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Sushi California

501A North Rd
Coquitlam, BC V3J1N7
Tel: (604) 931-8284

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At least the sushi is good
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 25, 2007 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

I was surprised to see a lot of one-review wonders saying terrible things about this place. I took Mrs. C to eat at SC after drifting down North Road looking for chow. The place was packed when we got there, and it looked like it could use a good cleaning. Still, the sushi looked good and so we tried it.

The service was brisk, and the servers seemed a little overwhelmed. We tried a bunch of different sushi. The nigiri tuna was outstanding, and the BBQ eel nigiri was tasty. I also liked the teriyaki beef roll. I found the giant sashimi pieces to be too cold. The prawn tempura had a nice light batter and was tasty and not greasy. The California roll was big, but otherwise unremarkable.

I found it a little strange to get Korean tea with my sushi, but this is on the edge of K-town, so not totally unexpected. I guess my biggest concern was cleanliness, since the place was so busy. The w/c could be cleaner.

This was not fine dining, but for good sushi at a cheap price, it was just fine. I noticed a nearby Korean/Japanese restaurant was almost empty, so they must be doing something right here.

Try it and see for yourself.

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Reminds me of Samurai Sushi
By hungryjo of Vancouver (175 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2008 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

We were hungry one day and wanted to try some Coquitlam food. We saw this place in the corner and decided to drop in. It was on an odd time like 3 or 4pm, the place was almost full and chefs were all busy.
We had the basic things like miso soup, salmon sashimi and some rolls. The miso soup was good, the salmon sashimi was GINORMOUS! One piece is like 3 pieces combined! I even had trouble cutting them with my chopsticks. And the rolls were huge!
I think this is a good place to go if you're hungry and want something affordable.
The service was not the best but whatever, kind of expected that.

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Can't go wrong on the size
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

The first time I went here I was very impressed with the pure size of all the sushi - esp the HUGE piece of Salmon for the nigiri sushi. The only thing weird was the warm rice. (hey it's a korean run place, so not so weird I guess...) The second time I went I brought my husband and he tried their Chirashi Don while I had my favourite BC Combo, which consists of 2 large nigiri sushis, 6 pieces of alaska roll and 6 large BC rolls. The third time back we decided to try more different things on their menu and each sushi dish is good. Very yummy and the portions are huge. Can't really go wrong for $6-8 for some dishes. You won't go home hungry that's for sure. The only thing that they can work on is their service - they never have enuf staff and ALWAYS either do one of the three things - forget your order, never bring you tea and pay more attention to the people getting take out orders. Well if it weren't for the decent size, taste & it's proximity to home, I wouldn't be a regular. Keep in mind that they cater to a lot of the students that live nearby, so it seems they don't really care in general - just as long as they get more people coming in and more take outs. Overall not a bad neighborhood joint to come to every now and then. =)

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Great spicey tune/salmon
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 6:38pm [Dine in]

Tried various rolls and sashimi over the last few months here and they all seemed pretty good. Portions are good for the price and I can get full on $10-$15 worth of food for dinner. I usually come here for the spicey salmon or spicey tuna rolls or sashimi, which is excellent. Fish seems pretty fresh here, which may be from the high turn over of customers. Seems packed everytime I go there.

Inside is nothing special, seems reasonably clean and the service is average.

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It's all about volume here.
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 12:55pm [Dine in]

The rolls aren't the greatest (as in they'll fall apart very easily, especially the large ones that were too thinly sliced) but still tasty.

This is a place where you can get fed for cheap. We ordered several rolls: california, chicken katsu, chopped scallop, spicy tuna, cream cheese w/ mango and smoked salmon, unagi, dynamyte. All were good but what surprised me was the number of pieces that come w/ each roll. For the price, each roll should have been 4 to 6 pieces but we got 8 pieces for each roll. Definitely good value.

Might be back if I'm feeling sushi but watching my budget.

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Not impressed at all. Never again.
By Foodcriticbc of vancouver (42 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 14, 2010 - 5:14pm [Dine in]

- I have been there3 times before and though it was quite good. Was there last night around and wasnt impressed at all. My friend ordered california roll and I ordered the tuna tataki, after waiting over 10 minutes to get somebody to take my order. Within 10 second the two california roll came. My friend asked me to try it because you couldnt chew through it the sushi was really soggy. I beleive it was premade and compared to what I had eaten before it was awful. After 15-20 minutes my tuna tataki came it tastes a bit frozen, like it is seared earlier than frozen. When somebody orders it they dethraw it, it was not good at all. Not only I had to watch my friend eat but he had to watch me eat. I dont know if this was a bad day but I will never go back or recommend to anybody the quality is very low and the service is horrible.
Sushi town seems alot better.

When back before I decided to reviews exactly the same thinks except this time I got my food before my friends. His Dymanite roll tasted like you buy it at Safeway. Either ways shame on me for going back again.

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Better than fast food sushi
By DawnTart of Burnaby (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 11:45pm [Dine in]

The place was hopping. Went in on Sunday afternoon to pick up some sushi to take back to my sons. Older son had raved about the sushi and great portions and freshness. Finally got here and I wasn't disappointed. Ordered the tuna/salmon combo and the california combo. Nigiri had generous portions of tuna and salmon. California roll was larger than usual. Their sushi is larger than normal but you don't feel like they are just padding it with lots of rice as filler. It is in proportion. Had a negitoro as well. A little disappointing as it wasn't as large as the other sushi but it was the regular size. Not bad for taste but a little pricy for the fact that it didn't hold together as well as it could have.

All in all for the price and decent taste chances are I will be back to pick up sushi for the boys again.

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not sure where to begin.
By kuma of Coquitlam (26 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2:05pm [Dine in]

I go there sometimes for both take out and dine in. The negative part about it is the wait and the bad service. Also the packed small place with long line-ups.

The food isn't bad for party sushi. I'd definitely come here to order take out if I have party at home since the portion is big and the price isn't too much.

Tho they are usually understaffed and provide bad service, I do agree with the comment below that, people who are regular customers and always/usually leave without getting tips. Guess what, those don't deserve great service. I hate bad service too but it is SUPER rare for me to leave without ANY tips at all! Even if the service is bad and may not come back, I'd still give 10% or little bit less. It's like a bad cycle. It goes on. I'd rather give it a good start then and something good in return. UNLESS they're SO DUMB that after few "good starts" they still dunno what service means. THEN why bother going there and give no tips? JUST go somewhere else!

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Delicious Sushi
By hungrydog of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2007 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

The first thing we did after relocating to the Lougheed Mall neighbourhood was to find a good quality, hole-in-the wall sushi place. Sushi California is the enterprise we have chosen to endorse.

All the food we have tried has been excellent quality fare. The rolls are creative and always tasty. They are sometimes too big to be consumed with any modicum of dignity, however, they are still very welcome by the waiting tastebuds. The spicy tuna sashimi is not only a fantastic taste experience, but the generosity of the serving makes it a very filling choice. We once asked the sushi chef if we could have a spicy salmon sashimi rather than the standard tuna; the chefs willingly and happily obliged us. The end result was another very tasty dish.

As the evening progresses, the tables and floor do tend to get "sticky" and grungy feeling. That is why I only give the ambiance a "decent" rating; more care needs to be taken in keeping the dining experience pleasant for all the customers, no matter what time they visit the establishment.

We are always greeted with a hale and hearty hello by the sushi chefs and wait staff as we enter or exit the business. We have also always enjoyed being served by pleasant and considerate servers while dining here.

This is definitely an establishment we will continue to patronize; Sushi California is another hit on the Hungrydog hit list.

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good food, but not so good service
By kennethlovesfood of Burnaby BC (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

this place runs by koreans so you can expect a pretty decent sushi as korean people know how to do so.
the rolls like unagi, alaska, mango, or bc was pretty decent but what i find really good is spicy sashimi, it was very fresh and tasty.
nigiri sushi was a bit dry so i wouldnt recmmend it
the service is fast but itll take you more than 10 minutes in busy time to get your bump a seat.

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Good Prawn Tempura
By Binky of Coquitlam (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 11:01pm [Dine in]

I've been here approx 8-9 times and I always order the same thing. Very good tasting miso soup, great prawn/yam tempura and california roll. I agree with others that the rolls are never rolled properly and are almost always falling apart before you even pick them up. Never evenly cut and very sloppy on the ends with filling hanging out. Yesterday was the first time I noticed that there was no avocado slices, instead it was the tiniest portion of avocado paste only...wierd. The soup is 1.25, the prawn or mixed prawn/yam tempura is 7.50 and the california roll 8 pc is 3.25. Be prepared to feel totally rushed to eat so the next person can sit down. Waitresses try hard and boy do they work!

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I don't understand how this place doesn't rate higher
By tutfu of coqiitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 25, 2010 - 4:52pm [Dine in]

Read the title. Seriously, this place is awesome. Best toro in metro vancouver - hands down. Only high end restaurants can match the freshness and size of the toro, and a lot of high end restaurants can't even. And for $1.10 a piece? Yes please x 10.

Ambiance and service is nothing special, but who cares when you get awesome sushi at an awesome price!

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Roll sizes seem to be smaller
By cheese_weasel of Coquitlam (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 6:13pm [Dine in]

I placed a take out order today of 2 smoked salmon cream cheese rolls and 2 dynamite rolls. When I picked them up the bag seemed a little lighter then the last time I got takeout here. Upon opening them at home the rolls look noticeably smaller and I finished all 4 rolls with no problem. This is NOT the Sushi California I remember!!

You would think after spending $17 on rolls that you would be full!

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Great Sushi!
By kenbo604 of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, August 5, 2008 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

I'm actually suprised at some of these ratings! I REALLY enjoy Sushi California sushi and I'm pretty picky with my Sushi locations. The portions are large, the prices are reasonable, and the Ambiance is nothing short of most asian dining locations. The service I've experienced has been good so far... it's typically extremely busy, but you just have to be a little more assertive when looking for assistance - again, nothing short of most asian food places. lol

Anywho, I highly suggest this place. Great Sushi! :)

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Just can't help keep going back...
By MagY of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Sushi Garden does have more choices but I rather go to Sushi California (prices are pretty much identical)

Sushi California has the best Japanese Salad dressing and I love their seafood salad... sushi garden's seafood salad just can't compare... Rolls are pretty good and sashimi is fine. Used to like their scallop sushi a lot but for some reasons it's not as good... udon and other stuff are ok... tempura is great however.

I feel bad for saying this but I find it hard to communicate with some of their waitresses as we have problem understanding each other's English (maybe I am the one with poor English... who knows) There's one particular lady who's good at slacking and bossing other girls... I used to work in a restaurant and can totally see what she's been doing... so lame... you can tell the staff isn't well-trained (you have to ask them multiple times to have your tea refilled, and it's smart for them to leave tissues and chopsticks on the table... save them some work) but at least they are friendly (unlike those in Sushi Garden who act like they own you...)

I don't like their ikea chairs and when a tiny restaurant without efficient service gets busy, just do take out.

The quality of their food is decent and comparing to other places in the lower mainland and with that $$, I just keep going back! (I even told my boss about it and bought the large party tray for a thank-you gathering at my work place. People were happy with the food and my boss actually took his wife there.)

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cheap, but good
By chiayiliu of Coquitlam (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2008 - 3:21pm [Dine in]

it's a very small place, but it's good for just simple family dining. i'd say it'd be better if just like, having a quick lunch. even when it's very busy, the speed of service and food quality is still quite good. i'd suggest anyone who wants cheap but decent sushi to come here.

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GOOD LORD THIS IS BAD
By fitchicklet of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 8:14pm [Dine in]

This is the most horrible, rude and filthy service I have witnessed in my life. I mean, I've eaten in hole-in-the-wall joints in Thailand that were better than this. 1) they can't get an order right; 2) they treat you like you're BOTHERING them right from the moment you walk in the door; 3) if you order anything other than tuna or salmon, you have to question the freshness. I had some hamachi that gave me diahrea for 24 hours; 4) you will be lucky if your order is taken within 30 minutes of sitting down; 5) once your order IS taken, it will sit on the sushi bar ignored for anothre 20 minutes; 6) there is no parking; 7)THEY ARE RUDE, RUDE, RUDE. They brought someone else to sit at my table BEFORE I had even finished the last bite I had on my plate. UNBELIEVABLE. If I were a trashy man, I might have punched someone! GOD AWFUL PLACE. Should be called Sushi and Service SUCKS. Better go two doors down to McDonald's.

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3 words... Spicy Salmon Sashimi
By riddla of Coquitlam (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

As the title says, when you go there you absolutley must try their spicy salmon sashimi.

My order almost always consists of a portion of the above, one of their Alaska Rolls and a Beef Teriyaki Roll. A couple of bowls of miso if im in the mood.

The food is fantastic.

The service isnt the best, but who cares.

Even durring the dinner and lunch rushes you wont be waiting more then 5 minutes to be seated.

And someone above mentioned a parking problem. Its true, the parking lot is very small. But thank god theres another, almost always completly empty, korean restaurant next door (up north road) and theres plenty of parking stalls available there.

Give them a shot, you wont regret it.

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Good food, lousy service
By arsenic_girl of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, December 15, 2006 - 6:51pm [Dine in]

The food is EXACTLY the same as Sushi Garden, so there was no big surprises there. They even have the Bill's Roll and the same combos as Sushi Garden. The prices are a TINY bit higher though (a quarter here and there).

Their service also resembles that of Sushi Garden - not enough servers for the capacity that they hold.

The night I was there, there were quite a few tables that were upset with the lack of attention from the servers, and one table waited a LONG TIME before ordering, and they only got to order when they went up to the server to ask if they could order now.

Parking is also a problem in the tiny lot, but just park at the McDs near by I guess. Food is good, but I would probably only go back if I am in the area and not in a rush.

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another great sushi restaruant to add to my list!
By vanichow of vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 12:36pm [Dine in]

im glad that i found this tiny gem. we were a party of four and we ordered the 3-4 ppl combo which is 41.50. we also added to it 4 toro and 4 uni nigiri, spicy tuna sashimi and the jalapeno roll. boy! were we ever stuffed! the sushi pieces were huge, the sashimi (by far the best ive ever had) was melt in your mouth texture and our tea was constantly refilled.

the service is typical for any asian restaurant, we were all greeted by the cooks when anybody walked in. the restaurant is very tiny though so we had to wait about 15-20 min even though we were the first ppl waiting.

i went with a japanese friend and she said the fish was so fresh and it was even comparable to the sushi in japan.

i am def. coming back!

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