Wa's Japanese Restaurant
1721 Centre St N
Another sushi entry today. This time, Wa's on Centre Street. The restaurant has been around for a while as evident in the number of small renovations to the old one storey building. Major efforts have been made to update the decor but the stains on the walls and tablecloths show this tiny restaurant has been through the wars. When you look pass all the stains and uninspiring interior design work and give the food a try, you will realize all that does not matter.
The sashimi was fresh, it just kind of melts in your mouth. Mmmmmm... I ordered my usuals. Sake, toro, tako, ama-ebi and hotategai. There's also a dynamite roll in there. The thing I love most about Wa's is their ama-ebi. Tobiko is set on the body of the shrimp to give it a different texture and additional flavour. The result is fantastic.
I also had the Tonkotsu Ramen. The Ramen is served in a hearty "creamy" pork bone broth. The flavour is very rich and oily as it is likely made from fat. Toppings at Wa's include seaweed, scallions, pickled ginger, bamboo shoots and a token slice of pork with sesame seeds sprinkled on top. The dried seaweed was very crispy despite being soaked in the broth and the pork was decent. I'm not a huge fan of the bamboo shoots or pickled ginger so I just kind of shoved them off to the side.
To finish it off, I had a Chawanmushi which is a Japanese steamed egg custard. It's more of an appetizer than a dessert, I just ordered it after the fact. The egg mixture was super smooth with a shrimp in the middle and topped with scallions, lemon peels and ikura (Salmon roe). The dashi (stock) is very light and had sweetness of the prawn. I would recommend the Chawanmushi for everyone to check out. It's a simple yet delicious dish that is not usually on people's minds when they head to a Japanese restaurant.