The Philly Roll

Story by Olivia Bosma, Photo by Lois Nuttall



Superior Outdoors


One way to tell if a restaurant is the real deal is if it is busy during the weekdays. As famous chef Gordon Ramsey once said, “Friday, Saturday, that will take care of itself naturally, [but] if you can fill it Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, you’re 90% of the way there.” Well, I had the pleasure of visiting Humble Fish for the first time on a Wednesday afternoon, and I can say without a doubt that it is the real deal. During my visit to the restaurant, which is located inside the Goods & Co. Market, I was given the chance to try the Philly roll, and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed every delicious bite. Made using rice, cucumber, cream cheese, carrot “lox,” and red onion, the fresh flavours in this sushi roll packed a punch. The light crunch of the vegetables, paired with the creaminess of the cream cheese and the firmness of the sticky rice, worked harmoniously to create a great combination of textures. You may be wondering why the word “lox” is in quotation marks. Typically, a Philadelphia roll is made using smoked salmon, not carrot. The reason behind this unique spin on a classic roll, created by head chef Adam Scarcello, is that Humble Fish focuses on ensuring that only the freshest ingredients make it into their dishes. “Our ‘lox’ rolls use marinated and roasted carrot, which takes on the taste of salmon,” says Dane Newbold, owner of Humble Fish. “Due to the nature of today's fishing industry challenges, we have decided to focus on healthy and fresh ingredients that are more readily available for our little sushi spot in the market.” Three magic words when it comes to food: delicious, fresh, local. And isn't that what we are all looking for when it comes to treating ourselves to a meal out? Maybe fresh or local aren't always on the checklist, but it is definitely a bonus. At Humble Fish, it is guaranteed. So, if you find yourself wanting to try a new restaurant or a new dish take a trip down to Humble Fish and try the Philly roll. Heck, try a few more rolls, too, while you’re at it. Treat yourself. Your tastebuds will thank you! Check out the Humble Fish sushi stand in Goods & Co Market.