In our city full of restaurants, sushi has become quite ubiquitous. My latest journey brings me to Chanoso’s and Oishii; owned and operated by Mark Boscariol and Mat Mathias. Once two very distinct restaurants that shared the same address, the two venues have since merged into one. Located at 255 Ouellette Avenue, the space possesses brilliant character, easily accommodating up to 90 people.
Upon entering you’re greeted by two tall wooden Buddha figures. Sleek pendant lamps and exposed brick give the space a very contemporary feel. The front of the restaurant is raised and lined with two long wooden benches shared by many tables. Although there’s a bar in Chanoso’s, the atmosphere remains family friendly. Nearly every time I have dined there, I have spotted a well-behaved child making an attempt at chopsticks. If you get the chance, I recommend sitting at the front where there are floor-to-ceiling windows that open like a set of French doors on a nice summer day.
I love when a sushi restaurant offers items for those that can’t appreciate a solid roll. Included on the menu are a create-your-own stir fry option, fajitas, and beef tenderloin; all at really reasonable prices. For the sushi enthusiast, you’ll be delighted to find plenty of simple and innovative signature rolls, along with a delicious ceviche. I highly recommend the South Detroit. For those that prefer some spice, the Stop Drop and Roll has the perfect amount of heat. Every meal starts with complimentary bread that’s always fresh. If you haven’t tried the Oishii sauce, it is definitely time to indulge. I fully appreciate that the chopsticks are disposable, yet there’s no need to snap them apart. Who hasn’t faced the unfortunate occurrence of uneven chopsticks?
If you’re planning a party and have been known to get down with fusion food, you should look into their catering and banquet options. There’s a party room in the back of Chanoso’s that offers seating for up to 24 people. The walls are colourful and textured, with lighting that compliments the room perfectly. If you’re planning a larger party, the space next door, previously exclusively Oishii, is used for banquets, accommodating up to 60 people. This room has a similar ambiance as Chanoso’s, with a little more edge. To access the space you walk right through the bookcase that’s next to the bar.
I suggest Monday’s All-You-Can-Eat Sushi; offering not just sushi but soups, salads and appetizers. The lunch costs $15.95 and dinner is $19.95, with extra added options. Everyone at the table must order AYCE.
If you’re into rock and roll and love beer, Thursday night would be up your alley. Rock and Roll Sushi is $25, which includes 20 pieces of sushi and a pitcher of Sapporo. Wednesdays are Uncorked night, with no added corkage fee if you bring your own wine.
Overall I give Chanoso’s and Oishii two thumbs up. Having been in business for over 15 years you know they must be doing something right. The space has great vibes, the staff is knowledgeable, the drinks are affordable and the sushi is fresh. I’ll be back soon, that’s for certain. I just need to muster up the balls to smash the huge gong next to the bar- it’s asking to get hit back there.
By: Nikki Antic
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