Nagano is a Japanese restaurant in Coquitlam specializing in original sushi rolls.
Nagano is the best place for sashimi so far. I've eaten there many times, and the sashimi is always great quality. Also, the fish on the nigiri is twice the length of the rice, no kidding. Their tuna poke is also very good. They also serve zarusoba (on ice!) which I thought was cool. It's great for the summertime, very light and refreshing.
Prices are higher than the average sushi restaurant though, a dinner for four can be around $60 (but we're all happy and full afterwards). They'll also serve a complimentary item, it's usually a small piece of salmon and imitation crab that's battered and fried. If you're ordering more, they'll give you the fried fish head (as bad as it sounds, the head does have good meat).
Service is solid. The waitresses are smiling, and they come to fill the tea regularly. The decor is typical for Japanese restaurants, but it's nice. They have tables and tatami-style rooms, too.
Definitely worth your money, in my opinion.
I do not understand why this place is listed as one of the best Japanese Restaurant in Coquitlam. I've been there quite a lot of times (wasn't my choice), and all i can say is TOO PRICEY for what you get. The quality isn't bad, but it is just ok. However I can sure say they have crappy service.
Came with my family if 10 for dinner.
- Seated for 15 min before I decided to get up to ask for menus
- got up again to find someone to order
- had to ask again for tea and water
- did not provide enough plates so sister had to use a serving plate
- did not tell us what food they brought us and just place on table
- we asked to keep the tea pot but they said no and told us that they will come back often to refill tea (which they did not)
- we wanted to order more food and went to find someone to take our order. We waited 15 min fur someone to come and we gave up
My husband and myself have been waitresses and waiters before and understand that it can get busy and short staffed but this was just horrible and beyond bad service. The food is good but for the expensive pricing I expected way more.
To note this is the second time we have had horrible service. We had decided to give this place a second chance hoping it was just that one time.
We will never return to this place again. For $260 no one was full and was too annoyed to wait any longer to order more food.
I'm not sure why people are complaining about this place. It surely has some of the best sushi I've had in the city. My other favourites are Shiro's at Cambie and 14th and Toby's at East Hastings and Slocan. The quality of the sushi is far superior to the average sushi place. Most sushi places have fishy fish and poor rice and the sushi chefs are not really knowledgeable in the art of making sushi. This place, on the other hand, serves up delicious food. It's fresh, its the right temperature, the rolls are nice and loose and the flavours are perfectly balanced. I'm very impressed with the quality of everything. Also, they hand out lots of free tasting plates to their customers. The service is fast and friendly. We go there when ever we are in Coquitlam.
What a great find and random too because it is situated behind the Coquitlam Mall and we just happened to pop in one day. We can stop going back!
We have been going here since we moved to the area several years ago. I have noticed over the months that the quality of the food has gone downhill and I was very disappointed with my take out order today. I ordered salmon sashimi and a California roll. The order was prepared quickly as it was ready and waiting when I arrived 15 minutes after ordering. The condition of my order was dismal and if this was served to me in the restaurant I would have sent it back. The cali roll looked it had been dropped and repaired with pieces of nori. The filling was bland, tasteless and it was definitely not fresh. It looked awful and tasted just as bad. The salmon sashimi was ok, but had no taste whatsoever. All in all definitely not even close to value for money at almost $16 for just two items off the menu. Come on guys, you'll have to do a lot better than this! I certainly won't be going back any time soon. Sorry Nagano!
I've only been to Nagano a couple times but i've always enjoyed the food
I really liked the Rocket Roll , i think it was called
I also really liked how they made the chicken teriyaki
with noodles... it was different but in a good way
but as mentioned before, the food is a little on the pricey side
As for the service, I didn't think much of it
They were a little on the rude side and didn't smile or check up once
I went to the place a couple of times past the year. most recently, I found it very disappointing to the food quality and the service waitresses provided. I ordered kitchen food that were actually overcooked and burned. Don't ever order motoyaki. The restaurant looks busy, and that's probably why I found it very different from the times I had been there in the past few years. The waitresses were no smiles and slow when I asked for service. And somehow, I just think the price isn't worth the food I ordered.
Went here for the first time and ordered about $70 in takeout. Tried quite a few specialty rolls but was not impressed. They are unique, but for me the flavours did not mix well with each other, and some were borderline tasteless. The place looks good on the inside, but the service wasn't great . They said 20 minutes and it would all be ready, I ended up waiting 35.
I won't go back to this place.
Food: The sashimi is not fresh. The rolls are in a good proportion but the sushi was a bit smaller than expected. It's gone downhill and anything raw looks as if it's been sitting out for awhile.
Service: Was greeted right away, server kept coming back to ask if everything was alright. Constantly filled the tea...friendly service.
Ambiance: Small, kind of cramped. I was sat near a closet and it wasn't very pleasant.
The service wasn't very good at all. The waitress took us to a seat near the closet where it's somewhat dark and crowded, there was another seat so we asked if we can switch to that one but the waitress just looked at us funny and walked away. It wasn't even a busy afternoon but we had to ask 3 times for someone to bring us tea.
The food is overpriced but it's fresh. I wouldn't say it's good quality or anything but it's one of the few choices if you are eating in Coquitlam area.
I've been going to Nagano regularly for about 3 years and have always been happy with their food. The sushi is well made from quality ingredients and they have a great selection of rolls that aren't standard sushi menu fare.
They aren't cheap, though. You definitely notice your bill is higher than compared to a typical sushi dive, but the difference in food quality makes up for it.
Some of the senior staff are wonderful to deal with. The more junior servers are pleasant and efficient and leave nothing to complain about, but they don't "work the room" the same way.
I'd absolutely recommend them and anything on their menu.
From the start to finish... It was really a horrible experience.
Although many sits were visibly available it took us ten or more mins to finally sit down at a table.
The menu was easy enough and we've all decided what to have... but the problem was that the server
didn't come to take our order for like 20 mins after we sat down.
Finally after about 30 mins.. we were able to order our food.
Actually the food came out faster than we've expected. But it had its price.
Worst Udon we've ever had... Worst rolls we've ever had...
Especially the chopped scallop nigiri was really bad...
THE WORST DINING EXPERIENCE EVER!
All I can say is that your money will be wasted if you go this restaurant. I'm serious. I never write reviews at Dine Here. I even made account to warn other people so that they won't be in a state as I am right now. So bad that I cannot believe it.
sorry folks, hate to say this but their sushi doesnt taste like what sushi's supposed to taste. we went to nagano because of the good reviews. the sticky rice was so bland, i dont think they mix it with rice vinegar. i know this because i eat white rice and their sushi tastes like one. and i had so many sushi and i know what sushi taste like. the service was bad we had to wait long for them to take the order maybe because it was busy night? not really because we were there for early dinner and it wasnt that crowded. ambiance was good had no complaint bout that. all and all i still have to find a place for good sushi.
I went there with my friends, the manager ( i guess she is ) worked really slow and walked around the restaurant,but she kept pushing the young waitress to work and walk faster.we were waiting for drink and taking order for so long. service was disappointing, the young waitress did better than the older ones, as well as, the yonger waitress had more smiles than the older ones. i guess it was too busy, and everyone who was working got too tired to provide good serivice.
First time when I find the place, and took all families to there, we're so happy to find it, keep go there many time, then one time we went there was busy, I saw a lady order to take out, when she got her order, she asked for couple more soy sauce, the manager said: this is extra money", I can't believe what I heard, and the manager has no smile at all, the food also not the same quality as before, our family felt they must changed owner, because we never see that manager before, we had try few time, than decide not go there anymore.
Being residents of Coquitlam, Sushi Night means Nagano. We've been there so often that the staff recognize us and the sushi chefs know us by name. Unless we are entertaining, my husband and I sit at the sushi bar and talk to Chef Pai. Ther'es often somethig extra passed our way. Negitoro and spicy tuna are our favorite rolls and a meal isn't complete without a plate of BBQ black cod and an order of gomae.
I notice that other reviews have said Nagano is expensive. We've never felt that way. You get what you pay for and in this case, the freshest ingredients and generous portion sizes are what you are paying for.
Nagano sushi is one of the greatest sushi restaurants in the lower mainland. All of the food is amazing, and often they give you a complimentary item to try. Service is great from welcoming you at the door, and serving you at the table. Staff is friendly and efficient. My only complaint is the prices. The food it amazing, however, it is slightly overpriced. I dont mind paying the prices however, at times I dont mind paying a little less for a lower quality. None the less, Nagano is a great recommendation. Enjoy!
I had someone bring it home as take-out once, and I was shocked at how much they paid for crap. 3.99 for a roll of sushi (negitoro) that was worse than fast food sushi places downtown. 2.99 for salmon sushi that was OLD and MUSHY and gross. The beef teriyaki was unchewable and the sauce tasted like salty water. I was also craving oyster motoyaki, and I guess I was being too hopefuly asking it for take-out.
I guess I am also one of the spoiled-by-downtown-sushi people and it may also have been the fact that it was take-out, but a roll of sushi now or 15 minutes later should not degrade so horribly.
Since I did not eat at the actual restaurant I can't adequately review the service or ambiance.
Many people here complain of the pricing, but I've found it quite reasonable. I haven't experimented too much with their menu, but I can tell you the dynamite rolls are absolutely incredible. Most places make much wider dynamite rolls sliced thinner which are hard to eat. Naganos are small enough that you can put them in your mouth, and they still give you the same amount.
All the food is very fresh and made for you quite quickly. The service is a little lacking, especially at peak hours, but it's not unbearable.
Easily my favorite sushi restaurant.
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