Ki Sushi was formerly named Kirin Sushi and is open 7 days a week 11:00am to 10:00pm.
Restaurant is directly across the street from a sky train depot so expect to see a lot of seedy characters hanging around. Restaurant is spacious with a few tatami rooms. Service is excellent, in fact I saw so many waitresses a thought occurred that this place is overstaffed. Food is solid. Prawn tempura, seafood udon, beef yakisoba plus 2 cali rolls. All acceptable.
New Westminster is probably the last choice to pop up in my head to go to for sushi, but I was pleasantly surprised when I was treated to dinner here. Of the things I sampled, most were quite good. I must mention the one thing that stood out for me. The wild salmon.
I prefer tuna to salmon, but I just couldn't help myself from trying it. The color itself makes you want to eat it. The texture was much different from the regular. Hard to describe, you'll have to try it for yourself.
I would say the value is pretty good, especially if you order the boats. More volume than many other places. Service was a little iffy. They were polite, but they forgot an order for an udon and said it was on its way when clearly, they just re-submitted the order when they were "checking on it". By the time it finally came, everyone else was already finished and full.
No apologies were given.
We've been frequenting this restaurant for many years now and it's always great!
This is almost like eating at an AYCE but with better quality food. The portions are on the larger size and freshly prepared.
The chicken terriyaki comes on a sizzling plate. My favorites here include the sockeye salmon sashimi (they only use sockeye here), chilled tofu, chicken katsu (only place I'll have it is here, no other place compares). An unusual but yummy dish is the salmon fried rice. The chicken karage is boneless and tasty as well.
I don't really like the yakisoba here.
Their sushi is pretty good, though the California roll is premade now so I avoid that. The pink roll is a favorite.
I find the service here is pretty good, but I'm also a regular customer so that might help.
Had lunch here today with a friend. I had that bara chirasi, which was surprisingly good at $10. Lots of fish, and very tasty rice. My friend had a lunch box with udon, tempera and some sushi for $9. Udon was standard, tempera was pretty good with a good amount and the 4 pieces of sushi where fresh and well proportioned. I would have given the value a 5/5 if it hadn't been for the black cod, which was the special of the day. For $7 I was expecting more than one small piece of black cod. In its defense it was good, but seemed strangely expensive relative to the other food we ordered.
Service was standard, but at least the servers seemed to be in a good mood. Food came out quickly, and someone did come around to refill tea.
Everything was clean, but showing its age, with some peeling wallpaper.
Overall I would say it was good, and I would return again, but stick with the lunch specials for the good value.
Big portions, quality food, outstanding value and a bright, cheery staff, what's not to like?
I have now been to Ki Sushi twice and both times I can report excellent experiences. My most recent visit was last weekend. This is a busy sushi place so you may experience a bit of a wait if you have a large party and arrive around dinner time.
Last weekend despite it being rather busy my dining partner and I settled for a spot at the sushi bar. Our tea cups were filled immediately with a very nice Japanese tea and our order taken shortly thereafter by a very friendly but busy server.
Once again I ordered the Spicy Sushi Combo. Eighteen pieces of sushi for 8.50 Six pieces each of spicy tuna, spicy salmon and a rather interesting and tasty beef teriyaki roll.
The nice thing too about Ki Sushi is that they don't use a ton of rice like many sushi places do in fact the rice portion is minimal. The taste of the fish comes shining through and they don't skimp on the fish either.
Out of all the sushi places I have been to so far Ki is at the top of the list. Going back again soon, maybe even this weekend.
Rating a restaurant like Kirin is tough. I ordered a nigiri combo and a maple roll. Some of the nigiri jumped out at me immediately, as did the maple roll (tuna on the inside, salmon and roe outside). However, I had some of my strongest and most favourable impressions of the food after I left the restaurant. It's like the quality of the food snuck up on me. I would rank Kirin in the top 25% of Japanese restaurants in the Lower mainland and, hence, it gets an overall rating of Outstanding. I'm looking forward to going back and test driving the rest of the fare.
Went there for lunch one day. Although the place was quite crowded, they set me at the bar almost right away. Good lunch menu selection, lots of bento and sushi combo choices. The prices are great too for Japanese food.
I ordered a bento with udon, sushi, and tempura. The presentation of the food was great, everything was attractively arranged on the tray. The tempura was crispy, and the batter was just the right thickness.
I was quite impressed with everything until I put the first piece of sushi into my mouth. The fish was like a sponge, there was literally water filling my mouth as I bite into the piece. It was the most tasteless and most disgusting piece of sushi I've ever tasted. Then I though I would give them another chance by putting the salmon sushi into my mouth - same thing! Oh yuck....even their california roll was not really up to standard. Everything was tasteless and watery, seems like someone did a poor job defrosting the fish.
All in all, if you're all for cooked food, this is the place for you. But for those sushi fan, I would try somewhere else.
This is where you go to get some good japanese food. The portion is average, the quality of the food is good, the price is lower than most, the service is average, so overall this restaurant would be on my top 5 for japanese food just because the food is good.
Keep in mind this place doesn't have fancy smancy neo japanese food. No fusion cooking technique or pretentious presentation of food either, just solid good quality food that taste like japanese food in japan.
I've been going to Ki-Sushi for about year because of the convenient location. I love the new place. I do agree with many people that certain days of the week or hours of the day, the service could be a lot better. There was a time where one of the waitresses had this rude attitude towards a question about certain rolls to my friend... but other then that, they have been very friendly every time I have gone with a few to a quite large group of friends.
I am pretty surprised on the quality of most of their food (well seasoned and decent portions) and essentially the good speed, to me it's not too fast and not too quick, and I actually like the fact the waitress leaves us alone when we are trying to decide on what to order (it's boring and lame to constantly order the same thing repeatedly).
The new location you can see the handful of (dominantly men from what I remember) making sushi. There are enough that I think they have a convenient line-cook style like method, because most of the fancy rolls are just fancy California rolls so I think. some of them make California rolls constantly... The only real disappointment is that their fancy rolls are essentially just overpriced California rolls... the outside is the fancy additional flavor.. and to me it's too expensive just to have a pretty outside of a roll.
I have tried their chicken and beef teriyaki and I LOVE it there - their okonomiyaki is not traditional it's more "Chinese style" as my friends and I call it (so if you're looking for the real thing, I suggest you avoid it). Another thing that has bothered me is that their menu is very inefficient, it would be great if they revised the menu and actually put in detail the contents of each roll (mainly for people who have a few things they are picky about or are allergic to, or even prefer and find interesting). The most inefficient thing of all is that they only have one area to pay - people paying separately, people getting and paying for take-out... It gets very full and having to wait for five minutes or more just to pay is really annoying.
I've been to Ki Sushi 7 or 8 times now. It's just a couple of blocks from Douglas College in New Westminster where I go to school. While Ki Sushi is quite good, there is really nothing exceptional about it. The food is enjoyable, and the service is what I generally tend to expect in an average sushi place; you're treated politely and courteously but the actual service is fairly slow. Their lunch menu is actually quite good value for the money. I would go back again if I was in the area and wanted sushi, but I probably wouldn't make it a destination.
Love this place, house rolls are amazing, and if you do take out there pretty quick. I like the chicken don and the tempura's are made right here.I will be returning and all my friends enjoyed the takeout as well. Next time your ordering out, I suggest not ordering pizza but sushi from the place, thank you and keep it up.
Maybe it was just the time of the day I went. But the sushi was absolutely disgusting. When you order something and it comes not even 5 minutes later, you have to question when it was made. The dinomite roll was soggy, and the tempura was disgusting to the point that eating it made me sick afterwards. As I look at the other reviews and even the clientele in the restaurant I question myself to whether or not people know what good-fresh sushi tastes like.
The waitress forgot my friends miso soup and he practically had to stand up and start waving his hand for them to notice us. From that point on we vowed never to eat at this japanese establishment again.
With the myriad of sushi places in the Lower Mainland, this is by far one of our most favourite, if not THE favourite? We do have favourites in the city, though this place is excellent value for money, food quality, variety and service. We live in Coquitlam now as we recently moved from Vancouver dowtown and are happy to make the trip here because we know the sushi is top notch here.
omg i totally agree with all of you! My family and I go there all the time because they have really good sushi at reasonable prices. When they were first starting out, all the people there were really nice and friendly, but as the restaurant gained popularity and got busier, the service went downhillllll. I especially dislike the girl at the cash who answers the phone, she is so rude. Never smiles and only flirts with the male customers (saw for myself one time when I went to order take out). There is one girl who's worked there for a long time, long black hair, usually in a pony tail- she's alright. The others are just horrible, never smiles, and seems to get angry when you ask for things.
BAD BAD service. We should all let them know when we go eat there next time so maybe they'll fire some of the waitresses.
Still keeping up its standard.All the menu items iv tried were good.A little too long a wait but pleasent surroundings.
I am a regular and its worth the wait.I will keep on going till the lineup gets too big
Ki sushi offers a good quality dining experience from service to value. The food is fresh and portion sizes are fair. I've tried dine-in and take-out and was satisfied every time. It's nothing overly new or different - it's a very standard sushi menu but I appreciate their constant service. Would def recommend to friends and family.
The place is always busy, but have never had to wait very long for a table. The food is good value for what you pay, and is decent as well. At lunch time it is very common to hear "lucky choice" a selection of 3 items plus miso soup for around $8. Kitchen is efficient as well, be it with sushi or cooked items, they always come in a reasonable time to be in and out in a short work week lunch time.
I admit, after ten years living in Japan, I am very hard to please when it comes to Japanese restaurants. Usually I find that unless Japanese are running the place or behind the sushi bar, it's a gamble at best.
Kirin is the second exception to this rule in New West (the first being Hi, Dozo).
It's not outstanding, but it is solidly good. The croquette sushi (which might be what the menu refers to Koloke---there's no 'l' in Japanese, so...) was surprising, because no Japanese I know would ever think of that, but it was good.
The ambience is a bit tatterdemalion. I nearly hurt myself laughing in the men's--the photo above the loo is of Japanese New Years' food. It's not usually appetizing to think about food as you see a man about a dog, as it were...
The service was attentive, but again, not outstanding.
Still, an excellent value. I think we'll go back.
I've eaten here many times and have always enjoyed the food. The sushi combo's are quite a good deal. The place can get quite busy so with that in mind I've usually been happy with the service except for the odd occasion. I am going to try other sushi places in town but definitely will go again as well.
Since we've moved to New West, we've been trying to find a decent Sushi restaurant nearby.
With Ki (renamed from Kirin to eliminate confusion with the recently-opened Kirin Chinese restaurant also in New West), we've found a solid, consistent sushi joint.
Food is fresh and tasty with some innovative rolls. Their sashimi (we mostly eat Tuna and Salmon) is also consistently fresh and they serve wild sockeye salmon.
Service if you dine in also solid. If you do get seated in one of their "tatami rooms", the servers do sometimes forget to check-in but for the most part they are fast and attentive.
Service if you take out or deliver is phenomenally fast. Orders from hanging up the phone to delivery at the door has been as quick as 15 minutes so in a pinch, if we didn't feel like cooking, Ki as always ready to serve!
Prices are very good for the quality and freshness of sushi.
For those dining in, there's nothing outstanding about the dining room, it's clean, bright and gets the job done.
Definite repeat diners at Ki!