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.
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!
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.
My family and I went to this restaurant for the first time because I heard from a friend that this place is one of the better sushi restaurants in town. We ordered quite a few number of dishes, including Bara Chiara (spelling mistake), Seafood Salad, Salmon sashimi (Sockeye), Agedashi Tofu, Oyster Motoyaki, Assorted Tempura, Ebi sunomono, etc.
Most of the food we ate were decent until we discovered something unexpected in our sashimi. First, we found a large fish bone (approximately 2-3 cm in length) in our order of sockeye salmon sashimi. When we notified the waitress about it, her explanation was that it was because the fishes are freshly cut and that the chefs are in a hurry, so they might have made a mistake and left the fish bone in there. But hey, which japanese restaurant isn't busy and doesn't prepare the sashimi from fresh fish? She made it sound like it happens quite often, which we were very suprised by. That was all she said to us, she did not offer us any compensation at all. We decided to let it go since we were all in a good mood and the restaurant did look pretty busy. A bit later, when our Bara Chiara (mixed raw seafood on top of rice) came, we discovered ANOTHER fish bone in the sashimi. We told the waitress about it again, and she apologized again and said she was very surprised that this is happening because it's her first time seeing it. SAME FOR US TOO! We told her politely that this is very dangerous especially if someone swallowed those fish bones, and she finally offered us ONE order of free ice cream... We had to ask for the 2nd order for the TWO fish bones we discovered.
Overall, my experience at this restaurant was well below average. The customer service we received and the food that we got definitely made our visit the last time.
Watchout for fishbones......
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.
I've visited this restaurant times and times in the past, all for take-out as it's near where I live, and I've never run into any problems, with service or food. This Wednesday I decided to "ENJOY" it in the restaurant, but it turned out to be a big mistake and disappointment.
And that was all because the waitress called M who put me to a corner table. She left me with the Menu and never turned back until I asked her to take my orders several time.
My order should be with miso soup and she didn’t bring it until I asked again. And she didn’t give me any explanation. Fine, as long as you gave me my right food. But what, you didn’t! I ordered sushi dinner by changing the prawn temp to veggie. The food was brought without changes. And the waitress didn’t give me any explanation.
I've been eating at Ki Sushi for over 8 years and have loved it since my first experience!!
I've tried many sushi places all over the lower main land, hoping that even simple dishes would measure up, but I always return to Ki Sushi. My favorite is their vegetable Yakisoba noodle dish! It's always hot, crispy and delicious. They make their sushi rolls small enough so they don't fall apart on the way to your plate or mouth and the rice is always fresh and moist. And the tempera is always piping hot, the batter is light & not too oily & the veggies are done just right.
I love this place so much that I decided to have my wedding rehersal dinner here. We booked reservations and took up 3 tatami rooms. I've returned over & over again with new friends and family & haven't been disapointed no matter who I bring!
Sometimes the service is a little slow if they're really busy, but most of the time I get more than enough. It's worth waiting in line for and if you ask for a private booth or tatami room (for a larger party) the experience will be even better.
One thing my family & friends always mention is how inexpencive Ki Sushi is. You really can fill up for a fair price! They are my favorite take out place as well, which is also very popular, and the food is always ready so fast!
I hope you will give it a try!
When I wanna go sushi, ki is always the 1st sushi place I wanna go. Their food is good, price is reasonable, but as ya guys said ya may surprised by their services. I have been ki for many times, their waitress r moodily. Sometimes they r nice and patiently, sometimes especially when they r busy they r sooooo rude. And if ya don’t pay any tips for their rudeness they won’t say “ thx” when ya leave.
I when there months ago on a Wed. night. My girlfriend ordered a sashimi dinner box. After 20mins waiting the waitress end up with giving me something different. I asked her politely. She said she needed to conform with the order waitress, a young girl who dyed her hair yellow. When the order waitress came, she was QUESTING me what did I wanna. Hello, ya took a wrong order,ok!? Ya should say sorry. She was unbelievably rude, smileless, and cannot even express herself clearly. And she sounded angry when she talked. I came there with my girlfriend for a nice relaxing dinner, she screwed my night up.
In average, ki has great food. They r fast, and clean. Sometime their services r very good, even the chefs working at sushi bar say thx. But sometimes, like that Wed. the services was horrible. Now I mostly order food to go. I will never back on Wed.
Never have I had a restaurant turn down a delivery order for under 5km away because "it too far!" The sushi quality is decent, but the service received is absolutely dismal. I respect the people working in the service industry, but having the server answer the phone and turn down my order because we lived too far was unexpected and uncalled for.
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.
We have eaten at Kirin almost weekly for the past 5 years. We usually go on a Thursday night when Kathy is one of the Servers. Kathy is bright, intelligent, friendly, efficient and quick. Can remember orders from months back and if there is ever a problem, instantly fixes it. Apart from her, I have to agree with the previous comments about the service. It's always disappointing to have service from anyone else.
The food is good, portions are generous and two can have a very nice meal for $30 or less and leave with a good, full feeling. The owners have spent a lot of money to start the new Dragon Palace next door which looks good. However they could have done well to spend a little of that money to refresh the interior of Kirin. Because it's so popular and busy it's looking a little tattered around the edges.
The owner is very friendly and approachable. Have enjoyed most of our experiences at Kirin's over the past 5 years and will certainally continue to dine there.
Rand & Fumi