vietnamese place, you have to try the Pho. So, we ordered the Phở Bò (Vietnamese Noodle Soup) with chicken. When you order Pho, the broth comes in the bowl with all the additions on a separate dish – this typically includes herbs, bean sprouts, hot sauce and noodles. The idea is to taste your broth and determine what you think needs to be added. You should tear up the herbs and add them into the broth, along with your other additions.

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It was a little shaken up upon arrival but honestly, I think it would have been much more messy if I had done it myself. Props to the Travelling Table for their amazing service!

We got a big bowl and added in all of the fresh, delicious ingredients. Of course, you don’t need to put it in a bowl, everything comes able to be eaten directly from the take-out dishes.

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The other dish we shared was the Bún Bì. This dish features rice vermicelli noodles with fresh herbs & spices, served with crispy Chả Giò (fried spring rolls), crushed roasted
peanuts and shredded pork topping.

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Again, the ingredients were incredibly fresh. The flavours of this dish at first taste are simple, but as the ingredients combine it becomes complex and a true experience.

I had reservations about the spring roll, anticipating that it would add an oily texture to the dish, but it didn’t at all. The light, crisp flakes blended perfectly with the textured dish while the filling was a perfect compliment to the flavours. I can’t wait to eat these spring rolls again – actually, the whole dish.

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My first tasting of Saigon Bistro was overwhelmingly perfect. Each dish had natural earthy flavours complimented by perfect amounts of sweet and spice that takes true talent and authenticity to achieve.

I can’t wait to try more of their food and hopefully experience it in the atmosphere of their restaurant.

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