About Sushi Aoi:
One of several Japanese and Southeast Asian restaurants in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Sushi Aoi can be found in Oxford Plaza just off Yonge Street in the heart of Richmond Hill. Nestled among a host of value chains and other stores such as Shoppers Drug Mart, the eatery’s exterior is drab and unexciting – low slung, glass fronted with a mixture of red brick and black prefab roof. Inside, meanwhile, is the opposite: cosy, wood-panelled with a good amount of tables, booths and private screening sections with replica traditional Japanese shoji screen panels, creating an atmosphere that is relaxed, casual and good for families and groups who want to experience a little bit of Japan.
- Casual, cosy atmosphere
- Great for groups
- Large parking area in front
- Wheelchair accessible entrance
- Eat in or take away available
- Part of a busy strip mall
- Interior is not the largest
Richmond Hill is home to a diverse, multicultural community and Sushi Aoi fits in nicely, describing itself as the ‘best quality sushi’ in the area, offering ‘only the freshest ingredients, we make everything right when you order.’ The restaurant menu – for lunch and dinner – is extensive, with classics such as bento boxes, udon (thick noodle dishes) and classic maki selections, along with soups, salads, several appetisers and even ‘party trays’, the largest of which contains over one hundred pieces of sushi.
From the appetizers menu, diners can choose from items such as deep-fried dumplings, mixed (shrimp and veggie) tempura, and even sushi pizza with salmon, while lunch – served between 11.30 am and 4 pm – consists of a number of lunchtime specials, including California rolls, deluxe sashimi and spicy salmon rolls, all of which come with soup and salad. For evenings, patrons can choose from the A La Carte menu or Entrees and Combos; entrees include chicken teriyaki and tempura plates, while the combos – which again come with garden salad and miso soup – feature mixes of sushi and udon, tempura and teriyaki, and the ‘I Love Salmon’ choice. The drinks menu is small but has enough to wash down your meal, with canned pop, sparkling water and Japanese Ramune soft drinks available.
Online reviews for Sushi Aoi are limited to a handful of TripAdvisor and a good selection on Google and Yelp, with none on the restaurant’s Facebook page. One Google reviewer, in a glowing write-up, stated, ‘Absolutely amazing place!! Totally recommend! The sushi rolls were very big, and the ingredients were fresh. The customer service was outstanding’, while on Yelp another positive reviewer posted, ‘’a solid five stars from me! It's one of my favourite spots for sushi in Richmond Hill - great quality and very reasonably priced.’ There are several negative reviews for the premises on Google, with one customer stating, ‘Jacked up the prices and the variety and quality of fish is poor. Low-grade fish selection is given to you in the combos...’
Sushi Aoi offers to eat in, take away, and you can reserve a table or order food online via affiliate website SkiptheDishes.com. Its opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday, from 11.30 am to 10.30 pm, Sunday from 11.30 am to 10 pm.