Just the most kawaii food of them all
Sushi lovers, behold the doshi
Toronto has an insatiable appetite when it comes to food trends. Always on the lookout for fresh terms like “plant-based,” “poke” and “kamayan,” we never tire of the new. However, these trends never seem to start in Toronto, trickling down (or rather up) from America’s influencers, like New York City and L.A., or even further afield. But at Queen West’s new eatery Square Fish, the goal is to lead the charge. Enter the doshi.
During a stint living in N.Y.C., Square Fish co-owner Andrea Zhang found herself positioned in the heart of trend territory. Witnessing the progression of trends first-hand, she vowed to eventually do something for T.O.
“As proud Torontonians, we wanted to create something unique and put Toronto on the creative food map,” Zhang says.
This past summer, Zhang became enamoured with mosaic sushi, the Japanese trend that sees wee cubes of tile-like sushi fitted seamlessly together like a work of art. Zhang and her partners got to thinking. They wanted to open a shop serving mosaic sushi but were also intent on introducing their own creation to the menu. With the goal of creating an eyecatching grab ’n’ go item with hybrid appeal, there was plenty to consider. After three months of testing different iterations of sushi, they came up with the magic item: the doshi.
THE DOSHI’S DEBUT
The doshi transforms sushi in to the shape of a doughnut. Available in a clutch of variations (including shrimp, tuna or veg), the salmon outshines them all in terms of popularity. This super kawaii ( Japanese for cute) dish begins with the base: a deep-fried patty of white rice that reveals a cheddar centre when bitten into.
“The cheese-bottomed version won everybody’s heart!” notes Zhang, referring to the testing days. Imitation crab makes way for lettuce, kernels of corn and seaweed salad. Slips of cuke and mango are tucked into the mix, along with edamame, a smattering of crunchy tempura bits, tobiko and black sesame.
Two layers of salmon are found tucked just under and atop the second rice patty (made with sushi rice) as well as avocado. The insane mound of ingredients also gets a slathering of their signature spicy aioli.
One thing to note: although they recommend chomping into it burger style, be forewarned. This gets real messy. Square Fish, 461 Queen St. W., 416-603-7888
Square Fish’s adorable creation