Growl Review: Hoi Sushi Japanese Cuisine

Category: Growl Review

Lisa L.

Hoi Sushi Japanese Cuisine

By Lisa L.


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Image courtesy of hofluk on Flickr

Value
Yes, it’s all you can eat! GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Atmosphere
Modern, bright, and attractive. Poor acoustics. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
Service
Quite chaotic. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
Food
So much to choose from, something for everyone – even the non-sushi diner. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
Cleanliness
No complaints. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
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Review
Windsor Girls Growl™ visited Hoi Sushi Japanese Cuisine on November 21, 2012.

Hoi Sushi is located in the University of Windsor area at 2080 Wyandotte Street West, and as any Windsorite knows, parking can be difficult in that part of town. Hoi has its own parking lot adjacent to the building; however, this is a busy restaurant and the parking lot cannot accommodate a full house.

Hoi was a popular restaurant selection for Windsor Girls Growl™, and that evening brought out 10 Growlitas, many of us seasoned sushi eaters but also some first-timers. We were welcomed warmly and seated promptly; however, as our numbers grew, our space seemed to shrink twice as fast. This location is difficult for larger parties.

Japanese SoupsIt was a busy night, and we certainly contributed to the volume as our conversations got quite boisterous. It’s a place that you won’t need to worry about keeping your voice low, but also not a place for an intimate dinner.

Multiple servers assist each table, and I found that it could get confusing when ordering or receiving food. Sometimes food that was ordered never arrived, and asking questions about the menu was difficult because the servers do not always speak English well. Dishes piled up on the table and were not removed before more food was brought out. We also experienced delays in the taking of orders, and water glasses were not refilled.

I have been to this restaurant several times and have had the same experience at a table for two as I did this particular night at a table of ten. In all honesty, though, I believe that we were so enjoying the company and the sharing of food that the slight chaos was overlooked.

Tray of Assorted Sushi Rolls Served with ChopsticksWe ordered almost all the different types of sushi offered on the menu, with my favorite being the Green Dragon, but I have not met a piece of sushi I would not eat – and that includes the Monkey Roll (sushi with banana – mixed reviews on that one overall).

I thought that some of the rolls were slightly sloppy looking, but were very fresh and really tasty.

The hot and sour soup, seaweed salad, shrimp tempura, and pizza were some of the favorites at our table.

The most difficult part of ordering is understanding how many pieces you get with each type of food; for example, shrimp tempura is ordered per piece while sushi rolls can be six pieces. Care in ordering is essential, as leftover food is charged in addition to the all-you-can-eat price.

tempuraAn added bonus that Hoi offers is a discount off the regular all-you-can-eat price if you pay with cash, so make sure you leave your plastic at home.

Overall it was a really fun evening with lots of good food which satisfied my sushi craving (at least for a few days – I think I could eat sushi every other day!).

Lisa L.‘s Overall Rating
If you are aware of the lack of atmosphere and lacklustre service here, a satisfying and enjoyable meal can be had. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-HalfGpawRating-WholeFade
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Comments from fellow Growlers
Kelly W. said: “I saw some wistful glances from other patrons who looked like they wished they were with us and having a better time.”

Lisa M. said: “I woke up this morning still full from last night’s dinner. Now that’s some good eatin’!”

Have YOU visited Hoi Sushi?
Tell us about your experience!

Image (Lisa L.‘s user pic) courtesy of dusky / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Kimberley
    Twitter:
    February 24, 2013, 3:38 pm

    Sorry to have missed this particular Growl outing. Bummer about the service, but it sounds like the sushi is worth checking out. The husband is a big sushi fan, so we’ll have to try Hoi some time. 🙂

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  • Laurel R.
    Twitter:
    February 24, 2013, 5:20 pm

    I loved the mango salad (so fresh tasting!) and agree that the dragon roll was delicious (sorry, Lisa M., for nosing in on your order!). It was fun experiencing an “all-you-can-eat” dinner with a group – it gave us each the opportunity to try a whole lot of different menu items. I would go back to Hoi Sushi, though perhaps with a slightly smaller group this time!

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  • Julie B. March 2, 2013, 1:07 pm

    For those who think you have to love sushi to like this place, there are many other delicious items on the menu that you will enjoy and it might even encourage to try a few more sushi items as well.

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  • Sylvia V March 3, 2013, 7:00 am

    Lisa L., you captured the vibe of this event perfectly. In our case, the chaos and unpredictability added to the evening. I remember laughing so hard my stomach hurt! The pay-one-price allowed us to keep on ordering, sharing and tasting. Lisa M. inadvertently became the official orderer for the table and found within herself sharing skills she never knew she had!

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