~Review by Chuck Bradley
I noticed this new restaurant during a recent re-visit to Lanxang Lao-Thai Cuisine. It’s in the same strip mall near the Dollar Store. I remembered the location as having been a Submarine Sandwich place in its prior incarnation. The layout and décor has not changed. Their menu is displayed on a lighted wall unit where appealing photos of the dishes are featured. They offer nine Teriyaki meals, $3 Nigiri temptations which included Salmon, Tuna, Red Snapper, Octopus, Shrimp and Eel, twelve Sushi roll plates ranging in price from $3 to $7.50 and Side orders of Shrimp Tempura, Spring Rolls, Gyoza and Sesame Balls from $2 to$3. (I’m told these are the same folks who own Sushi Topia on State ST.)
I had the Chicken Teriyaki meal with Steamed Rice and Green Salad with a side of Gyoza. The chicken was all brown thigh meat and the salad consisted of Iceberg Lettuce, Shredded Red Cabbage and Julienned Carrots with a light creamy dressing. (Pretty pedestrian and not very Japanese, I thought.) The Chicken was good and the Teriyaki sauce was unremarkable. The Gyoza (5 pieces) was tasty, but the pieces were small and no dipping sauce was offered.
The counter person was chipper and friendly and the Chef/Owner thanked me with a smile as I left.
It was a good but not great lunch. I will return to try some of their Sushi plates another day. It is hard for me not to compare anyone’s Teriyaki with, the gold standard, Love Love’s Teriyaki which is less than two miles away. This, for me, makes Sushi To Go a lesser choice in this category.
Stay tuned. More to come on the Sushi plates!
Sushi To Go
5080 Commercial ST SE
Salem, OR 97306