Hi Genki Japanese Restaurant is located in Burnaby next door to the National Nikkei Heritage Centre and open for lunch and dinner to the public.
We leave in a neighborhood and came by recently for dinner.
I would not call this place a "restaurant", it is more of an "eatery". To explain - it is located on the first floor of the nursing facility, right by its front entrance. Dining area is separated from the rest of the space by 3 foot wall. Therefore the ambiance is pretty much non-existent, it's like eating in a hospital cafe.
The service is nothing spectacular, but no complaints either; they earn their tips. You are being sit when you come in and they bring the check to your table.
The food is OK. I had tonkatsu (pork cutlet) curry, which I tend to order in all Japanese places, and while it was not the best, it was nevertheless very decent. As other people noted, they start you with a steamed egg with mushrooms and shrimp appetizer. Tea is provided as well. Portion sizes are substantial, you won't leave hungry.
There is no sushi on the menu, but it has Donburi, Soba, Curry and one other section as well as a list of side dishes. They also have a set of specials listed on a separate piece of paper, which are presented on a small table by the entrance. Though they do not look that .. err .. appealing.
All in all, this place is similar to Matsuzushi in Coquitlam. If compared, I like Matsuzishi better; in part because it also has a small Japanese store attached to the restaurant.
My sister kept raving to me about this place so I decided to try it with my boyfriend when we were in the area one day. It was pretty easy to find, as well as parking. I ordered the deep fried chicken teriyaki donburi. It was different for sure...it had large purple/greenish leaves all over the rice (didn't care too much for the taste), large portions of chicken and rice. I couldn't finish it so I just ate the chicken and left about 1/3 of the rice. My boyfriend ordered the sashimi bento. His comments were that it was good, but that it was comparable to other Japanese restaurants we've eaten at. We also got the potato croquettte...it came with a sauce that tasted like Lea&Perrins sauce. It was okay but kind of pricy. I wouldn't order it again. For tea, we had to flag down the waitresses...the place wasn't that busy but they weren't that attentive. To get the bill, we had to wait 10 minutes too. For 2 ppl, bill came to about $28. I probably wouldn't go there again because there are other places in Burnaby that I prefer. Ambience...there's none to speak of. But what do you expect for a retirement home? It's just a place for some home-cooked style comfort food, I guess.
My family went to Japan on holiday and became addicted to tonkatsu, a breaded and fried pork cutlet. By far our favourite way to eat this is in a "donburi", a bowl of hot rice topped with cooked egg, soy sauce, onions and the marvellous tonkatsu. When we got back home to Burnaby, my cravings for "katsudon" became overpowering. Enter Hi Genki!
Since discovering this restaurant's charms in June, we've become regular customers. The staff are polite and friendly, and very patient as I try out my Japanese on them. I never feel like I'm being given less attention for being non-Japanese, as sometimes happens in other restaurants. The atmosphere, as others have mentioned, is clean and comfortable though you never forget you're in the cafeteria of a seniors' home. However, once the food arrives (and it's always quick, piping hot and marvellously inexpensive) you forget the surroundings. This is great Japanese home-style cooking, with hot rice, miso soup and a lovely variety of fish and meat dishes. Portion sizes are generous; I can never finish all my rice! The daily specials rotate often and there are even sample plates near the entrance, just like you'd find in any restaurant in Japan. (Note their samples are real, not made of plastic...) Their udon gets my teen daughter's seal of approval, and best of all, their katsudon takes me right back to the katsuya in Tokyo... it's addictive. おいしいよ！
Went to this place for lunch today with the wife. I had the Miso chicken meal (which comes with miso soup and rice) and a Gomae. The wife ordered a salmon and egg over rice bowl, which also came with miso soup. Both were entrees were quite flavorful without being too strong on the saltiness. The place was full and for good reason. Good quality food for the amount you pay. Including tax and tip lunch was $20 for both of us. Service was also solid. Good experience.
went here today for lunch cuz its nearby. my friend ordered the chicken curry and i ordered the unagi don. The unagi don wasn't good as i expected, it was missing the smokiness and didn't have the sweet sauce. I don't think the unagi was grilled, which is what i'm used to. Selection here isn't that bad, they have a few daily lunch specials to choose from. Prices are reasonable as well. No sushi, but they have takoyaki and potato croquettes. The takoyaki are quite good. Theres nothing to look at here, just go here to eat. I would go back, but not for the unagi don.
I like Fujiya delis, it's been a business I trust. I've heard they run a Japanese restaurant in Burnaby, and I work not far from there, I decided to give it a try.
It's not too easy to find, there's no sign on Kingsway, but I checked the map before I left, so there was no problem finding my way. They have free undground parking.
Because it's on the 1st floor of Japanese senior housing, so it really looks like a hospital cafeteria. It looked clean and tidy though.
Soon as I was given a table, I was greeted with a pot of free tea. I went for lunch time, they have lunch menu till 4pm., most main dishes running between 5 and 10 dollars.
I was interested in takoyaki (kind of like mazzo balls with octopus pieces inside) and croquettes, but I would't settle for any frozen food. So I asked my waitress, and I love when they're honest. She told me both are from frozen, not homemade. So I picked teriyaki chicken rice ball and deep fried tofu. It was quick to have my dishes, nice and hot. My teriyaki chicken was authentic, not like those at foodcourt with full of gooey sauce. Deep fried tofu wasn't the best I've had in my life, but it was above average, with nice topping with minced radish and bonito flakes (dried smoked tuna), which was also authentic.
The service provided by my waitress was prompt and attentive.
This is a great place for quick lunch for your self or with your family and friends, but not for romatic dinner.
Being in Vancouver, I don't mind the absense of sushi, hundreds of other restaurants offer that. If you're looking for Japanese home cooking, this is the place.
We've been coming here for years. Food is always fresh, tasty and a good value. However, this place can no longer be considered a hidden gem. Came today at 11:50am, waited 25 mins to be seated (party of 2) and just received 1 entree, still waiting for the other at 12:54pm. Also... extremely noisy ambiance. Not sure it is worth all of that. Bye, Genki!
Whenever I'm in Burnaby at around lunchtime, I find myself coming here to get a warm, hearty meal. Most of the lunches are around $8 so you can get a nice lunch for $10 including the tip. The portions are pretty big and there is enough variety on the menu so you won't get bored. My wife likes the Yakitori Donburi. I like the Pork Cutlet Curry. The lunches taste good and will give you energy for the afternoon.
At first, Hi Genki, doesn't seem very welcoming, unless you are a senior citizen, but after looking at the crowd around us, we diecded to give it a go. The ambiance is sort of a mix between hospital cafetria and old folks home, but it was clean and the service was very inviting. The food reminded me of going to my fiance's grandparent's place and was super declicious. Homestyle cooking, with very interesting Japanese touches. I had the gobo tempura, which was a first for me ever and is worth trying. The chefs combine daily specials with regular menu items which keeps everything fresh! If you're looking for tasty Japanese food and don't mind the ambience, Hi Genki is perfect.
This place never disappoints. Great food, great prices.. Plus they have ice cream tempura... And kaki fry! People have mentioned already, its in an old folk's home so its not exactly a date place but the food is great!! Highly recommended. The place to go for reasonably priced Japanese food in Burnaby!
One of the places I go to when I'm tired of typical sushi and Izakaya joints. The home-style feeling of the dishes make it taste so much better. They have daily specials outlined on a sheet of paper and showcased at the entrance. The ambiance itself is nothing to speak about. It's a senior home so it looks like a senior's home cafeteria which means very sterile looking and clean. I highly recommend the pork katsu hayashi if its avaliable as a daily special.
Hi Genki is an amazing place to go to every now and then because of its different daily specials. I have been there many times with my girlfriend and have ordered many specials like the salmon shio, salmon kama, yakitori don (chicken rice), pork katsu curry and all turned out to be fantastic. The portions are huge and the price is extremely fair. The only downside to this restaurant is that it looks like a cafeteria with make shift tables. I would recommend this place to anyone who seeks to savour authentic japanese food.
Hi Genki has a special place in my heart. Perhaps that is coz I love asian foods in general, specifically Japanese, but this place - time and time again is just such a great value!
A couple things, it can get really busy here in the weekends and lunch houses mid-week that people will and do line-up. You might be disheartened and leave - and thats fine but do come back and you will not regret it. There is a reason that people though are willing to wait - so you must come back to try it. Ambiance is obviously... well solid. They do that they can. It's not a place to admire art on the wall but even that you actually can do since there are some nifty crafts around - and on a summer day the view outside with the sunshine and plants are quite nice. so it really depends on you. It's not comparable to downtown restaurants but I'm not paying to look at the interior design of a building... im paying to eat!!
The location is really funny too, in an old folks home :D who would have thought haha... but I think thats gives it more of a charm.
Now for the good stuffs. I personally think this is one of the best places I've been to. I recommend it to everyone I know who has not been. Service is generally pretty good. This is the place you should tip well compared to other restaurants since you can actually see how hard the servers are working. They could use a bit more servers though for faster service but understand that since its not that big of a place the guys and girls working the tables are generally busy and have their hands full so sometimes you have to wait a bit to get their attention. Oddly enough, they are really quick at asking you if you're ready to order (after sitting for 2 minutes!) haha.
I find the food extremely flavorful and portion wise its really generous. That is probably the top reason why I love this place!! You can get full under 10 bucks and probably have some leftovers for tomorrow. The authentic home made dishes are really different than your cookie cutter japanese (but technically made by chinese or some korean/vietnamese) bento boxes found at most Japanese restaurants in the lower mainland. This place has actual Japanese people making the food and this is PURELY my opinion and experience, but I find its generally better at restaurants that have that. And no I'm not being racists, I'm Asian too! :P
Anyways, if my review hasn't bored you yet - just try it. You may or may not like it, but fans of Japanese dishes probably will. If not to try the flavorful food and get generous portions, its a very worth investment and interesting experience. After that experience you can decide if you'll have a place in your heart for it too!
the desserts are really good as well. you HAVE to try the ice cream tempura... basically ice cream covered in corn meal/cereal type batter that is fried and they put strawberry syrup on top. God!! hmm
So I was recommended to go to this restaurant by my Japanese friends, I went there with them, i ordered a Katsu Dinner @$12 it came in less then five minutes(very fast), wow i was shocked, i tasted it to find that the food is very fresh and tasty it was so fresh that you could taste the freshness. Another thing i looked at and noticed is how clean the dishes were they were washed very nicely this restaurant had a sense of neatness. After about 20 minutes a lady arrived and said that she forgot to give me some peas that were supposed to come with it. I was so glad that they did this some people don't care about making sure you have received the complete meal. They were really nice. Okay done the meal....now to pay we had to wait about an hour but other than that an overall well restaurant. I wont tell you guys how a lady came afterwards to clean up the table and ended up spelling soy sauce on me. : )
A disclaimer: I lived in Japan for ten years and know homestyle Japanese food inside and out. My partner says I cook miso soup better than his mom. But we were both really happy to find this place.
Yes, it's a bizarre location. I'm sorry some reviewers couldn't get past that. But once the food is in your mouth--it's a religious experience. I had oden, a sort of hot pot dish, and the broth was so delicate, and flavored with real pieces of yuzu (a citrus fruit found in Japan) peel. And the rice that came with, flavored with shiitake mushrooms, carrots and pieces of fried tofu, was awesome. And then there was the pork cutlet in brown (hayashi) sauce my partner had. So good.
My only regret is that they're not licensed. A true Japanese meal like that would have been great with a bottle of beer.
This is definitely more of a cafeteria setting than a dining room, but the bright and clean environment is always comforting.
Aside from various rice and noodles on regular menu, they usually display samples of items from their special menu at the entrance. This is great if you can't decide what to get. Their dinner menu is usually more expensive (usually box combo, 10-15 bucks), but they have recently started to serve specials at regular (lunch) price. I would recommend their shiromi & ebi fry ($7.95), which is 2 fried shrimp and a fish fillet combo with potato salad, green salad, and miso soup.
Their ice cream tempura is the size of a baseball! Great sharing desert.
I've always been satisfied with everything I get here. If you don't mind the cafeteria-like atmosphere, then you'll keep coming back for sure.
We have always had the intention to come here for lunch, and we finally came around at Christmas time. Prices are very reasonable and portions are large. We tried the tatoyaki and katsu don dishes. There was a dessert special for $1, creme caramel. The ambiance feels more like a cafeteria rather than an actual restaurant; however, the place is kept clean and seating is very comfortable and not cramped. We would definitely recommend Hi Genki.
Those who wants to eat sushi, you have to go to Sushi restaurant. This is in the Nikkei Senior Centre and they serve wonderful Japanese food, grilled fish, pork cutlet, great tempura, Japanese noodles, etc. The service is incredibly fast and I have taken several friends both Japanese and non-Japanese, and they all loved it. Those who does not care for sushi but wants to try something different, this is a great alternative. Try it and you won't regret it. The price is very reasonable. $10 including tip, you get a great dinner.
looking for not too fancy authentic jap food. this is it. They have certain times where they don't take customers and need to feed the ppl in the old ppl home there... other then that.. it's awesome. Food is fresh. Taste great. Never had a bad meal.
I eat here about 2 or 3 times a week. It's about 5mins from my place and it has some of the most authentic Japanese food you can get for under $10.
It gets crowded on weekends so be prepared to wait.
Nothing here sucks so feel free to pick a dish and try it out.
My personal favourite is the Spicy Chicken Karaage.