Sushi Bar Kilala

4749 Hastings Street, Burnaby, BC V5C 2K8 - map
Phone: (604) 298-4749
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Nestled between Pizza Hut and a used appliance store along Hastings Street in North Burnaby, Sushi Bar Kilala is easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. The sign out front has “Sushi” written in large letters and it wasn’t until we parked and walked to the front of the restaurant that we were able to read the rest of the restaurant’s name on the sign. With less than half-a-dozen tables, this place is small and if you’re planning on eating in, plan to be there early.

Nigiri at Kilala Sushi

Nigiri at Kilala Sushi

The food was great and the two staff went to extra pains ensuring the plates of food arrived timely and had good presentation. We even watched as the chef used a small blow torch to slightly braise the unagi, giving it that extra touch of deliciousness.

Left: Exterior of Sushi Bar Kilala, Right: The chef uses a torch to put the finishing touches on our sushi

Left: Exterior of Sushi Bar Kilala, Right: The chef uses a torch to put the finishing touches on our sushi

We ordered a BC Roll, Terriyaki Chicken Donburi, Unagi Pressed Sushi, Futo-Maki Roll, Vegetable Roll, Avocado Nigiri, Avonegi Roll, and Gomae. It all tasted really good! Of particular interest was the Unagi Pressed Sushi which is like a roll but has been pushed down in a wooden form and compacted with the BBQ Eel on top. Vegetarians will really enjoy the Futo-Maki Roll, which consists of shiitake mushroom, egg, spinach, cooked gourd, and cucumber (ordered without the fish powder). As well, the Avocado Nigiri was very well presented.

Vegetarians will enjoy the Futo-Maki Roll

Vegetarians will enjoy the Futo-Maki Roll

If I were being very picky and wanted to complain about something, I might suggest they change the fluorescent lights to something that gives a nicer ambiance but really, that’s just too much. Inside was very clean and they even raked the gravel around the plants outside so the rocks were in nice wavy lines. The fact that it is somewhat hidden and you don’t expect a sushi restaurant to be there gives it a sort of ambiance.

Vegetarian sushi with lots of Avocado

Vegetarian sushi with lots of Avocado

Sushi Bar Kilala was a nice discovery and it’s certainly a place we will return to. It wasn’t just the great food that we enjoyed but also it didn’t have that “frantic-ness” that some other nearby restaurants have. This made us feel relaxed and wanting more.

Unagi tops the Pressed Sushi

Unagi tops the Pressed Sushi

 

Ate here on August 18th, 2012
 

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