Japanese restaurant offering sushi, udon, Japanese curries and donburi.
Our family of four needed to find a good Japanese restaurant near Coquitlam Centre for a pre-shopping dinner. I searched for "japanese" on Google Map and Matoi Sushi came up. I never heard of this place so I checked the menu on their website (which by the way, is a little challenging on a smart phone as the font is soo small.) They have Natto Rolls which is a sure sign that the place is a "real japanese" establishment. I called to reserve a table and we were there in 45 minutes. We drove in from Burnaby so we were on Lougheed Hwy but had no idea which side of the road it was on; one error here and you'll be driving all over the place to correct your mistake. Luckily the lady who took my reservation made the effort to say it was across from the White Spot. So it's on the North side of Lougheed just east of Pinetree, in one of those strip malls. Lots of free parking. They sat us down in a tatami room. The decor is simple and nice. Restaurant looks clean. The menu is big.
Almost everything we ordered is under $5. Gyoza, Ebi Sunomono, Agedashi Tofu, BBQ Saba, etc. The Ika Natto roll was excellent and the first time I've seen this on a menu anywhere. The servers were friendly and effecient. The total bill including a large sake came in under $55. Not bad!
We thought Fuji was the only choice for good japanese food north of Burnaby but now we found another. We'll be back.
Came here with a good friend and tried their Nabeyaki Udon, an Unagi roll and a dinner box, which consisted of California roll, beef tempura, salad, miso soup, tempura and some kind of fried wonton. While everything was super fresh, as most authentic Japanese Restaurants are, I was a bit disappointed with the salty California roll and only okay tempura. Don't get me wrong, the cooked food is good, but left me wanting more. I heard that their sashimi is the best, so I hope to try that next time when I don't have a diet restriction. =( Service is friendly enough, but they didn't refill our tea at all. Restaurant is decent sized and clean. I hope I can give it another chance next time, because it's quite rare to find good authentic Japanese places in the tri-cities =)
Had lunch there Saturday and was pleased with the selection, prices and especially the service which was attentive. Although we just had the bento box it was fresh and tasty and priced right. The menu contains a fairly long barby section which I look forward to trying on my next visit. The previous reviews are right on. A must for sushi in the tri cities.
Being the big Sushi lover, I decided to give Matoi Sushi a try, given the rave reviews on Dinehere.ca.
When we arrived, we were amused that it was located in the exact same place as 2 other Japanese places had been. i.e. yet another restaurant take over.
The place was pretty quiet at 6pm on a weekday evening, with just one other couple there. We were cheerily greeted in the traditional Japanese manner by all the staff when we walked in the door, and given a nice table by the windows. It was quite obvious from the moment we walked in that it was an authentic Japanese run restaurant! (which is rare in Coquitlam)
The place has been reno'd since it's previous incarnation, and has a larger kitchen/sushi bar for the cooks, but less seating. Small tables are all out front, and there are a couple larger party rooms hidden in the back. Everything was very neat and tidy and spotlessly clean.
We were pleasantly surprised that they had a daily special menu with fresh items imported directly from Japan. Another rarity to see in any Vancouver Japanese places.
We ordered a couple Saba Nigiri, a Chirashi Don, a California Combo, and gave one of their specials a try, the Mirugai Ponzu for an appetizer. The Mirugai (geoduck) was AMAZING! Mixed with some seaweed, cucumbers and a salty/sour sauce it was absolutely delicious and the mirugai was the freshest I've ever had. The Chirashi Don had a wide selection of sashimi, with some less often seen items like salmon belly, and stewed gourd. Everything was delicious and very very fresh. Portion sizes were good, and the sushi was an appropriate size (i.e. fits in your mouth in one bite).
The service was impeccable, our tea was refilled constantly and the waitresses were very attentive and polite.
At the end of the meal we were given a packet of chocolate Pocky sticks, imported from Japan. This was a bit of a treat, as I hadn't eaten Pocky since I was quite little.
Price wise, the prices are in the mid range. Neither high nor low, but for the quality and freshness of the food, it's an outstanding value. Between the 2 of us, we spent around $35.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful experience and we'll definitely be returning again. Highly recommended!
I've been going to Fuji Sushi for years and years now, but decided to try Matoi Sushi due to the reviews on this site, and it didn't disappoint.
Put it shortly, everything is better than Fuji Sushi:
1) Food - the best sushi in Coquitlam, if not arguably one of the best in the province. And I've eaten sushi everywhere...can't be bothered to write reviews for all of them.
For nigiri sushi we ordered: egg, ikura (uhhh salmon roe??) .. they're generous with the amount of salmon roe, tuna, salmon, ebi. And a sashimi platter, I forget the name of it.
Probably a couple of things I'm forgetting, but everything was excellent.
Very good quality tea too, the crappy places tend to give you watered down tea or even oolong tea. And yes, they still do give out a small packet of Pocky at the end of your meal.
2) Service - the wait staff are very polite and attentive, they refilled my tea every time before the cup was empty, I didn't have to wait very long for the food to arrive, and if I had to flag down a server, they would be with me right away. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for Fuji Sushi... it can sometimes be rather difficult getting a server's attention (maybe they don't put enough staff on at once?)
3) Alcohol list - aside from the usual Asahi or Kirin beer + sake, they also have vodka mixed drinks (maybe even a screwdriver if you ask for it, they probably have OJ somewhere)
4) Price - actually this one is about the same. For 2 people the dinner bill came to $35 for various sushi + sashimi orders.
5) Ambiance - like Fuji Sushi, there is a bar where you can sit and watch the sushi chefs work. Also is a private tatami room - might need to reserve this though, it was being used when I was there. Wallpaper has some Japanese photo on it, there also was a TV with a little Canucks thing hanging from it lol (it's playoff time). GO CANUCKS GO!!!
I plan on being a long-time customer as long as they can keep this up.
The only real criticism I have is that they should put some more effort into their website - if it wasn't for the recent reviews on dinehere.ca, I would have thought this place was closed down.
I've frequented Matoi Sushi back in the days when it was just a small stand in the food court of the Downtown Korean market. Each visit was the same experience: great quality food, reasonable price and friendly service. Now they have a beautiful restaurant to further complement their delicious, fine quality food!
Food is still authentic, fresh and delicious. Our party of 4 had dinner and ordered a well rounded selection of items from the menu, some were our usual faves and others we tried for the first time. So we ordered:
-chicken karaage (hands down, the BEST because they are bonless, juicy, meaty pieces of crispy goodness)
-gyoza (pork and veggie filling cooked to perfection!)
-yaki tori (skewered grilled chicken with special sauce - not sure what the sauce is but so good)
-beef teriyaki ( the teriyaki sauce here is the best because it's not thick and syrupy and overly salty or sweet like most I've had before, you can actually taste and enjoy the tender beef slices)
-chicken udon (the soup broth was savory)
-dynamite roll (complete with 2 huge prawn tempuras)
-spicy tuna roll (another group favourite, perfectly spicy)
-sushi combo A (california roll, tuna, ebi, salmon and tamago nigiri - all fresh and good size pieces)
The restaurant is stylish with nice, simple decor and warm ambience. Great looking sushi bar that draws in attention right when you enter the room. Servers were attentive and very friendly. Excellent quality for the price you pay.
Overall, we had a great experience and absolutely love the new restaurant. I highly recommend Matoi Sushi and will be back soon.
The food here is terrific
Having been to many sushi restaurants around Vancouver, I would say
Matoi Sushi has some of the best sushi at its price.
The quality is that of a high end place.
The staff is very friendly and kind.
We were impressed that the server gave us frozen grapes for refresh our mouth and the pocky treat.
Our kids love it.
If you would like to dine at a excellent Japanese restaurant I would recommend the Matoi sushi.
It just may be the best Japanese restaurant in the Lower Mainland.
It is hard to find authentic Japanese restaurant in Tri-City area. I usually test Udon/Soba noodles to judge the quality of food they serve. As broth is simple but has to be made from scratch, it reveals the time and effort (which translate to quality) put into preparation of the food. Matoi's soup passed with flying colors. My husband and I tried Maki Combo (huge portion), grilled eggplant, Spicy Mayo Prawns, and Tempura Udon. We were so full and could not finish it all. As I have not checked this site prior to going there, next I will definitely try their nigiri sushi and enjoy their fresh fish. The service was very attentive endless supply of green tea. They also have a great lunch menu with variety of grilled fish for reasonable price. I look forward to trying their lunch menu next time.
I've been to Matoi Sushi for five times now and everytime I go there, the FOOD TAKES SOOOOO LONGGGGG. Especially the rolls and the nigiris takes minimum 10 to 30 min when its even empty.
Fish is not that great quality, price too high, the kitchen food is mostly poor in terms of the taste and the portion. I went to Matoi last night with my friend. He ordered the Oyako don which took about 15min and I ordered 3tobiko 1toro 1tuna 4chopped scallop and that took 35min at least. Again, there was only 4 other tables and 3 waitresses. 2sushi men, at least 2 workers at the kitchen. And that was not the first time, every single time I go and order, it takes 30~35min. Not only that, the servers are not friendly at all, never comes and fills up tea or water, never takes away the empty dish, takes forever to bring the bill to table. Only if asked, they do. No 'How is everything so far' No 'How was everything today', No greeting, No Thank you, No Bye. So here you go! No more Matoi sushi for me, my family, friends and co workers. Bye Matoi. We will never see you again.
My experience at this Matoi restaurant was probably my worst restaurant experience ever. We made a reservation and was seated at a reasonable time. Then all hell broke loose.
At a fairly small restaurant with about 10 tables at most, we were ignored the entire time. The following events resulted in the first time my family and I walked out:
- No menus were provided to us
- After asking for menus, we were asked for them back as they did not have enough on hand
- A server spilled a tray full of dirty water on my wife's back and said server had no idea she did that
- 2 servers saw our hands raised for service and simply ignored us
The restaurant was half full on a Sunday evening but the serving staff were preoccupied with what we assume are take out orders or with some other meaningless tasks which out ranked the customers! We noticed other patrons of the restaurant getting restless and waiting around. A total of 4 servers were on duty and they all look like they were running around like chickens with their heads cut off!
Sadly, I can't provide a food recommendation because we didn't even get to the ordering phase. Walked out of there but the funny thing is that they probably didn't even realize it.....
Love, love, love this place!! Always fresh, always timely, always friendly service. Love my Pokey sticks at the end of the meal too!
The sashimi and sushi are excellent. The chef will even customize orders if you as nicely.
Love the Agedashi tofu....
We eat there almost once a week as it is... I think I could go almost every day to be honest.
I recently took my family from out of town to Matoi sushi based on the previous reviews and one previous visit. Everything has changed since our last visit. The food was ok, nothing spectacular. We went on a Sunday night. Service was extremely slow and they seemed understaffed. The reason why I said this is the WORST sushi place was that the portion size was a joke. I've never experienced such small portion at a sushi place. For example, a california roll at any sushi restaurants will have at least 6 pieces but this place only gave you 4 and they were the smallest 4 pieces I've ever seen. Two orders combined together will barely equal to one order from any other sushi restaurants. I'm NOT JOKING here! There were 5 of us that night. We ordered vegetable tempura and our order came with 4 medium pieces and 1 tiny piece of green bean. In addition, the beef ribs that we ordered only had 2 pieces and they were also the tiniest pieces I've ever seen. I was so embarrassed in the end and I will NEVER EVER go back to this place! If you want your value or just simply want decent sushi without breaking your bank, trust me, this is not the place to go to.
I was moved to review this restaurant after what was simply the best Japanese food I've ever had, and at reasonable prices. My son and I each had a dinner box, and the green salad came with the tastiest, freshest ginger dressing. The chicken teriyaki was also hands down the most delicious I've had.
The dishes were lovely, the presentation of the food was nice, but the flavour...! We will definitely be back.
I also need to say something about the service... very attentive, but in a quiet, subtle way (refilling tea and water frequently).
Just so impressed--there are plenty of Japanese eateries around, but not many that are really good. This one's great.
My family and I have returned to this restaurant a couple of times since our initial visit and we noticed that they have made a few adjustments since my initial review on Dine Here (which gets replaced by this review).
First regarding the food; we noticed that they have adjusted the size of the maki sushi rolls making them smaller and more bite sized which is a pleasant surprise. We still find that the California roll filling still oddly salty but still palatable. I adore their Dynamite with the Yam tempura over the top.
I still believe the hot food including Donburis and Udon are solid examples of how they should be prepared but I think these dishes are easier to prepare than good sushi.
They also introduced a new one-sheet menu with some more authentic and traditional Japanese menu items. I’m a little more main stream so I steered clear of these items but my wife, who spent 15 years in Japan, was intrigued by this menu including something called Oden which is a soup. She ordered it and was impressed with how it tasted.
Service is friendly all around. We noted on our last visit that one of the waitresses was friendlier than the other but I did not notice it this time around. Our cups were always topped up with tea and they were quite attentive.
I noticed that they no longer offer the frozen grape at the end which was a nice touch and instead have introduced the traditional after dinner chocolate. I’m sure this is a more popular choice with most Canadians but I must say I was a little disappointed to see the grapes go.
I really like the ambience of this restaurant as it’s clean and stylish. Some may not like the lower lighting and the hard floors creating a colder feel to the restaurant but I quite partial to it. One addition I did not like was that they added several televisions mounted around the restaurant. I think that this makes the restaurant less elegant and creates more of a pub environment. However, I’m sure that it makes it more of a popular destination when hockey is being broadcasted which is likely what they are going after.
Overall, nice improvements with good service a pleasant atmosphere with food that is above average. They actually seem to care about making improvements so continue to provide feedback to them and post comments/reviews.
We used to eat occasionally at Matoi downtown and we were curious about their new location in Coquitlam which is much closer to our house.
Well, Matoi didn't disappoint. The sushi is the right size, the fish is super fresh and the rice is right consistency and taste. They have a nice variety of fresh fish if you want to venture beyond tuna and salmon.
The decor is nice and the service is good, although there seem to be a bit of confusion from time to time, which is understandable considering the fact that the wait staff is new.
We'll definitely go back and we're really glad that Matoi graduated from a little stand in the grocery store to a full-service restaurant. This is definitely our favorite sushi restaurant.
The owners and staff of Matoi restaurant serve the best quality Japanese food I've ever tried in Vancouver's lower mainland. Ever since they expanded out of their small downtown foodcourt location into their own restaurant the service, ambience and overall experience has immensely improved from what was already a great eating place. The staff is always friendly and the food is never disappointing. The restaurant is also convenienty located within close shopping proximities: Chapters, Safeway, Coquitlam Centre, Best Buy, etc. I highly recommend this location to everyone I know and to anyone else looking for a Japanese restaurant worth revisiting again and again.
We usually go to our favorite local sushi place which we love but with an upcoming birthday dinner being organized, thought we research somewhere new to try where the service might be a bit faster considering we'd have more people. I read the reviews on Matoi and was quite excited to try it. When we arrived there were only two other tables seated. It took us well over 10 minutes just to see a waitress. We finally placed our order and it was another 30 minutes before we received our food which was definately not outstanding. I ordered the seafood hot pot that was supposed to be full of seafood and fresh vegtables. The vegtables consisted of cabbage and a few carrot slices. As for seafood, it was tofu, chicken thigh, two small front legs of a crab, one itty bitty piece of salmon, two clams with grit and a bit of white fish (no idea what is was). I usually stick to rolls and sashimi but wanted to try something different. was not impressed. My husband and daughter also ordered food and again, poor quality. The rolls all fell apart and the fish wasn't of great quality. It usually costs us $35 dollars for dinner so when we received the $55 dollar bill, that was pretty much the last straw.
I don't usually right reviews but it's upsetting when you go somewhere expecting something superb only to be disappointed. I hope we just picked a poor night but it was enough that we won't going back.
I decided to try out Matoi since I was in the neighbourhood. It was one of the best sushi experiences I've had in a long time. The toro was so fresh it just melted in my mouth. The spicy tuna cone was very high quality (not a pureed mush like at some other restaurants) and perfectly spicy. I also had a dynamite roll that was excellent and the real-crab california roll was a nice option.
The ambience is very warm and the surroundings are very clean. The staff was very attentive and friendly.
The pricing is a little higher than some sushi restaurants but it is also reflected in the quality that Matoi serves.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that wants to experience sushi at its best.
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