August 8: Brampton
August 8 Brampton
3776 Peel Centre Drive
Brampton, ON L6T 5T9
Despite this massive snow storm that dumped 10cm on our asses, we still drove 2 hours to get to Brampton (from Toronto), just for sushi. We are brave people (more like dumbasses) for doing it, but we definitely wanted our sushi fix and had been coaxed to coming from our friends in Brampton.
A lot of people don't like AYCE Sushi, and though I agree the quality isn't always the greatest (most actually just suck), but the variety is what I enjoy. It's not about the quantity. Well, this AYCE experience was not about that. We came as a group of 8 and put on a show that warranted closing this business down.
Firstly, let me start by saying that August 8 is an All You Can Eat Sushi place that has locations across the GTA, and their Brampton location looks to be the newest one. The interior was very clean and nice. The menu (iPad ordering kicks ass) has a wide range of sushi, sashimi, rolls, and hot items including dim sum! They had so many sushi choices, that it led to us ordering way more than we should have.
For sushi, we ordered pretty much anything and everything. There were about 24 pieces of salmon, unagi (sea eel), butterfish, white tuna, red tuna, crabmeat, shrimp, and spicy salmon. The nigiri was good. I thought they put a bit too much rice on each morsel, but most of these AYCE places tend to do that, so won't mark them much for that. The quality is not bad and the variety was a plus.
One of the nice things about dinner is that they have torched sushi, which has been popping up all over the place nowadays and I approve. The torched sushi had the nice "torched" flavor, but it was only a slight sear and could have used a bit more, though I assume they just wanted to get it out to us quickly. The sauce used on much of the torched sushi was a tad sweet but a nice complement to the vinegary rice.
The sushi rolls were done well too. The rolls were larger and didn't have as much rice. The flavors were there and I was a fan of some like the Red Dragon and the Crab Mango Roll. Others were a big letdown like their House Fried Roll (though I never was a fan of fried sushi rolls).
Outside of sushi, we did order some appetizers and dim sum. Much of it was hit and miss. The tatakis were fantastic. I loved the tuna and salmon tataki as they tasted fresh and had a light sear with a good coating of seasoning. The beef tataki was dry and unappetizing. The garlic beef and mushrooms were good. Tender little cubes of steak. The chicken wings were so good. Small crispy little wings that I probably could crush platters of. The shrimp dumplings and siu mai were awful, but did not care to eat that much as the sushi was slowly being rolled out onto the table. The beef skewers were also pretty bad as they had a bit of a sour taste to them.
We never did get the sashimi, because we asked them to cut us off. There was no chance we were going to be able to handle all of that. Thank God they stopped us.
Not only were they looking out for us, but the staff were all so friendly, funny, and accommodating. They really made us feel at home despite us doing our best to put them out of business (with all that sushi we were ordering). They were fast and always checked in on us. Great overall experience and will be back... just not anytime soon. Need to recover to make sure my body doesn't overdose on mercury.
Ambience: B | Service: A | Price: B+ | Food: B-