4635 Kingsway AvenueBurnaby, BC V5H 4L3view map
Sushi Garden on Kingsway across from Metrotown is one of the busiest sushi restaurants in Burnaby. An busy generally means it must be good, right? Well, in this case that might hold true is the sushi is pretty good and certainly good value for the cost. However, don’t expect a fine dining experience as it feels like everyone is running on high adrenaline to meet the number of orders and the large crowd sitting and waiting along the front window.
We wanted to try one of their specialty rolls, thinking these wouldn’t be pre-prepared and extra time would go into making them compared with the generic California Rolls made en-mass. We chose the Chi Chee Roll, which is baked chicken and mozzarella that comes freshly cooked in tin foil. This roll was excellent but very, very rich. A perfect roll to share with a group of 4 people as two pieces of this rich-goodness were more than enough!
The Ikamite Roll also caught our attention as the description was simply “cuttlefish tempura”. Despite being a special roll, this was only fairly good and for the price, next time will opt to go for one of the Dynamite Rolls or something different.
We also ordered two vegetarian rolls: an Avocado roll and a Yam Tempura Roll. Both were very good and were fairly well prepared. The Yam Tempura Roll had a bit of crunch to it, which is sometimes missing when the tempura has been sitting around for awhile.
Lastly, we ordered the Deluxe Assorted Sushi Combo which comes with Tuna Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri, Ebi Nigiri, Tako Nigiri, Ika Nigiri, Hokiaai Nigiri, Amaebi Nigiri, Chopped Scallop Nigiri, Hamachi Nigiri, a Tuna Roll, and a Salmon Roll. All pieces of the nigiri were pretty good but had a bit too much rice under them and the amount of wassabi was inconsistent between pieces, which definitely awoke the senses when there was too much. The seafood on top was tasty and overall, the experience of the nigiri was very positive. It would have been nice to have a piece of Unagi.
The service was great and the food came very quickly. As mentioned, the staff are working on a heightened level of adrenaline and there is this feeling of being constantly watched by staff people waiting to see if you’re finished and get you out the door so your table is clear for the next group.
Despite the atmosphere, the food at Sushi Garden on Kingsway is pretty good and the prices are reasonable for what you get. I would definitely go back but might do so for a very late lunch or during a quieter time. Or, maybe takeout is the way to go with Sushi Garden.
Ate here on October 29, 2014
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