Samurai Sushi

I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about Samurai yet! Not that I’ve really gone much recently though but here’s my post now! As you all know, Samurai is known for quantity over quality and everything is just huge! So it’s a good deal but not the best quality but you’ll be full for sure. They have two locations now, one across from Oakridge and one on Fraser and 49th.

Samurai Sushi

This was some sort of combo set which included the Alaska roll, 2pcs tuna nigiri, 2pcs salmon nigiri and 2pcs shrimp nigiri. Everything was okay except the shrimp was really bad it was like rubbery… Stick with fish.

Samurai SushiThis was half an order of the House roll. You really get your bang for your buck here! There’s lots of rice and imitation crab meat with lots of mayo.

Nothing fancy here but cheap and filling is great once in a while!

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Dream Sushi

Dream Sushi is a small restaurant located on the corner of Main and 28th. I’ve noticed it passing by but was never enticed to try them out until one of my co workers suggested we go for lunch. They have a lunch special where you can choose two items from a small selection of rolls and hot items for $6.50 and it comes with miso soup too. That’s not a bad deal if you get two rolls so it would be $3.25 each! The dinner special is $12.95 and you can choose 3 items and it comes with miso soup and salad. They also do a lot of specialty rolls which are all $8.95.

Dream Sushi

For my lunch special, I got the Pork Gyozas which comes with 3 pieces. These were fairly standard nothing special.

Dream Sushi

I also had the Spicy Salmon Roll too. It was alright and there wasn’t too much rice.

Dream Sushi

Chopped Scallop Roll and 2 pcs Toro Nigiri.

Dream Sushi

This was the Peking Duck Roll which was recommended by one of my co workers. It had duck in the middle and the crispy skin on top of the roll with some hoisin sauce, mayo and green onions. It tasted just like peking duck but with rice and rolled up haha It was interesting but not overly amazing. I would be interested in trying some of their other specialty rolls.

The sushi was affordable and it seems like it would be popular with locals but I’m not in a hurry to try it again.

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Sushi California

Sushi California is located on Broadway and Yukon next to Chronic Tacos and it never seemed particularly enticing to me but I had to try it someday. It’s a medium sized restaurant and it’s bright and inviting inside. All the servers were also really young.

Sushi CaliforniaWe started with some Tuna and Salmon sashimi. The slices were HUGE. It was almost on the brink of being difficult to eat. However it was a really good deal and fresh! It was about $8.95 for 9 slices which is pretty good since they were so big.

Sushi California

We also tried their Seafood Noodle Salad which came with dressing on the side. It had vermicelli noodles on the bottom, lettuce, seaweed, and a few pieces of seafood (octopus, shrimp, smoked salmon). This was also quite filling since there were a lot of noodles and after you mixed everything up it was quite tasty! There was also a hint of wasabi from the wasabi mayo. They also give you a lot of dressing and we didn’t have to use all of it. They could’ve had more seafood though! I was expecting more like a sashimi salad.

Sushi CaliforniaWe also ordered some rolls to share. The one on the tops is the Yellow Town roll. This was a California roll with something like coleslaw on top. I wouldn’t order this again because the flavour of the raw onions was just too strong. Sorry I don’t remember what else was in it! It just tasted like a salad mixture. I do like onions too but after eating 2 pieces it was a turn off. The other roll is the Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese II roll with tamago and something else? It was alright. There is also a Smoked Salmon Cream Cheese I roll which is more basic and cheaper.

Sushi California

This was the Las Vegas roll which was also my favourite! It had avocado and yam and a lot of sauce.

My only problem with their rolls is that they were loosely made and fell apart easily and this is not due to my lack of chopstick skills! Otherwise they were all large enough and you get your bang for your buck. They also have a lot of fusion rolls for $3.95-4.50!

So I had a pretty good experience here and I would definitely return again! They also seem pretty popular and it’s super close to the Broadway skytrain station. We went at around 9pm so maybe the service was better then? According to the reviews there seem to be a lot of complaints.

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Sushi Bella

After exploring Sushi Bella’s website online, I decided that it was a reasonably priced sushi place with menu items I’d like to eat. It seemed to be almost like an izakaya but with a lot more rolls and regular sushi house items. I also loved that their theme colour was turquoise. I’ve biased towards blue colours x) Sushi Bella has three locations: downtown, Kitsilano and North Vancouver. We visited the Kitsilano location on W4th avenue.

Sushi BellaFrom left to right: Ocean Dream roll, Paradise roll, Ugly Truth roll. They were all really tasty and interesting fusions. Especially the Ugly Truth roll which had “Bacon, asparagus, crab mix, cheesy chopped scallop tataki & bonito on top”. Mmm bacon! Need I say more? I’m still not over my bacon phase… The highlight of the Paradise roll was the mango salsa they had on top. Which was essentially cubes of mango with some refreshing sweet citrus dressing. The Ocean Dream roll had negitoro and avocado inside topped with tuna and a chili mayo sauce. All three rolls were very delicious!

Sushi BellaOn their daily specials menu, they had a Corn Cheese Croquette which sounded delicious (deep fried+cheese)! There were 3 large balls accompanied with a side of salad and mayo.

Sushi Bella

Close up!

Unfortunately this missed the mark for me. There was just way too much cheese and hardly any corn… the cheese just overpowered everything for me. If you like cheese though you might think differently. I think it was just cheddar cheese.

Sushi Bella

I noticed the Baked Dynamite on their menu and it sounded really good with various seafood items and lots of cheesy sauce. I don’t know why but I was in a cheesy mood that day. It had scallops, prawns, oysters, and some veggies like onions and mushrooms all covered in cheese. It actually looked like a baked seafood on rice dish from a HK style cafe minus the rice. We were informed that it would take longer for them to make this dish due to the baking. There was a decent amount of small seafood pieces. At least there were some veggies although it’s probably not healthy if they’re all covered in cheese. It was not bad but I wouldn’t order it again.

I wouldn’t mind coming back to try some of their other stuff like mango prawns or crispy crab cakes and sashimi nachos. If only they weren’t so far away because I would definitely visit more!

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The General Public

The General Public is the sister restaurant of the ever popular Eatery on W Broadway. I had a bit of trouble finding this at night because they have a black awning that blends in with the store next door and I didn’t see any obvious store sign. The interior was almost as funky as the Eatery but it was also newer and cleaner looking. However, it was really dark and hard to see the food so please excuse the horrible pictures. I’ve only been to the Eatery once and that was a while ago so I’m not going to compare them but like The Eatery, the menu had some interesting creations with funky names.

Bacon StripteaseWe started off with the Bacon Striptease which was four pieces of egg and flour battered and fried bacon drizzled with maple syrup and spicy mayo.  I think it looks a bit oily here but maybe that’s the maple syrup on top? The pieces of bacon looked big from all the batter but I don’t think it was actually that big. It tasted mostly like syrup and spicy mayo instead of the saltiness of bacon. We still enjoyed the crunchy and sweet combination but I wouldn’t order it again.

The General PublicOn the left we have Sushi PIzza Bites which were deep fried rice patties topped with spicy tuna. These were not bad but it seemed a bit pricey to me and not that special. On the right we have the Japanese Fortress which had spicy tuna and cucumber rolls topped with yam fries and mayo. The yam fries were really good and there was a decent amount too! It was probably better than the roll itself. I also noticed that the rice was falling apart and it looked like it was cut in a sloppy way. Maybe they thought they could hide it under the fries. In the front we have the Tataki Attack which had avocado, crab and scallop wrapped in seared albacore tuna. I didn’t really notice that the tuna was seared but this was a pretty good roll.

We also had a Pork Katsu Donburi but it was flavourless. We had to add copious amounts of soy sauce to it since the breaded pork was on the drier side and had no flavour and the rice was in large dry lumps… It could have used a lot more sauce and there was a lot of rice.

It’s an interesting place to try but it’s mostly for the ambiance and not the food.

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Risty’s Cafe and Sushi Bar

My friend introduced me to Risty’s last month after telling me that she gets take out all the time there. I was surprised there was this little gem in our neighbourhood. Located near the corner of Granville and 70th, Risty’s is a cafe that serves breakfast and burgers but it’s also a sushi restaurant as well. It was an odd combination but it seems to work for them. The interior is quite small, there were maybe 6 or 7 tables and a small bar area for seating.

Risty's Cafe and Sushi BarThey have a lot of special rolls which I like and prices seem reasonable but they have quite a few on the pricey side. As a sushi bar, they serve pretty much some of everything.

Risty's Cafe and Sushi BarWe ordered some Gomae. It wasn’t that great and I’ve had better.

Risty's Cafe and Sushi BarWe also ordered Agedashi Tofu, The tofu was more rectangular and flat and served with the sauce separately.

Risty's Cafe and Sushi BarThis was the Ocean roll with eel, avocado, mango and coconut flakes. Quite tasty because I love BBQ eel but the coconut flakes didn’t do anything for me. The mango was also very fresh and gave every bit a nice pop of sweetness.

Risty's Cafe and Sushi Bar

We also ordered the Oshinko roll and the Unagi Avocado roll. The Oshinko roll was on the bland side for me, the pickle just didn’t taste very pickled at all. The Unagi Avocado roll was standard.

Risty's Cafe and Sushi BarThis was the Yummy roll with yam, prawn tempura, eel, avocado, cucumber and cream cheese, The yam was served hot and fresh and there was a variety of different textures going on here!

Risty's Cafe and Sushi BarThen we had the Red Tuna roll with spicy tuna and cucumber inside and topped with masago and crispy bits. This was one of my favourite rolls because I like how it was crispy outside but soft and spicy on the inside.

Risty's Cafe and Sushi BarOkay I thought the last roll was pretty good already but this was like mind-blowingly good. Behold the Volcano roll! This had prawn tempura, cream cheese, eel, avocado, cucumber, and crab meat. It was suppose to come in 8 pieces but we got 10 but I’m not complaining! haha I thought Volcano rolls were suppose to be spicy but this one wasn’t. The plate was also sprinkled with a lot of crab meat and we finished that off too.

I realized almost all the rolls we ordered had eel in it haha I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food here despite the fact that it did look a tad shabby. I wouldn’t mind coming back and I’m sure they can deliver straight to my house too ;) Also they close at 9pm!

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AYCE @ E-Bei Sushi

I am not a fan of AYCE sushi anymore but my dad wanted to go for Mother’s Day and we hadn’t had AYCE for a long time. We quickly made a last minute reservation at E-Bei on Granville. I haven’t been there in 4 years and it pretty much looked the same as before except they added some booth seating I believe. Or my memory fails me.

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E-Bei Sushi

Here’s some of the food we ordered. I thought the quality might have been better than I remembered but nothing was really special. Food was fresh, presentable and came quickly. Unlike Ninkazu where they offer you a Lite and Deluxe AYCE menu, E-Bei just has one menu for $24.95 (+$1 for weekends). I thought their food selection was about the same was the Deluxe menu at Ninkazu. The restaurant was also not very busy so maybe Kyo is taking some of their business down the block.

PS. Park on the street because you have to pay for their parking lot.

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Jumbo Sushi: A Great Hole In the Wall Discovery

Jumbo Sushi is located right across from Richmond Centre in a small strip mall that I’ve never really paid attention to. If you’re driving by you’ll most likely miss it. I had read about it from other bloggers and it looked promising. Thank you Urbanspoon! The inside is very clean and simple looking with a few tables and plastic chairs. The walls are covered with pictures from the menu which makes ordering easier. Or harder if you’re indecisive like me! They seemed to have a lot of specialty rolls but at affordable prices.

Jumbo Sushi Menu

Jumbo Sushi Party Trays

These party trays look like they’re pretty good deals!

Jumbo Sushi

Jumbo Sushi

The other side!

From top to bottom: Sea Monster Roll, BC Lions Roll, Rainbow Roll, Firecracker Roll 

The Sea Monster Roll was covered in seaweed salad with a piece of shrimp tempura inside and unagi on top. I really liked this since I love seaweed!

Next up is the BC Lions Roll which had spicy salmon inside and salmon tempura on top. I thought the salmon tempura provided an interesting contrast to the raw salmon inside.

The Rainbow Roll was probably the roll that I was the least satisfied with since the fish on top was sliced quite thinly and it looked a bit mushy? Otherwise it was really cheap ~$5 so I can’t really complain if the quality reflects the price. Usually Rainbow rolls are around ~$9.

Finally we had the Firecracker Roll which was served warm. It consisted of  cooked tuna served inside a lightly fried roll with green onions, mayo and spicy sauce. I thought this was interesting too since it wasn’t really battered but still deep fried which made it slightly crunchy. It actually wasn’t weird that it was warm either.

Jumbo Sushi

We decided to go for one more roll which was the Jumbo Spicy Salmon Roll. This is pretty self explanatory and matched the description perfectly. There was spicy salmon inside the roll as well as on top. It was also topped with green onions and something crunchy like tempura batter. At this point I pretty much liked all their food so I have to say this was pretty good too! 

The sauces on the rolls provided them with enough flavour so that soy sauce wasn’t really needed. Each roll also came with 8 pieces although they might be on the smaller side. However, the pricing really makes up for it! Unlike Tokyo Joe’s (see my posts here and here), the rolls were also not falling apart either. The staff seem quite friendly too and you can help yourself to tea or water. The location is also convenient since it’s a short walk from the Canada Line. This is probably my new favourite hole in the wall sushi joint! =) Does anyone else have any other hole in the wall recommendations?

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Applause Japanese Restaurant

It was the second day of school and everyone was still in vacation mode so we decided to eat out after school at Applause. I was attempting to dine out after having my wisdom teeth removed and it had been a few days so I felt safe eating soft food. Avoiding food was so hard for a foodie like me! =( I never knew you had to open your mouth that wide to eat certain things… On the other hand, everything I couldn’t really eat looked much more appetizing! While I was sitting at the bar, I finally noticed that they actually have a menu board with daily specials/chef’s specials on it! I swear I’ve never seen it before!!! Maybe I will try some of those items next time.

IMAG0297It just so happened that we were sitting at the bar and I got to watch the chefs prepare all the food. All the food I couldn’t eat!!! T_____T” *DROOLS* (ok I admit this picture makes me look like a stalker since I was kinda hiding behind these plants…)

IMAG0298My friend ordered this combo … I forgot which one. Two pieces of the nigiri belong to my other friend though. This combo also comes with miso soup. The presentation was very nice and the fish looked very fresh. Couldn’t try this =(

IMAG0300Agedashi tofu! Something soft! Although I had to nibble through the crispy skin first. This was served piping hot and ok I don’t have much else to comment on since I don’t really like tofu that much anyway but it was good!

IMAG0299My other friend also ordered the Rainbow roll. I got to watch as they prepared it too. Apparently they wrap the entire roll in saran wrap before they cut it up! I think this is to make sure the fish don’t fall off in the process. The presentation was beautiful as well and it looked much more appetizing than the rolls at Tokyo Joe’s.

IMAG0301Finally I had the yakisoba with chicken. I noticed that they were a lot of bean sprouts mixed with the noodles along with some cabbage so you’ll definitely get a good portion of veggies with this. The noodles were well flavoured and the vegetables gave the dish a nice crunch. It was also not too oily and the chicken was tender enough although the pieces could have been bigger but the overall portion will make you very full anyway!

As usual, it was a solid meal at Applause. =)

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