Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Sushiro and Duck Duck Goose: Bringing Japanese pub food and Spanish tapas to Saskatoon
They are adapting the Japanese pub and Spanish tapas traditions to suit a Saskatoon audience, and it’s a welcome addition to our social and cultural environment.
Sushiro, on 10th Street just off Broadway Avenue, offers a varied selection of Japanese dishes accompanied by martinis (lychee sake, plum blossom plum wine), cocktails (wasabi Caesar), beer (Hitachino, Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo), wine and tea.
Fresh sushi is a central focus of the menu, but there is so much else as well. My absolute favourite is the Panko crusted mushroom risotto cakes drizzled with Japanese chilli mayo. The tempura sweet potato is also great and so are the fresh, crispy salads with carrot, daikon and even seaweed. I keep meaning to leave room for dessert because they sound intriguing.
Duck Duck Goose
The wine list is a mix of Spanish, Canadian and European wines with several offered by the glass. “We want to share what we love,” Megan says. “We’re not going to sell what we don’t know.”
The space is warm and authentic , respecting the historic nature of the building and the Broadway area while also adding a touch of whimsy. The old safe in the centre of the room is being used for storage, while its door has become a communal table. A chandelier and matching wall sconces from a hotel in Cairo feature antlered deer busts. The coffee menu is chalked onto the exposed brick chimney.
A restaurant’s success depends on its owners. It is their vision, their values and their personalities that are the determining factors. Megan and Todd are warm, caring people who offer high-quality food in a casual, art-filled environment. Enjoy!