Food Porn: Koi Sushi

On a spontaneous weekday lunch, some coworkers and I we were in the mood for sushi and figured we’d try Koi Sushi since it was still on our “to try” list (it’s actually surprising how many sushi restaurants are in Getzville/East Amherst).  We sat down and were handed their checklist-style lunch menu (pictured in gallery).  Our server said “order as much as you’d like” and left to bring us drinks. We were shocked that it was “all you could eat” and my coworkers soon became ecstatic thinking they were going to give them a run for their money.  I’m normally a sucker for great deals and cheap eats, but I wasn’t feeling that confident on what we were about to eat.

During my last trip to Toronto I noticed how many “all you can eat” sushi restaurants they had while walking around Chinatown.  At the time I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I only assumed that “all you can eat” sushi had to be low quality.  Especially with all of the recent news about “tuna scrape”, I’m very skeptical about ordering massive amounts of discounted raw fish.

That first visit was about 6 months ago and after finding out that Koi had just recently changed their restaurant and menu, I decided a second trip was needed before I could write about our meal.  Last week I went by with my old coworker Sue and believe I can do a proper write up, here’s a summary of those two visits.

Quick Info

  • Restaurant Type: Casual, All You Can Eat
  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Location: Getzville
  • Prices: Lunch $13/person, Dinner $23/person

The location is actually very nice, the dining room feels newly remodeled and clean with dark wooden tables and very nice sushi bar.  They were playing some awesome music on our first visit, I heard some of my favorites in indie rock (Cake, Mumford & Sons to name a few).  Since we were so surprised, my coworkers and I weren’t ready to order “all we could eat” and we cautiously ordered a couple items for each of us.  Mostly various sushi rolls and a couple soups; the portion sizes were on par with a normal sushi restaurant.

The sushi was just alright, in fairness between the massive amount of spicy mayo and panko crumbs you couldn’t really taste the fish.  The texture on both the salmon and roe wasn’t that great on my sushi pieces.  It wasn’t the worst sushi I’ve ever had but I wasn’t rushing to order more.  The most intriguing menu item that was ordered in our group was easily the Spicy Tuna Pizza (pictured below, top), a deep fried rice patty with a combination of mayo, siracha and tuna (emphasis on the mayo) and some roe in the middle.  It’s definitely not a dish that your eating to enjoy a really fresh tuna, but it was delicious in a completely embarrassing way.  If they reduced the amount of mayo in the dish I would order it on a semi regular basis.

I also tried their Fried Chicken (katsu) Udon (pictured below, middle); the chicken was pounded thin and deep fried and had a nice crunch but was dry and lacking the flavor that we enjoyed so much at Kung Food.  The soup that was served on the side had an OK broth but the texture of the noodles was pretty slimy.

On the last trip I tried their gyoza (pictured above, bottom), which I guess would be myy favorite of all the items that I ordered on either trip.  They were pan fried to have just enough crunch on the bottom but had a sweet sugary soy sauce inside with tender pork.  They were incredibly tiny so an order of four could easily be for just one diner.  We also tried several more sushi rolls and again noticed that the flavor of the sushi was masked heavily with other ingredients.

Make sure you don’t order more then you can actually eat though, if you have a large amount of leftovers they will actually charge you a “take out fee”.  If you finish your first order they will bring another menu over and you can go for seconds, so start slow.  If you are a fan of sashimi or want good quality fish, I’d recommend just eating at another nearby sushi restaurant and spending the extra dollars.  However, if you enjoy a Philadelphia roll or spicy tuna purely for the mayo and other masking ingredients, then you’ll probably enjoy Koi Sushi.  If you go with a big appetite, you will get your moneys worth but I’d recommend sticking with some of their non sushi options.

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2 thoughts on “Food Porn: Koi Sushi

  1. Savannah

    I really enjoy this sushi place.They are very polite and always on top of there game when it comes to prepairing my sushi. I have visited many times and i come right from the school across the street, i love there $12.99 a person ALL YOU CAN EAT!!! lunch special i believe that it is a little more for dinner but there sushi is very good. i have never had a bad experiance with the food or service. If you are in the area this would be a very good returant to try out!!! CHECKKK IT OUTTTTTT!!!!!

  2. jonathan Wong

    Horrible place. The food took 45 minutes to come out. And when it comes out, it is not what you ordered. It will be a good place if I have all day to spend there. I saw people left because they were just too busy. I left the all you can eat Koi sushi feeling hungry. Will not go there again!

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