As we were enjoying our delicious slices of pie from Savary Island Pie Company we noticed an interesting looking Japanese restaurant across the street, Ki-isu. Since we were craving sushi we decided to check it out. It might sound strange to eat sushi after pie but we love our pie and Savary Island closes at 7pm which prevented us from having pie after dinner. So after cleaning off our plates we crossed the street hoping to find some awesome sushi. And we did! This place knows how to make some scrumptious specialty rolls!
To start we ordered miso soup and tako sunomono.
Brown Rice Salmon Cake – Brown rice stacked with crunch, avocado salad, and tangy jalapeno Salmon and garnished with kizami nori. This was definitely my favorite roll of the night. I would come back just for this roll. The combination of spicy, salmon and crunch was just right.
Tuna Tataki Salad - Including “salad” in the name is a bit misleading on their part, since it was mostly just tuna tataki with some greens on the bottom for display. The tuna tataki was tasty but probably not memorable enough to distinguish it from tuna tataki from other restaurants.
Buddha’s Favorite Roll - New black brown rice with all the crunchiness of veggie (carrot, spinach, avocado, mushroom, lettuce, asparagus, red and yellow pepper) with balsamic flavour. Under this rolls description was “Vegi lovers will love this”. So I couldn’t resist getting it. Unfortunately, when we went to order it we were told that their black brown rice wasn’t ready yet and would take an hour to make. So we just got the Buddha Roll with brown rice. I was a little disappointed that I did not get to try their black brown rice so I just made another trip and ordered the salmon cake with black rice! It tasted just as good and I love that I have the option of changing a roll to black or brown rice.
The Spicy Tuna Roll and Chopped Scallop Roll tasted fresh and the spicy tuna had the right amount of spiciness to enjoy.
California Salad - Deep Fried California Roll with tossed salad and Taro Chips.
Crunch Crunch Roll (B’s Roll) - Spicy Tuna Roll with crunchy deep fried bits on top drizzled with mayo and a sweet sauce. This was recommended by a friend, so we were pretty excited to try it since the brown rice salmon cakes were so delicious. The roll was pretty good but it didn’t seem to titillate our taste buds the same way the salmon cakes did.
Overall:An excellent place to get special sushi rolls and other Japanese restaurant staples without breaking the bank. I'll definitely be back to try.
Service: 3.5 - only one waitress for the dinner rush including taking phone calls for take-out orders
*Our scoring system is out of 5. With 5 being the highest score.