Let's talk sushi | Totto Sushi & Grill
Picture it. A dimly lit room with a long bar lining the right wall. The glass is filled with colorful, fresh fish. Behind the bar, focused chefs in black coats and hats roll intricate combinations into cylindrical packages of rice and seaweed. Odd as it may sound, if you listen closely, 90s era R&B is likely piping through the air. Staff clad in black lead you to your seat. The room is dark. The tables are dark. The food is bright - delightful contrast.
This is Totto Sushi & Grill. A small spot with few windows tucked into a multi-use building on Frazier Avenue. When I tell someone this is my favorite sushi spot in town, often they don’t know where it is. There is so much happening on the street I can see how this place might be overlooked, but if you’re in the mood for some fresh sake nigiri, this is the place to go.
I can list several things I love about this sushi joint. They offer an all-you-can-eat sushi buffet Monday thru Saturday during lunch for around $13, and I am not afraid of the buffet at all. Traditionally, I would not condone sushi sitting on a buffet (honestly, I hate buffets of all kinds), but they keep everything very fresh here and all of the food is kept covered. To be straight forward - it is very good. There are also dumplings (the best in town) and other hot food included. It is a go-to lunch stop for me, and if I happen to be dining with someone who is a sushi virgin I always suggest this place. It is the perfect opportunity to try lots of new, tasty things without starving if you don’t become a convert.
If the buffet isn’t you draw, Totto also keeps the daily specials coming once dinner rolls around. Wine and beer are often 1/2 price and house rolls are 1/2 price on Tuesday and Sunday - this is where they really get me. Tuesdays and Sundays are the best! Sushi is a comfort food for me. I honestly crave it, and it is a craving nothing else can satisfy. Wednesdays are pretty specular as well, as it is wine night (and wine is everything).
If you’re curious about stopping by Totto, but are afraid to branch away from your usual sushi place (or try sushi at all). I have a few clear favorites on the house roll list, and I don’t mind at all to share. (If you go here and order a California roll, so help me, I will find you. Don’t do that. Don’t.)
To me, the Totto Roll and the Chef’s Special Roll are staples in my diet. If it isn’t a day for celebration, (Sunday or Tuesday), and you find yourself looking at the list of regular rolls, I suggest grabbing a Rainbow Roll and a few pieces of sake nigiri. The salmon has always been delightfully fresh, and to me this is the perfect bite. I will share a few descriptions below, just in case you’re interested.
Totto Roll - crab, cucumber, avocado, fried shrimp, fresh salmon and tuna on top, drizzled with coma and eel sauce
Chef’s Special Roll - card, cucumber, avocado, fried shrimp, topped with fresh salmon, tuna, cooked shrimp, yellow tail, red snapper and avocado, drizzled with coma and eel sauce
The menu is also loaded with spicy options, if you’re into that. Mr. K loves the North Shore Roll (though it sets my mouth on fire).