Sherman's Food Adventures: Denji Sushi

Denji Sushi

After dropping off some of our Trophy cupcakes at Girl Smiley's house in Cloverdale, we were ready for a late dinner.  But where?  Yah, the area is not exactly the hotbed of culinary greatness, but hey, there must be some decent eats as the place is a growing community.  Oh and yah, we weren't looking for a chain restaurant nor fast food either.  Therefore, we settled on the nearby Denji Sushi, since Viv had just tried it a few weeks ago while she was visiting their house.

We started with the Assorted Tempura which arrived neatly plated as a fairly large portion.  Consisting of 4 ebi, sweet potato, yam, golden squash and green bean, it was interesting to see no carrot.  No matter, the tempura was prepared masterfully with a thin batter than was lightly crunchy and easy on the grease.  We thought the slices of potato and yam were ideal in size which ensured that they were cooked through while still retaining texture.  As for the ebi, they were still buttery and meaty after the deep fry.  I didn't like the green beans as they were old and stringy.  Next up was the Assorted Sashimi that was neatly arranged with sockeye salmon, albacore tuna, flounder, hokkigai, hotate, tako and tai.  I thought the tuna was pretty good as there was a noted sweetness.  The flounder was a surprise (as it is not often served) where it was firm and fresh-tasting.

For our sushi rolls, we got the Futomaki and Spicy Salmon Roll (as well as 2 tamago for my son...  yes, he is beginning to eat sushi...).  We found the rice appealingly chewy with a mild flavour.  The futomaki contained freshwater eel rather than the commonly found imitation crab in the GVRD.  We weren't fans of the spicy salmon as it was overprocessed having a slurry consistency.  It did taste good though.  For the kiddies, they shared a Chicken Teri-Don which was pretty large in portion size.  The rice was a bit soft, yet not too wet.  On top, there was a large piece of deboned chicken leg that was succulent and well-seasoned.  Unfortunately, the skin was rather fatty and unappealing.  In the end, Denji served its purpose and was fairly good with all things considered.

The Good:
- Generally carefully prepared food
- Friendly service

The Bad:
- On the pricier side
- Smallish sushi and sashimi