Normally, when you think sushi, downtown Windsor might not be the first place that comes to mind.  But it’s time to rethink that idea.  Our city centre is home to four great places to enjoy Japanese cuisine.

Oishii Sushi Lounge, Iguana Sushi Bar, The Sushi California Japanese Restaurant and Hikari are all located in the heart of downtown and each one offers up a unique experience.

Oishii Sushi Lounge, 255 Ouellette Avenue is a stylish, local hangout for sushi lovers.  If you’re on the run and are looking for an affordable, quick lunch, Oishii offers up a $6 meal that includes one roll, a bowl of miso soup and drink.


On Mondays it’s all you can eat sushi for $19.95 or head over with a group of friends on Thursdays for Rock N Roll Sushi where you’ll get 20 pieces of sushi and a bucket of 4 beers for $25.

Iguana Sushi Bar, 33 Chatham Street East, was Windsor’s first sushi restaurant and home of the amazing signature “Iguana Sauce”.  Have a seat at the sushi bar or, in warmer months, on their outdoor patio.  Iguana’s is definitely a hotspot in the downtown and is always a great spot to meet up with friends for a little sushi and maybe even a Sake or two.

If you are looking for a more classic Japanese setting then these next two restaurants will meet your needs.

Hikari, 345 Victoria Avenue, offers up traditional Japanese style seating for those wishing to truly partake in Japanese culture.  You can even indulge in a little Windsor history as the home-turned-restaurant is listed on the City’s heritage register.

Built in the Queen Anne Revival style in 1896, the Sutherland-Sheppard House was once home to Major Ralph F. Sheppard, a commander of the Essex Scottish, who served during World War II and was distinguished as a Member of the British Empire.  The unique, historic home, with its picturesque and ornate front porch only adds to the great experience inside.


Diners can have a seat at the sushi bar located on the first floor or make their way to the second level to enjoy their meal with traditional Japanese style seating.

Lunch at Hikari is always a great option.  For only $10.95 you’ll be treated to two small rolls, a large roll, house salad with a sweet dressing and a bowl of miso soup.  Now that’s a deal.

The Sushi California Japanese Restaurant, 128 University Avenue West, offers a relaxed casual environment where you can dine with family or friends and enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine and gourmet sushi and sashimi.

Order a la carte, or try the chef’s choice straight from the sushi bar.  The Sushi California even offers up Bento boxes which are single portion take out common in Japanese cuisine.

And there you have it!  Four great options for sushi in our city centre!  All unique and distinct from one another, yet each worthy of a trip.

So it’s definitely time to get downtown, enjoy some great sushi, drink a little sake and rediscover our city centre.

As seen in BizX Magazine