Chirashi Attack! Zero One Sushi

Zero One Sushi used to be my go-to place for raw fish bowls. But I totally buried the restaurant in the depths of my long-term-not-to-be-recalled-easily memory ever since that first bowl of chirashi from Sushi Mart. Although the freshness of ingredients and the substantial portion size of the chirashi from Sushi Mart definitely played a part in allowing it to become my new go-to chirashi place, its proximity to my home was probably the deciding factor.

I probably would never have purchased another raw fish bowl from Zero One Sushi if my wife and I had not gone on our recent chirashi binge. As tasty as the chirashi is from Sushi  Mart, having it five times in a two week span quickly makes its flavours and textures familiar…and boring.

So – as evidenced by my various Chirashi Attack! posts – we started trying out chirashi bowls from other places. Zero One Sushi was a natural choice for a revisit because we knew it served a good bowl of assorted raw fish on rice. The restaurant actually offers three different versions of chirashi: the regular chirashi don, the deluxe chirashi don (special B), and the gorgeous chirashi don (special C).

I ordered the gorgeours chirashi don while my wife ordered the deluxe chirashi don.

The only difference between the gorgeous chirashi and the deluxe chirashi was a slice (or 2?) of hamachi. This inclusion of the hamachi in the gorgeous chirashi comes at the cost of $3, which bumps up the cost of the gorgeous to a nice, round, odd number of $15. For $15, I expected to be full after finishing the bowl. I wasn’t. Not even close. The slice of albacore, slice of sockeye salmon, tiny nugget of scallop, thin piece of tamago, one shrimp, bit of tobiko/masago, and lump of red tuna probably equated to two-thirds of the amount of fish included in Sushi Mart’s $12.50 chirashi.

In terms of quality, I can confirm that every single piece of raw fish tasted fresh, and the size of the individual slices of fish were just right for one-bite enjoyment along with some rice. I thought that the size of the piece of correctly-sweetened tamago should’ve been a bit wider in circumference or thicker in girth for its spongy texture to be better enjoyed.

The single cooked shrimp was about average. It was pre-cooked, pre-peeled, and pre-cooled , which pretty much matched the state of every other piece of cooked shrimp in every other bowl of chirashi I’ve had recently.

I thought that the cheaper, possibly-pre-frozen tobiko/masago should’ve been replaced by fresh salmon roe, which I think is both more flavourful and a better textural match with the other components in the bowl.

My biggest complaint was with the lump of red tuna. From how it was listed on the menu, I expected the big eye tuna included in the chirashi bowl to be a full slice just like the full slices of the other types of fish on the same list of ingredients. But what was included in both bowls were lumps of chopped-up fish that made them feel like bits of leftover ends of the fish. The bits in the lump were too hacked-up to exhibit any of the normally enjoyable raw fish textures. The only characteristics of the red tuna I could detect were the slightly-bloody, metallic flavours of the big eye.

The two bowls of chirashi that my wife and I got from Zero One Sushi were mild disappointments. They simply could not compare to Sushi Mart’s chirashi in terms of quality, quantity, price, and overall value-for-money. Sushi Mart keeps its crown as the king of the local chirashi scene.

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About dontcallmeafoodblogger

Just like most people can think of a song that perfectly fits the mood of a moment or a particular situation, I often think about meals or dishes that would be perfect for a specific moment. Most of my thoughts are about food and I think in terms of food. To me, food is much more than something you ingest, desire, crave, or dislike. It relates to culture, to family, to politics, and to every other aspect of my life. I admit I might be a little obsessed and maybe even addicted to food, but I've been afflicted all my life. I was born with it and with this outlet for my food thoughts, I'll have a chance to run wild with it.
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