I visited Hirado Sushi when spending an awesome afternoon on Commercial Drive's Car-Free Sunday. I would have to say having lunch here was the low point of my afternoon.
I was actually on my way to another sushi house two doors down, only to find out that they were closed for the festivities. Having a tremendous craving for sushi I knew I had to find a sushi house and I needed to find one soon. There were many sushi restaurants within walking distance but Hirado Sushi was right there, so I thought I would see how this sushi house fairs.
Strangely there are numerous positive reviews of this restaurant around the Internet. Pay no attention to them, as they will mislead you into having a terrible sushi experience. Upon entering the restaurant I was seated by the server right away. She took me order quickly and then I used the washroom. Their washroom looks like it has not been cleaned in quite some time and was quite filthy, similar to something you would find in the back alleys of Winnipeg. The seating arrangement was quite tight as with most restaurants paying a premium on Commercial Drive. There is no air conditioning, only two rotating fans haphazardly mounted onto a pillar. After what seemed like a long wait, the server brought my order to me. I always order the house specialties, and this time I ordered the Dragon Roll and Mexican Roll. Both were rather bland, with the flavour of avocado and sour cream overpowering anything else there. The presentation was lackluster and the server was as attentive as a mannequin. I was never asked if I was enjoying the meal, probably because she knew I wasn't. The chef never made eye contact with me and overall this experience was about as satisfactory as eating day-old sushi at a supermarket clearance counter while watching re-runs of CSI Miami. Overall the staff really seemed like they didn't want to be there and didn't even enjoy their employment for this company.
While this may all seem comedic, overall I try my best to look back and find something positive about my experience here and I can't find any. I wasted over an hour of my wages and an hour of my time to be disappointed with sub-standard service and a tasteless meal. I highly recommend walking past this sushi house and dining at the one two doors down.
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