I’ve been a semi-regular diner at Sushi Ya since roughly 2007, when my brother lived in an apartment directly above its old location near the corner of Abbot Road and Grand River Avenue. (Both Sushi Ya and my brother were forced to move shortly after so the properties could be redeveloped, and we all know how well that’s gone.) But somehow in my 10 years of eating at Sushu Ya, I didn’t know about the avocado don until last week.
Avocado don sounds like a friendly guy you might meet at a farmers market, but don here is short for donburi. Roughly translated as “rice bowl dish,” donburi is a catch-all term for a variety of Japanese comfort foods featuring meat or vegetables served over rice in a bowl. The star of Sushi Ya’s avocado don is a whole avocado that is stuffed with spicy crab salad and then fried in panko breading. It’s served in a bowl over a seaweed salad and rice.
The dish is both substantial and refreshing, somewhere between a salad, a sushi roll and a stir fry. The cool salad is a nice contrast to the warm avocado and rice, and the crab salad adds a nice, subtle kick to the creamy avocado. I tried to tough it out with chopsticks, but next time I’m going to swallow my pride and dig in with a fork.
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