When it comes to a good-ol’ relaxing meal, nothing spells appetizing ambiance better than genuine, freshly made sushi. In the search for a decent sushi restaurant, it is easy to overlook smaller, out-of-the-way spots as sketchy express meal locations. Mount Fuji is a prime example, where the only indication of an ethnic hideaway is the SUSHI sign looming by Oxford road: not exactly the most eloquent lure to the small location at 900 Oxford E.
This isolation is part of the appeal, as the warm hosts and quiet atmosphere are constant draws for regulars. The seating is offered in both a casual manner and Ta-ta-mi style rooms, complete with a sliding paper door and cushions to sit on.
The menu is well-priced, with a basic roll starting at $3.50. It includes all the Japanese-cuisine basics: rolls, a-la carte, sashimi (raw fish), tempura (deep-fried vegetables or meat), and miso soup. If you’re a sushi skeptic, fear not: there is a variety of cooked noodle, meat, and rice dishes that will appeal to the most finicky of eaters. Another cool feature is the takeout and delivery option at a mere $3.50 delivery fee.
Equally pleasing to the palette is the Nove Nove Italian Ristoranté located at 99 King St. It provides a casual atmosphere with traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine. It appears warm, romantic, and passionate with its bright red walls, and clean, contemporary design. The menu is decently priced, with entrées ranging from $10 to $30, and includes a variety of pastas, pizzas, and antipasto. Nove Nove is open Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
If your taste buds are calling for the flavours of the far east, Taste of India might be the right option for you. The restaurant is located at 182 York St., approximately one block from Richmond St.
Boasting a menu of traditional Indian cuisine (from Nan bread to Samosas to butter chicken), the moderately priced Taste of India will surely please. It even offers a selection of vegetarian dishes. Lunch is served Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from Monday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. They offer delivery, take-out, and a student discount to boot.
If you are hungry, and visiting the beautiful island of Mykonos for an authentic Greek meal is tempting but out of budget, you will be happy to know Greek cuisine will come to you. Mykonos Restaurant is a great place to grab a taste of authentic Greek food. With its classic Greek entrées and desserts, such as baklava, your Mykonos experience will be a cultural one. The restaurant it located at 572 Adelaide St.
Prices for appetizers range from $1.50 to $8; lunch, $15 to $20 (for two); and dinner, $40 to $50 (for two with one litre of wine). Hours are Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 9 p.m. For more information, phone 434-6736.
— With files from Kate Davis