My wife and I enjoy sushi and make a point of seeking it out whenever we travel. The good news: even in landlocked Armenia, you can find sushi, at least in Yerevan. Just keep your expectations realistic. It won't be fresh from the sea, but it can still be quite good. The bad news: the service and ambiance may detract from the dining experience.
Smoking is allowed in 99% of the restaurants in Armenia. Unfortunately, Sushi Toria is in that 99%. The idea of a nonsmoking area in most Armenian restaurants means there is a table without an ashtray on it. The table next to yours can still have four guys chain-smoking away as if smoking will be banned after midnight. Something to keep in mind if you are nonsmokers, or, like my wife, extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke.
Regarding Sushi Toria, it was okay but there is plenty of potential if they really want to step up their game.
The dining area: There is a more formal dining area up front, with tables and chairs. There is a more casual/open area in the back adjacent to the bar and kitchen with tables and low sofas along the wall. Decor was nice, music was not Japanese, more like something you would hear on a pop/rock radio station.
Service: Slow, but satisfactory. We had to call out to get someone's attention from time to time even though the restaurant was not packed.
The Food: Hit and miss. Be forewarned, the food you receive will not necessarily resemble the pictures shown in the menu. For example: My wife likes Udon. After living in Japan for 5 years, she knows her Udon. The Udon shown in the menu had udon noodles. She was served Udon with ramen noodles. The rest: some good, some not so good. The Good: Spicy Tuna. So good, we ordered a follow-up serving. The not so good: Ebi Tempura, Gyoza (fried), Ebi Tempura Roll, Green Dragon sushi, and Fried Bananas with Chocolate.
Ebi Tempura: Tempura has a special taste and texture to it when done right. It should be dipped in batter and deep fried just long enough for it to come out light and crunchy. The Ebi Tempura came out closer to something one would associate to fried chicken. Good for Popeye's, not so good in a sushi place.
Gyoza: The gyoza served at Sushi Toria were not hand made which in itself is not necessarily a bad thing. But they were over-fried and did not taste good at all. I had the feeling the restaurant bought the cheapest gyoza they could find with minimal ingredients/filling.
Ebi Tempura Roll: We couldn't find any ebi in the roll. Seriously.
Green Dragon Sushi: Okay, but we wouldn't order it again.
Fried Bananas with Chocolate: We tried them for dessert. Would not recommend.
Would we go back? Yes, but only for the Spicy Tuna and perhaps to try some of the other spicy sushi entrees as well.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.