561 Bryne Drive, Barrie
Fare: Japanese, All-You-Can-Eat
When it comes to sushi, less is more and more is less. The more you are served at a sushi restaurant, less it typically costs. The inverse of this statement is also true, which also goes hand-in-hand with quality.
The all-you-can-eat sushi joints around town have nearly identical menus with nearly identical pricing. One feature that they all share is the service staff are either prompt or lethargic. This can vary from each visit.
Diamond Sushi follows the all-you-can eat model, where you pay a nominal table fee to access an unlimited quantity of maki, nigiri, sushimi and garden variety kitchen dishes. Open since spring 2010, it is one of Barrie's newest restaurants. It is located in Barrie's south-end industrial/commercial complex, next to an H&R block, in which Diamond appears to have the same ambiance. The dining experience at Diamond can be likened to that of a trip to the bank, or wholesale flooring centre.
Although the scenery is not on par with with other sushi restaurants in town, the quality and selection of food can be compared with an average sushi restaurant in Toronto. Which is a big deal.
Take the spider roll for example. Usually a thick outside roll, with soft-shell crab tempura with avocado. Local spider rolls typically contain fake crab meat, which tastes still-born. Diamond's spider roll can be had with real crab meat, which in this reviewer's opinion, is alone worth the visit.
Another plus with Diamond: They sushi chefs are light on rice when preparing rolls and nigiri, when compared to others around town. This equates to more enjoyment of the sushi fillings, and less filler.
To conclude, Diamond may not be the ideal place to bring a first date, but offers a great place for you and your friends to get your sushi fix.