It is definitely no secret that the Husband and I love sushi. We find ourselves eating it at least once a week. We are fortunate to live in the Bay Area where there is a plethora of sushi restaurants to choose from; however, the steep price tag of most of the sushi restaurants can hinder our frequent visits.
We have been spending thelast week and a half in Seattle and now British Columbia. We are staying in Burnaby just outside of downtown Vancouver and have been enjoying the gorgeous scenery and the fresh air. The other night we found a little sushi place on Kingsway (the main road here)called Sushi Garden. We decided to give it a try because of all the good reviews on Yelp. The place had a line out the door and was packed on a Friday night. We had about a 15-20 minute wait but it was SO WORTH IT!
Sushi Garden was amazing! The fish is so fresh that it makes you think they caught the fish 5 minutes before it ended up on your plate. The fish on the nigiri pieces are triple the size you would get at one of those sushi boat places and so smooth and silky the fish just melts in your mouth. I always think you may know what good sushi is until you go to a place like Sushi Garden and then have to re-evaluate your former belief systems.
Okay, so if the freshness, the massive size, and the delicious rolls were not enough…wait for it…this sushi was so cheap that we thought the server made a mistake on our bill. We have gone twice and both times, the same thing…outstanding sushi and a very very reasonable price tag. “Dear Sushi Garden, will you please move to the Bay Area???”
Love this cute drawing of their location on the back of their menu.
This place stays full.
There are about 5 sushi chefs behind the bar at any given time. The sushi is well prepared and quick.
Smoked salmon and tuna nigiri. Check out the size of these things!
Spicy tuna hand roll, or as they call it a spicy tuna cone.
Smoked salmon and cream cheese roll. This roll, commonly known as the Philly roll, was incredible. The smoked salmon was subtle but packed a mean punch at the finish.
Spicy chopped scalloped hand roll.
Wild salmon, ebi, salmon, masago, toro, and maguro nigiri.
Tuna roll and another smoked salmon roll.
Smoked salmon and crab roll. Love that they use real crab and not krab.
Gyoza. These were great but I do like mine a little more crispy on the outside.
Spicy scallop roll with tobiko.
Smoked salmon roll, spicy tuna roll, and Alaskan roll.
Our bill from the first visit. Less than $27.
Out bill from the second visit. Just a bit over $23. For all the sushi you saw above and the gyoza our two bills totalled $50. We have easily spent over $50 at a sushi boat place where the quality is not even in the same atmosphere as Sushi Garden. If you are ever in the Vancouver area… DO go to Sushi Garden. DO wait for a table. DO order a bunch of different items to taste. DO share this with your friends.
After seeing this place and the reasonable prices, the Husband and I couldn’t figure out why the restaurants in the Bay Area are charging an arm and a leg. Vancouver is an expensive city to visit so finding this gem of a place was a welcome sight…considering a value meal at Wendy’s was almost $10.
Cheers and happy eating!
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