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.


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?


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!


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 sushi chefs working with expert precision at an incredibly fast pace, it’s worth watching while you wait for your feast to begin.


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!