Osaka Sushi (Burnaby)

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Osaka Sushi, on Hastings and Gilmore in Burnaby, was voted the best sushi restaurant in Burnaby back in 2014 (according to signs posted outside the establishment).

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While their food might have won “Best of Burnaby” awards in the past, I would say their service was mediocre.

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The lady who served me looked grumpy. The staff spoke Cantonese – the lady and the cook did that – and also Mandarin – the lady did that to one of the younger girls working there. Remarkably, during the whole time I was there, there was just one phone call where someone ordered for a pick-up. And only one other person came in for another order – while nobody entered as a dine-in customer.

This was a Monday night at around 8 p.m. and one family of three was just leaving. The others eating at that time were staff. I guess the busy period was over.

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Speaking of period, the hockey game – Canucks vs. Wild – was on the flatscreen. I was there for most of the second period, and hahaha, the Canucks were losing.

I had the Prawn Teriyaki (C$9.95) and Karaage (C$5.50). Nothing special with the food, and definitely nothing good about the service. Perhaps the sushi’s better – the restaurant, after all, got an award for that a couple of years back!

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Sushimoto (Burnaby)

(This post originally appeared on “Let’s Eat Out Once A Week.”)

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From top to bottom: Ocean Roll; Philadelphia Roll; Red Hot Chili Roll – C$6.00; C$7.00; C$8.00

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Sushimoto, a Japanese restaurant located by Holdom SkyTrain Station (on Holdom Avenue and Lougheed Hwy), seems like a popular place for the young crowd. That’s my first impression anyway – not that I have any stats or evidence to back that up.

I was with A.C. at Sushimoto for a quick bite one Sunday evening earlier in July, and it was my first time eating there. Lots of cool-looking figurines and items inside.

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I did not realize that the panda bear figurine (at least that’s what I thought it was) was the container for the soy sauce, but A.C. somehow figured it out. Oh well.

A.C. ordered the Ocean Roll (C$6) and another item (which I can’t remember now), and I had the Red Hot Chili Roll (C$8) and Philadelphia Roll (C$7). The ocean roll (pictured at the top in the photo below) was California rolls with smoked salmon on top and spicy mayo, and I had a piece of it. It was pretty good.

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The red hot chili roll (pictured at the bottom) had chopped scallop with spicy tuna on top, plus green onion, spicy mayo, and spicy sauce. As for the Philadelphia roll (the middle tray), it was avocado with salmon and cream cheese along with smoked salmon on top. I know I liked one of my rolls but not the other – except that I can’t remember which was which now. I think probably the Philadelphia roll was the one I didn’t care much for.

Anyway, the service was fine. A.C. and I mainly talked about some marketing projects as we were eating, so I didn’t really take any notes about the food. During our visit, it wasn’t too, too busy, but I can totally see Sushimoto being packed on most nights. Seemed like a cool and cozy place to hang out with a group of buddies.

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