Feeling like sushi, so I dragged L with me after work for some. She recommended Sushi Garden in Burnaby, as it was close to our work. It’s supposedly good and cheap food.
We expected it to be busy and it was, but the wait wasn’t too bad. 5-10 minutes only. It was a good idea that they put their take-out menu at the waiting area so we could pick our food while waiting, so when we finally got seated we were able to order relatively quickly.
I’ve always had Negitoro Roll but never Negihama (hamachi), so I picked it. It was quite tasty. The green onions were quite prominent. However, I don’t know if I could taste the difference between this and Negitoro.
The other two rolls we chose were the House Roll (L) and the Tropical Dynamite Roll. They were both big and good.
House Roll had tamago, tobiko, kappa, crab, salmon and avocado. Some of the pieces were more like slices though, as the middle parts of the roll were sliced very thin. But then that way the whole piece fit in my mouth, so I guess it wasn’t a bad thing afterall.
The Tropical Dynamite Roll was the same, in that the middle part was in thin slices. This roll had prawn tempura, kappa, avocado (the dynamite part), pineapple, mango, smoked salmon, and cream cheese (the tropical part?). This was very very good. I liked it very much.
Having had the amazing Toro sashimi at Ichiro, both L and I longed for it again. I also saw that the pieces of toro on the next table’s nigiri sushi were very big, so that enticed me even more. We ordered the 1/2 order.
But we were disappointed. First of all, they were in weird shape, and kinda firm, not buttery soft and smooth as before. The taste tasted like normal tuna, and I suspected it had just thawed enough for consumption. So overall this was a miss. Good thing we only had the 1/2 order.
Last item was the Mentaiko Yakiudon. Flavor-wise, it wasn’t bad. There was flavor, just not enough. It wasn’t spicy, as it should’ve been. I suspect it’s not even Mentaiko to begin with, just regular tobiko. It was very Japanese-mayo-y. A good point was the udon itself. Firm and chewy, not soft and mushy. I’ll probably order it again but in a different preparation. At least they did put some Enoki mushrooms in it.
Overall it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either. Not sure what the hype was about the place. Sushi House seems to be similar and has cheaper prices. Perhaps one day I’ll come back.