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My family and I used to frequent Nagano near Coquitlam Centre a lot, before it’s closed temporarily due to a fire. Since then, we have been going to Matoi at Sunwood Square by Lougheed Highway.

Food

This time around, in addition to our usual staple, we also tried a few new things. First, Fresh Sea Urchin (uni). I mean, the whole thing! If you follow me on Instagram, then you would see the video of the live sea urchin as it arrived at our table. The flesh had some natural sweetness, not stringy, and didn’t have the unpleasant fishy taste that some may have. It was served with strips of nori (seaweed), and with a few drops of soy sauce, the taste of sea was accentuated. It’s not cheap but definitely an occasional treat that’s worth every nickel (as we phased out our pennies hehe).

Fresh Sea Urchin (Uni)

Usually Japanese restaurants serve Beef Sashimi almost tataki style, with a quick sear on the outside. Not here. It was straight up slices of raw beef, and with a dip into the yuzu based sauce, you can actually taste the beefy flavour. Our order had some nice marbling, so the meat slices just melt in your mouth. I was hesitant about the 100% raw beef but it was actually really good.

Beef Sashimi

We usually add conch to our soup, so Conch Shell Sashimi was a first for all of us. (more…)

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Mr. and I were in the mood for some sushi but I wanted something more delicate, so we ditched the obvious option in BanZai and ventured out to another sushi restaurant – Charcoal Sushi.

It’s more than sushi at Charcoal. You can also order Korean BBQ here with lots of meat options for grilling. Not wanting something too heavy, we stuck with the original sushi idea.

Food

We didn’t order too many dishes, only a couple of rolls and tempura. My must-have sushi, Chopped Scallop Roll, was quite good. It didn’t have the fishy taste that some may have, and the chopped scallops weren’t overdressed. It had a good rice-to-chopped-scallop ratio.

Chopped Scallop Roll

Then we wanted something more interesting, so we ordered the Charcoal Roll. It has prawn tempura, spicy tuna, then topped with a thin slice of avocado and salmon and drizzles of wasabi mayo and teriyaki sauce. (more…)

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I have to admit, sometimes I’m a sucker for daily deals. I’m still receiving numerous emails a day encouraging me to spend more money than I already do. This time, a friend of mine was intrigued by a deal from Hapa Umi. $22.50 per person for a 3-course dinner, a reasonable price. So we went for it.

The restaurant doesn’t offer a 3-course menu on a regular basis. Therefore a special 3-course dinner was put together for buyers of this deal. We had a choice of 3 items each for both appy and entree, and for dessert, we just chose from the regular dessert menu.

Hapa Umi table setting

Hapa Umi table setting

Food

In order to maximize the number of dishes that we could try, my friend and I ordered different dishes for each course. For appetizer, I picked Beef Tataki. When it arrived I saw 9 slices of beef sitting prettily on a plate, topped with garnish and sauce. Personally I think the slices were too thick, which made the meat a bit chewy. The green onion oil reminds me of the green onion/ginger oil that Chinese people dip their steamed chicken with. In fact, it tasted just like the one my mom makes at home. Along with the ponzu sauce, the green onion oil brought out the essence of the beef. It isn’t like any beef tataki that I’ve had in the past, but the flavour was pretty good.

Pemberton Meadows Beef Tataki

Pemberton Meadows Beef Tataki

My friend chose Tempura Oysters. The batter wasn’t your typical tempura batter, but more like the agedashi tofu batter. (more…)

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