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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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It’s date night. And once again, we were craving for sushi, so we continued our journey in exploring sushi restaurants in Richmond. Tokyo Joe’s is always busy whenever we are in the area and take a peek inside, so on this day, we finally walked inside.

Food

We ordered a number of things, and unexpectedly, they all arrived on one big plate. The Salmon Sashimi tasted fresh, not too fatty and with firm texture. The slices were pretty big, too, and cost us $13.25. BanZai is still on top of our list for offering the best bang for the buck.

The Stamina Roll had unagi (BBQ eel), avocado, crab meat and smoked salmon. It was packed with lots of ingredients; with a good mix of sweetness from the BBQ eel sauce and saltiness in the smoked salmon. It reminded me of a dragon roll (crab meat, fake or not, with avocado, unagi and tobiko – but some dragon rolls may not have the crab meat part), which is what I usually order because I like unagi.

Salmon Sashimi + Stamina Roll + Chopped Scallop Roll + Negitoro Roll

The Chopped Scallop Roll, my sushi staple, was quite good.
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Looking for a quick dinner idea in Richmond, we stopped at BanZai Sushi House across from the Richmond Public Market. It was recommended by a family friend – I’m often skeptical about recommendations but I decided to give it a shot.

Food

As we perused the menu, we also looked around at our neighbours’ food and realized that their portions are pretty big. Therefore, we were careful about how much we ordered and hopefully just enough – leftover sushi is never good.

We ordered Tuna & Salmon Sashimi, and boy, these were some thick slices. We thought the size of salmon sashimi at Hi Genki was generous, but these were at least 2 times bigger. Salmon tasted fresh, meaty and fatty; I really enjoyed it, and I wish we had more to share. The tuna was pretty good too, but at certain bites the slices were a bit stringy. That being said, for $10.95 I thought this was a great deal for sashimi.

Tuna & Salmon Sashimi

For sushi rolls, we had one of my favourite rolls, Spicy Scallop Roll (top of the picture below). Usually restaurants would mix in the spicy sauce to mask the fishy taste of the not-so-fresh scallops. Because they just put a dollop of the hot sauce on top of the roll, the fishy taste was completely exposed and it wasn’t very pleasant. (more…)

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