Halu Sushi is a restaurant with authentic, fresh Japanese food for dine in or take out.
Step-daughter took the Other Half and I here for lunch recently. Three adults and a new baby in a carseat took two people to get us seated. We had barely opened the menus and the server was there to take orders. We asked for green tea and a few more moments and then didn't see her for quite some time. The tea was VERY weak and not very hot.
Step-daughter ordered a dynamite combo, the OH ordered a sushi/sashimi bento and I ordered ten-don, miso soup and spinach goma-ae. Spinach arrived almost immediately and was the first sign something wasn't up to standard. The goma-ae dressing was super-sweet and there wasn't much of it plopped on top of stringy spinach. The spinach had not been inspected for quality and some of the pieces were old and discoloured. The whole thing would have been more edible if the spinach had been chopped even a little bit, but the leaves were whole and stringy.
Step-daughter's combo arrived, the two miso soups arrived, and then the ten-don for me. The sushi looked to be standard issue, fake crab/surimi much in evidence. The ten-don was a disappointment. One tiny tempura shrimp, one half piece each of squash, sweet potato and white potato. Overall was poured a dark brown gloppy, very sweet sauce with some shreds of carrot and onion that was advertized as "ten-don sauce". Not tempura dipping sauce, but a mystery gravy poured over everything, soaking the rice below.
The OH sat back to wait, but nothing arrived.
After watching later arrivals being served their food, we asked the server about the OH's bento. "Just a minute, just a minute!" and she rushed away. After that, she was into avoidance mode, avoiding eye contact, avoiding passing by our table. By this time, I had finished as much as I wanted of my meal and step-daughter was still waiting politely for her father's order to arrive (mine was a hot - OK, warm - dish, hers was sushi rolls - in my defense for seeming rudeness!) While they WERE busy at lunchtime, no one stopped by so that we could ask about the missing bento. Finally, I was on my feet ready to go get the "boss lady" when she realized I was on my way over. When we told her that Bento F had not arrived, she said... "you didn't order it" and "I wondered why HE wasn't eating". WTF? Then why was a miso soup (part of the bento set) delivered to the OH? After a brief "discussion" (yes we did order it, no you didn't, yes we did), she headed for the kitchen. Both step-daughter and I had finished our meals by the time his arrived with a muttered "sorry".
During all this time, no fresh tea was offered, although the servers were bustling the teapot around to other tables.
OK, enough venting. Quality of food was "meh" to the extreme. Value was not there - my icky sauce-drowned "ten-don" was $10, small and stringy goma-ae was $4, the bento (standard amount of food, and the tempura was not hot) was $15. The room was standard "Japanese" with phony cherry blossoms. The bathroom was clean enough.
The bill was the only thing to arrive with any alacrity, and there was an extra charge for a soft drink that had neither been ordered nor received. The charge was removed without any apology, and there was nothing else removed from the bill for the aggravation of their "overlooking" one order. They actually stuck to their story that we had NOT ordered the bento!
Would NOT recommend for quality, will NOT return because of having to argue to get an order that HAD been placed.
I've enjoyed the food at Halu Sushi for 4-5 years now. The food is very tasty, and always fresh! The service is wonderful, the girls are always happy, which in turns makes me in a better mood!
I do enjoy my favourite: Teriyaki chicken and tempura! I know...not sushi-like foods, but they make them perfectly and for $6.95 for box A ...it's a dream come true :) I hope they never take it off the menu!
I'm a huge fan of Japanese restaurants that have other things to offer aside from sushi!
Now as for the sushi, it's not the cheapest, but it's always fresh, and tasty! Compared to other sushi restaurants Halu Sushi's prices are right where they should be.
The ambiance is ....just perfect! It's very modern, clean and well decorated.
They are closed on Sundays, just a FYI.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Maple Ridge :)
My husband and I are food snobs, a tough pair to please. We moved from Yaletown to Maple Ridge, and Halu Sushi is our go-to place for fresh, delicious, clean sushi. They are always busy, you never get the feeling anything has sat or was a left over. Most sushi places don't have enough customers, ergo the food doesn't get turned over enough. Not the case here.
Good food. Consistently delicious.
Ok guys here's the scoop. I am not very adventurous when it comes to sushi but I have to say that this is the best sushi I have ever had.Basically you walk in and they say "come to pick up?" They must have alot of take out customers, which is a GOOD thing! I only order take out but it is soooo superb. I would recommend the bento box A. you get tempura,fresh veggies,teriyaki(which is sooo yummy) a container of rice and miso soup, salad with a rad dressing, and also a kind of surprise delectible which is always tasty. You can also add california rolls to your box for a cheap price. I would also totally recommend the following:Goma-ae(spinach with sesame),Gyoza,Edamame(soy beans),tempura,teriyaki roll,Hot night roll, any volcano roll, or any special roll combo. I love this place and I highly reccomend it. All you maple ridgers and tourists, stop here and eat it's excellent!The staff are very friendly and they always greet you when you walk in and say goodbye when you leave.
This is a favorite spot for my girlfriend and I when we want to grab something that's quick and delicious. The service is really good, and they are all very polite and courteous there. I decided to post this quick review of their place because I noticed some lower ratings, which I didn't feel described this place fairly at all. I have been here about 10 times so far or more, and out of all those times I can't think of anything negative to mention at all. If I could change one thing about the place it would be that it is a little bit expensive for what we order, but it all depends on what you get. All in all I would give it a 9/10 and would definitely recommend it. I usually order a bowl of edamame beans to split, and 1 california roll and 5 salmon nigiri rolls for myself.
I frequent alot of sushi restaurants around town. This one isn't anything great. I had sushi/sashimi combo and a chicken teriyaki don. sushi/sashimi wasn't bad but exactly the same as every other sushi shop in town. Nothing special. The chicken teriyaki don was disgusting though. Way too much rice and the vegetables looked pre cooked and they loaded wayyyyy too much sauce on the dish. It was too over powering for me to taste anything else. Few chunks of chicken probably frozen not fresh chicken. If you want something hot do not go here. Maybe if you're looking for some quick rolls for sure otherwise give it a pass. The only good thing was the ambiance. It was recently renovated so it looked great. Service was ok too I guess.