In the GVRD, there are a few things that are for certain. These include high housing prices, bad traffic and lots of Chinese restaurants. But wait a minute, what do we see almost in every neighbourhood no matter where in the Lower Mainland? No, not poor parked luxury vehicles... That is reserved for a city with an airport nearby. Rather, it is the Japanese restaurant. They are more common than gas stations and banks. Sometimes, I wonder how they all survive. Consider Newton for example, there are 6 Japanese restaurants within a 3 block radius. Either they really love their sushi or something's gotta give.
Yup, something did give because 2 of them changed ownership and/or names including The Sushi Bar tucked behind Safeway along 72nd. I ended up visiting the place twice because I could only eat so much per visit. Yes, I have my limits, unlike Mijune... I went for their lunch special first where I chose Tempura and Chicken Teriyaki. I thought the tempura batter was a touch thick, especially with the ebi, yet it wasn't dense. Rather, it was crispy and not overly greasy. As for the chicken, it was juicy with a nicely sear and rendered skin. I liked how they were conservative with the sweet teriyaki sauce. For my second item, I had the Assorted Sashimi that featured reasonably-sized slices of fish. I thought it was decent enough with a nice sheen and no fishiness. Texturally, everything was okay, but the toro wasn't my favourite.
On my second visit, I decided to get takeout starting with the Rock n' Roll which looked like an oversized dynamite roll. With many of the same ingredients, it ate as such. I found the rice a bit dry where it lacked flavour. But it wasn't bad in the grand scheme of things. I also got an Oyako Don which was a pretty large portion. It was not bad with enough sauce penetrating the chewy rice. There was an ample amount of tender chicken mixed with egg. For the items that I got to try, they were more or less acceptable. I guess the value was there since the portions exceeded expectations. Nothing particularly interesting, but decent enough for a bite or take out.
- Friendly enough people
- Decent, but then again, was it memorable?
- Food comes out a bit slow