Good sushi is as much a work of art as it is dinner; it looks so beautiful that you can’t help but Instagram it before you devour that Green Dragon Roll in all of two minutes.
Good sushi is also expensive, partly because fresh sushi-grade raw fish is expensive, and partly because of that art factor. Oh, and also the technique involved. The average person can probably learn how to cook a piece of steak on their own – but learning how to make sushi requires a lesson from someone who really knows what they’re doing.
There aren’t a wide variety of options available for learning this craft in Toronto, but if you are interested in trying your hand at the dish, we have a few ideas for you.
Sushi Making for the Soul
Billing themselves as “the most popular sushi class in the universe” Sushi Making For The Soul has earned a reputation as the class to attend if you want to learn how to make maki rolls or sashimi in the city. The introductory maki class costs $30 + tax and tip, and you can also purchase a take home sushi making kit for $30 so you can use those skills you just acquired to make sushi at home.
This sushi restaurant at The Thompson Hotel offers a sushi workshop that matches its price point to that of its location – $100 per person for a class where you will learn to make two maki rolls. If you prefer your decor fancy, this is a great option, but keep in mind they sell Groupons for this class. That means it tends to be oversold and you won’t get much one-on-one time if you need help rolling your sushi mat.
The Sushi Bar
If you prefer to learn in the comfort of your own home, Chef James Morry will custom create a class just for you and your friends. Cost varies depending on the number of people and what you want out of the class, and you’ll be required to supply napkins, plates and silverware (of course, it’s your home), but they will provide the rolling mats, knives, ingredients and cutting boards.
PC Cooking School
President’s Choice offers a variety of cooking classes at Loblaws St Clair Avenue West, and Chef Florence Kwok will be on hand to teach you how to make sushi in April. Cost per person is $40, and this won’t be your typical sushi – Florence is all about using non-traditional toppings and fillings to challenge your notion of what a roll should be.