10709 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Sorry for the recent hiatus! I’ve had a lot going on in this last month. I went to Let’s Grill Sushi & Izakaya about a month ago with some friends! It’s located right on Jasper Ave, so for parking, side streets, or you can yas take public transit!
Let’s Grill Sushi & Izakaya is an izakaya, but also serves other Japanese cuisine such as sushi, sashimi, and traditional dishes such as pork katsu, chicken teriyaki, and ramen. An izakaya is a type of informal Japanese gastropub, and meant for a place where people can gather and drink while enjoying food. I went with a group of 4 so we ordered a variety of items to share!
For hot appetizers, we had their gyozas, takoyaki, and the pork belly skewers. The gyoza and takoyaki were both pretty good and similar quality as other places that you could find these dishes. The pork belly skewers were really good. Very tender and flavourful and came out piping hot! Really good, and for happy hour they are on special!
For a few cold appetizers, we got the beef tataki, tuna tataki, seafood carpaccio, and tako wasabi. The beef tataki was also pretty standard. Thinly sliced beef served with ponzu. Not bad and pretty good portion, so a must-order for beef tataki lovers. The Tuna tataki was similar as well, with a bit more citrus flavour from the yuzu, overall also very pleasant. The seafood carpaccio was probably my favourite out of these dishes, it had fresh salmon sashimi, served with some microgreens, olive oil, and yuzu. It was really refreshing and well balanced. I really enjoyed it. Lastly, the tako wasabi was incredibly strong in wasabi flavour. It was almost too strong to eat. I usually enjoy this dish because it’s easy to nibble on in between bites and is usually pretty cheap (it was 4$ here!). A bit too strong on the wasabi for me.
For sushi, we opted to go with their assorted sashimi and the pressed oshi sushi. The sashimi was really fresh and the cuts of fish were a bit thicker than most other places. It was really good and enjoyable. I really liked how they sandwiched the scallops between lemon wedges and it gave it a very citrus-ey flavour! I started doing that at home too when I eat sashimi!
Lastly, the salmon oshi sushi. Really good and enjoyable to eat! It comes with pressed and torched BC wild sockeye salmon, smoked salmon, jalapeno, and their house mayo. Overall, pretty good, but not as good as the pressed sushi at Dorinku.
I really enjoyed my experience at Let’s Grill Sushi & Izakaya! There aren’t too many Izakaya north of the river, this is a welcomed addition to the downtown scene. I also saw that a place called Yo Sushi is also opening beside Tsujiri, so I’ll have to keep my eye on that! Give it a try for yourself, but I think it’s pretty good! Edit: Recently heard that they’ve changed their sushi chef and sushi may or may not even be available.