Exceptional, well-priced sushi in Abbotsford.
Soko means 'there' in Japanese. Whether the 'there' is in their Abbotsford or Sunshine restaurants or in your own home in front of your laptop is up to you — just get yourself to it.
The sushi is pretty damn spectacular no matter where you eat it. Head chef Sunny Tan is a nigiri sushi expert. With experience at Wasabi Bistro in the Mandarin Oriental Singapore and KL branches, Shoya Melbourne and Nobu, Sunny is a black belt with his sushi knife. All Soko sushi is made fresh to order, piece by piece.
Eating in at the Abbotsford outpost, exposed brick walls house simple small tables as well as bar seating where you can watch the chefs at work. Sunny's talent is showcased in the extensive nigiri , sushi and sashimi offer and his zensai, bowl and teishoku menus will have you at wasabi and cucumber gelato. That's right. Picture this: kingfish carpaccio atop paper thin slices of cucumber and radish, garnished with seaweed salad and wasabi and cucumber gelato ($25). A breathtaking dish, both in aesthetics and flavour, that will make you weak at the knees.
But grab a seat and settle in because the hits keep rolling. Soft shell crab nama harumaki — which is the Japanese word for Vietnamese spring roll — is a mash-up of all that is wonderful in a crisp yet melt-in-you-mouth deep-fried soft shell crab sitting jauntily on rice paper rolls made with the unexpected burst of jackfruit and fresh cucumber, pickles, and snow pea shoots ($16).
The rock lobster crispy rice ($10) is a chopstick challenge with its generous serving of rocklobster, squid, caviar, and kabayaki mixed in a spicy mayo on two crispy rice cakes. It is worth every bit of effort for the incredible range of flavours and textures. Wash it all down with some Japanese beer, cider or sake or a glass of local wine.
With food this good, there is huge demand — particularly through delivery. With 150-200 delivery orders each evening, Soko has launched a new delivery app. If you live within a 10-kilometre radius of their two restaurants you can order some seriously sensational sake, nigiri sushi and ramen to eat on your couch. Download the app or get down 'there' now.
Images: Jo Rittey.
Published on March 09, 2017 by Jo Rittey