Star sushi chef sam­ples the best Hawai­ian poke

T.O.’s sushi chef to the stars, Shoushin’s Jackie Lin, on the city’s trendi­est dish — poke. Imag­ine ce­viche and rice in a bowl where you pick your top­pings such as av­o­cado, sweet onions and more, and you have T.O.’s take on this tra­di­tional Hawai­ian dish.

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Dou­ble the fish

SUSHI SHOP, 2564 YONGE ST., $13.95 “Taste-wise, this is quite bal­anced. It’s a bit sweet be­cause of the teriyaki sauce and the may­on­naise. It’s nice to have the dif­fer­ent tex­tures and dif­fer­ent tastes of both salmon and tuna to­gether. This bowl bal­ances all the flavours the best from the salmon to the sea­weed [nori].”

The right rice

ROLLTATION, 207 DUN­DAS ST. W., $14.99 “It’s got a lot of dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents with the sea­weed salad, egg [tam­ago] and av­o­cado. The rice is the best in this one, it’s got the right tex­ture. I taste the tuna. It doesn’t have too much sea­son­ing, but I think they could’ve put in more of the wasabi mayo sauce.”

Korean kim­chi

HOKI POKÉ, 946 YONGE ST., $12.45 “This is quite Korean, with the kim­chi flavour. The umami soy sauce is good. Ev­ery­one uses mayo, be­cause it’s easy, but it doesn’t mat­ter what sauce you use if you use it in a right way. This has a good bal­ance of all the tastes in­cor­po­rated, but I’d pre­fer if the edamame was on the side.”

Ponzu per­fec­tion

BIG TUNA POKÉ BAR, 599 BLOOR ST. W., $10.95 “This one is a bit more re­fresh­ing. The ponzu sauce is sour and strong and goes well with the ahi tuna be­cause it’s not a very strong-tast­ing tuna. I can taste the sesame seeds but not the sweet onions and macadamia nuts, and the rice could be just a touch firmer.”

A spicy de­light

CALII LOVE, 367 KING ST. W., $14.95 “The black rice adds a chewy tex­ture, which is nice. I get all the flavours and the sweet onion, but the spice is strong from the sriracha aïoli and the jalapenos. It needs a bit more salt or soya sauce to pro­vide the salti­ness and bal­ance out all the spice.”

Sashimi sen­sa­tion

KABUKI SUSHI LOUNGE, 4 O’NEILL RD., $15 “This one has a good bal­ance too. It’s a lit­tle sweet with a lit­tle touch of sour. The sashimi cubes are all covered in the sauce, and this one is sea­soned well. They’ve put brown rice on one side and white rice on the other, but the sauce is the same through­out.”

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