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Sushi Ya

Sushi Ya, Kingston, OntarioLast month I did a bit of crowd sourcing, and requested your recommendations for happenin’ sushi spots in the Limestone City.  My call to bear chopsticks seemed rather popular, as it received 10 solid responses and nods to local restaurateurs.  With a little help from my friends, and a desire to try something other than Asha, last Friday I took the plunge with some take-out from Sushi Ya.

Sidetracking ever so slightly, I’ve always been interested in the transformation of the urban cityscape.  I find it interesting to learn about what used to be in a given location, such as Modern Furniture, which was once a theatre, and our former second mall, the Kingston Centre, which is now a big box complex.  With respect to Sushi Ya, which sits at 768 Princess Street, the previous tenants were none other than Dixie Lee, vendors of fried chicken and other greasy dishes.  I am not certain about the exact amount of time it took to transform the restaurant from a house of deep fryers to a strange looking sushi hut, but I was admittedly apprehensive to try out Sushi Ya.

Armed with your recommendations and a hostess with a history of successful feasts at Sushi Ya, we placed a modest-sized order.  Sushi Ya was definitely on par with what I had come to expect in terms of delivery times from sushi restos such as Asha.  The wait lasted about an hour, and when you’re hungry or in a hurry, that can seem a bit too long.  Regardless, the hunger pangs melted away soon after the first bite.  Our order consisted of edamame, vegetable tempura, California, spicy tekka and something called the red dragon.  The latter was by far one of the best dishes we ordered, but overall the food was delicious.

Again, Sushi Ya was pretty comparable to my past experiences in terms of quantity, quality and cost.  That’s not to say that this restaurant is average, rather, if you’re like me and enjoy something new now and again, Sushi Ya is something I could easily recommend. My only criticism was that they did not send enough chop sticks, however we didn’t specify how many we required.  Otherwise, they were a bit stingy with their wasabi and ginger, but I rarely get enough of either, even when supplies are vast.  For a little glimpse inside out styrofoam take out experience, check out the photos over on Kingstonist’s Flickr.

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Harvey Kirkpatrick

Harvey Kirkpatrick is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. His features curiously explore urban planning, what if scenarios, the local food scene and notable Kingstonians. Loves playing tourist and listening to rap music. Learn more about Harvey...

2 thoughts on “Sushi Ya

  • November 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm
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    Referring back to the last story about Sushi, I am sad to report that Discover Japan is no more :( Did I jinx it with my recommendation? The good news is that it is still a sushi restaurant so only time will tell if it’s any good. I’ll report back once I’ve tried it.

    As for Sushi Ya, it was good. There was nothing amazing about it and as someone who lives in the downtown core, I’d more likely get something closer by. Harvey, you mentioned that an hour is the average wait but I tend to eat take out sushi more than you and I’d say 15 minutes is average. I thought the wait for Sushi Ya, considering how much we ordered, was enough for me not to go back.

  • January 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm
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    I'm really happy with the location of Sushi Ya! I live near the Kingston Center, and I'm not keen on walking downtown when I'm in the mood for good sushi.

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