I’ve tried many All You Can Eat sushi restaurants in Waterloo and Kitchener between 2008-2013. The first all you can eat restaurant I went to was Ye’s Sushi. It’s like an initiation restaurant for university students. Anywhere you went in first year, the upper years and fellow students would say, you have to go to Ye’s; you have to go to Morty’s. The second all you can eat restaurant I went to was in Kitchener and it was called Sushi Star. My friend introduced it to the rest of my friends and I and we would always go there for lunch if we wanted to eat sushi lunch buffet since the quality was better than Ye’s. Then Spring Rolls started their all you can eat buffet and I couldn’t resist its premium menu even though it’s much pricier compared to the other AYCE restaurants. I loved their lobster avocado salad, Thai basil eggplant lemongrass dish, Boston lobster tempura roll, mango creme brulee, and their New York tempura cheesecake. Then Sushi 99 and O’Yummy’s came along and they were cheaper compared to Spring Rolls and closer compared to Sushi Star. I went to Nara Sushi last month and they have black sesame ice cream on their AYCE menu! Their Royal Nara roll is also very delicious. Instead of using rice and seaweed to roll it, they use pink radish. My friends and I tried AYCE Sushi Itamae on Friday night since we got their 50% off coupon in the mail. Their seaweed salad is delicious however their miso soup is ok. Their salmon and red tuna sashimi are ok. The banana mango roll is interesting. I liked the chicken skewer however my friend favoured the beef skewer. Their tofu tempura isn’t worth it, the tofu was course, not soft. Their eggplant terriyaki is abit salty but good. Their terriyaki salmon, tempura yam, tempura shrimp are delicious. The egg tart is soggy. My friends and I loved their cheese mussels. The mango and green tea ice cream are ok. Overall, it’s worth it with the 50% off coupon but at regular price, not so much.
I went to Yummyaki in first and second year of university and it was a la carte back then. It was good quality and decently priced for a la carte. Last year, after a particularly grueling exam, my friends and I went to Watami. It’s quite pricey and it’s a la carte. I had the Ice and Fire Roll ($13.95). The Ice and Fire Roll consisted of baked red snapper on top of a shrimp tempura and crab roll. I also split the taro ice cream ($6.99) with 2 of my friends. Overall, Watami has good quality food but it’s quite pricey on a student budget. Recently I went to Tomu Sushi with another friend for dinner. She got the Red Dragon Roll ($12.95) while I got the salmon terriyaki sakura bento box ($15.95). Tomu sushi has 3 kinds of kimchi dishes. They are kimchi, beansprouts, and potatoes. We also got miso soup and salad. The Red Dragon Roll consists of shrimp tempura, avacado, tobiko, cucumbers and it’s topped with salmon. The salmon terriyaki sakura bento box includes 2 pieces of shrimp tempura, a selection of vegetable tempura including onion, broccoli, yam, sweet potato, zucchini, etc., japchae, 3 pieces of california sushi, salmon terriyaki, rice, salad and miso soup. It was delicious and extremely filling. There was alot more tempura than I expected. The salmon terriyaki was on a bed of beansprouts with terriyaki sauce drizzled around the side. Tomu Sushi is very generous with the wasabi. Overall, I was very satisfied with my dinner at Tomu Sushi and it’s cheaper than Watami.
My recommendation for all you can eat is Spring Rolls (dinner and premium menu), Sushi Star and Nara Sushi. If you want cheaper options in Waterloo then O’Yummy’s or Sushi 99. My recommendation for a la carte is Tomu Sushi.