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Ki Sushi

31 8th St
New Westminster, BC V3M3N7
Tel: (604) 521-1833
Fax: (604) 519-1388
Neighbourhood: Quay
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 11AM - 10PM
  • Ki Sushi was formerly named Kirin Sushi and is open 7 days a week 11:00am to 10:00pm.

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badddddd service, good food
By babyfoo of burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great little place for sushi
By PickPete of coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

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

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safe sushi option
By yumkins of new westminter (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 7:08pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good place for a quick lunch
By rhobear of Surrey (29 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 1:16pm [Dine in]

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.

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better than expected
By momotaro of New Westminster (28 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 30, 2006 - 9:56am [Dine in]

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.

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Great sushi for dine in or take out!
By kels of New West (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 5:07pm [Dine in]

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.

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Awful
By Lq2013 of Burnaby / New West (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

Poor service. No one even asked us if everything was ok. We watched a couple sit for 15 min without service and get up and leave. The staff never even looks at you so you can wave them over if you need something. They don't even know what the things on the menu are. After we ate our kids wanted another tobiko nigri and we sat for 20 min waiting and then ended just getting up and leaving. Then when we got our bill at the front it has the tobiko that we never received was on there. Food was poor quality. Not worth it. NEVER GOING BACK. Don't waste your time or money.

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Great Sushi Night Out
By Debs of Vancouver (east) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 8, 2012 - 11:25pm [Dine in]

It so refreshing to see a restaurant fill there sits and serve everyone in a fast manner.

Before I knew it our food dishes were out in front of us. The Miso soup has a great flavour and the sushi was fresh.

The only thing that was just o.k., was the spicy tuna roll, the spicy had a great flavour but the cut of the tuna was not the best.

The menu had many choices for all kinds of different tast buds so if you have friends that are picky than this place has some choices.

Service was great and nice to see smiles from people in the customer srevice business.

Great Dine:)

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I love this place!
By joeperrymc of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 21, 2012 - 10:52am [Dine in]

I have lived in New Westminster for over a year and have been going to ki sushi almost every week. Out of the hundreds of visits only a few were unpleasant, the food is always good and cheep but the service can be pretty bad sometimes, But over all it is definitely a place worth checking out

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So-so Sushi
By T-Town of Quay, New Westminster (24 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 30, 2009 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

Japanese food can be done well and it can be done so-so. This place falls into the category. Sometimes the food (non-sushi items) here does not appeared to be well-cooked, which is a concern. As with most Japanese places, the prices are a bit more expensive per item than at other types of food places. So-so sushi.

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I don't understand why there's so many good reviews. This place is a fail for me...
By FunnyAngel of Burnaby, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 12:56am [Dine in]

So, I came here yesterday for a birthday dinner with my friends--a big group of 15 people. With that said, that meant we basically ordered every single dish on their specials menu plus a party tray, lots of tempura, and sashimi. I was going to find their online menu and critique every single dish. But I just realized, all the dishes were either bland, tasteless, or not really memorable at all; therefore, I decided other wise.--I'm doing this by groups.
Maki sushi: The ones in the party tray, for some reason, tasted all the same. The rolls were loose too, so they kept falling apart when I tried to pick them up with my chopsticks. The ingredients aren't really that fresh, and there's no "special" taste to any of their specials rolls. I love trying innovative sushi, and I have to say, I was severely disappointed. Tomoya hands down beats this place. And even the sushi joint, Makoto, near my house, serves much more creative and GOOD-TASTING sushi than them (for better value too). All in all, I have nothing good to say about the maki here.

Sashimi: I love how they use wild sockeye salmon. We ordered 3 orders of it. My friends liked it and all commented on how red it was. I had to explain to them that wild sockeye salmon is redder than farmed Atlantic salmon used at most other restaurants. Anyway, the salmon was mushi. So that made me really sad, because I was hoping for that fresh, slightly sweet taste from salmon when you get it at good Japanese restaurants. I love Ki sushi's intentions, but they failed at the execution. Wild or not, it wasn't fresh.
Toro sashimi:tasted just like normal tuna, but it was lighter in colour. I enjoy Tojo's much better.
Beef Tataki: My friends said Tomokazu's all you can beef tataki is better. But I say, Guu's is the winner. In math it'll look like this: Guu>Tomokazu>Ki Sushi = We all agreed that it wasn't that good.
Tempura: Please DON'T order their prawn tempura. Waste of money. Worse than all-you-can-eat tempura. Too much batter. Too oily and couldn't even find the shrimp. Yam tempura was much better, but its yam--can't screw that up.

To avoid sounding so bitter about Ki Sushi, I'll add some good points now.

Ambiance was pretty awesome. The place looks great, lots of rooms--great for a date. There's also a fountain in the middle to add to the Japanese experience.

Service: The people who own the restaurant where Chinese, so not as authentic, but still okay service. Had to yell loudly a few times to get their attention because my party was sitting in a room and they don't really notice us as much. One of my friends had to go out and fill a pitcher of cold water herself too. The restaurant wasn't even that busy either. But the food did come really fast. So that was good.

O ya, almost forget, we also had their daily special, the mackeral sashimi that night. The presentation was fantastic. But the taste was fishy. =[

I don't know why there's so many good reviews. I've eaten at lots of Japanese restaurants and I've been to Japan. This place is truly, not that good in the food perspective--which I think is what matters the most.

Caution the overrated reviews. I'm not a connoisseur, but I'd go to another restaurant for better Japanese food.

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Ki Sushi
By Ladygray of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 7:54pm [Dine in]

First off I must definitely say this is about my favourite restaurant but especially so outside of Vancouver. The 5 in food quality, is for me obvious as short of the big expensive places in downtown Vancouver its the only place I've been served sashimi at the proper temperature... ( not still frozen.) In my experience all the sushi and sashimi has been fresh, well cut, and delicious. It's one of few restaurants’ that I will order salmon sashimi from as their fish is never stringy. I’m less well versed in the cooked items, but the appetizers such as gyoza, chicken karage, and the like are all excellent. The only think on the menu that I have not enjoyed was the Shrimp toast, but that might be chalked up to personal taste as it was a bit more greasy then I had expected. By far my personal favourite at Ki sushi is there tuna tataki. I would highly recommend that everyone give some of there specialty rolls a shot as there quite yummy despite being pricier then some of the more traditional items.

Now as for the service, I am personally shocked by some of the poor reviews. Even at its busiest I’ve never had to wait long for food, nor have I ever had a mistake made in my orders. As for the waitresses I recognise a few of them, and there always nice enough. Admittedly not the sort that are overly friendly or talkative, but rather quiet and unobtrusive. Personally I enjoy this as I don’t go out to restaurants to chat with the servers, but rather with my dining party.

As for the atmosphere and aesthetic its pretty, but of course has nothing on a lot of the places in downtown Vancouver. One nice feature is the koi pond which is quite pretty, and when you can hear it (it’s a busy place) sounds lovely. I do feel quite sorry for the fish though, since careless customers keep throwing coins in their home. As mentioned above fortunately for the owners, but less so for the diner ki sushi is often a very busy restaurant so I recommend making reservations, and attending an early or late lunch or dinner rather then heading in during their busiest hours. I would highly recommend a private booth at ki sushi as the location for a business lunch, group celebration or a first date. In a booth the restaurant has a very private feel.

Finally cost. Ki Sushi certainly isn’t the cheapest restaurant around but its well worth the price, you can get away with lunch for two for about 30 dollars but many of the more interesting items can be pricier.

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What sets this place apart from the many others?
By cnewwest of New Westminster (28 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 11:34am [Dine in]

The sushi here is better than average. I have had a lot better, but also a lot worse. For example, they don't try get away with serving pre-made cold dynamite rolls as some other places do. If I wanted those, I would have stopped by Costco on the way home and picked up a sushi package.

As for the quality of the fish, it is generally fresh (as it should be!). I think that at times they served sockeye in their rolls, but I am not 100% sure, and I suspect that most of the time it is the same farmed junk that most sushi restaurants serve. You can't always easily tell by the color and fat content. I will need to ask the next time I order. However, I know that they used to offer wild sockeye sashimi here. Anyway, diners are now faced with ethical questions when eating ANY type of salmon now.

The teriyaki and noodle dishes are fine, and will satisfy those who do not have a taste for sushi. The ambiance is just "ok" when eating in. The restaurant is usually busy with couples, and the wait staff is generally satisfactory. There is reasonable pricing here.

I have given this place 5 stars for their delivery service. We have ordered several times from this restaurant, and they have yet to foul up our order. Only twice has the length of time with delivery been unreasonable and exceeded 45 minutes. Delivery is courteous and correct. Two people can get food delivery from here a good price.

Thumbs up to this place for being a neighborhood restaurant that provides value.

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2 Thumbs Up!
By SpeedRacer of New Westminster (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 10:20pm [Dine in]

Now called Ki Sushi, this restaurant was recommended by some friends, so we decided to give it a try. We haven't looked back since! The food is consistantly good, prepared & serve fairly quickly, even when its busy. We go there on an average of about 3-5 times a month. I don't remember ever having a bad meal there. They serve good sushi at a reasonable price. I highly recommend trying them out, if you haven't already done so.

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Still a New West Favourite
By hungrydog of Burnaby (20 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:03pm [Dine in]

Ki Sushi, formerly Kirin Sushi is still some of the best and most creative sushi there is in New West. We eat at Ki Sushi on a very regular basis and always receive top quality food and service. The portion size is not like the new sushi restaurants which are owned and operated by Korean people. The Korean operated places are good for what they are; you receive massive slices and servings of nearly frozen tuna and salmon. The Ki Sushi chefs use a much more delicate hand when cutting and serving their sushi.

As for someone thinking that they might get sick from eating the food at Ki Sushi, you are simply mistaken. My family has been eating at Ki Sushi for many years and not once has any member of my family been sick from the food eaten there or felt that they might have been served food of suspect quality.

I am not claiming that the food or service at Ki Sushi is on par with the finest sushi restaurants in our city (Tojo's for example) or in Japan; Ki Sushi is, simply put, very good quality sushi.

Strongly recommended.

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Now called Ki -- to distinguish it from the Chinese restaurant called Kirin
By joecat of New Westminster (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 29, 2007 - 7:41pm [Dine in]

A nice and popular place right across from New Westminster skytrain station.
We had the dinner for two, and everything was great quality. I loved the variety. It comes with miso soup, sunomono, tempura, chicken karaage, sashimi, nigiri, maki rolls and ice cream. You also get a choice of oyster motoyako and chawan mushi, so we ordered one of each.
I've also had take out from here several times.

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One of my Favourite Little Spots
By Souren of Coquitlam (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is great. I often go here with my friends when we need our sushi fix. The food is consistantly good. The service is far from excellent, however. Many of the servers are cold and distant, which is a shame, because the ambiance is outstanding. The little koi pond is one of the nicest features in any Japanese restaurant I've visited. The food isn't overpriced, but its certainly not cheap. I definitely reccomend everyone try this place at least once!

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Solid Food, Sevice mixed.
By amator of New Westminster (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 6, 2007 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

This is a solid Sushi place in the burb.

Rolls are imaginative and above average and nigiris are quite solidly prepared. Their deep fried kitchen menu's are fair as well. But one occation I had ordered ohitashi (spinitch in soy based sauce), it was drenched in soysauce... (you are supposed to put touch of soy sace and rest dashi...) Gyoza was average but not what I would come for.

About service, I would have to agree with most of the reviewers as below, most Japanese restaurant does not have great services (at least in Greater Vancouver including much more expensive ones) but this place was unbelievable, it was almost comical. Last couple of visits I saw a slight improvent in service so I hope this will be a good sign.

Any how, solid sushi if you are in the neighborhood.

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Getting worse
By stapler of richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 8, 2007 - 1:08am [Dine in]

I 'm totally agree the last two comment about that restaurant. I understand they were busy but I never see any simle from their face. They tried to push you to eat fast and leave. I had to say that I need to find another japanese restaurant to eat. It was so sad that a good restaurant running by a poor management group. If you don't care about the services, their food is really fresh and taste.

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Decent sushi and prices, servers are another story...
By pickygirl of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 2, 2007 - 10:23am [Dine in]

Me and my friends go here often! We love the sashimi and sushi--especially the golden California rolls! The prices are reasonable and the quantity of food is good to generous.

The ambiance is lacking and it is not in the best part of New West. The parking lot on the side of Kirin's is a site for questionnable activites!

Most of the servers are less than friendly. One of the waitresses with a long ponytail is the friendliest (comparatively). I understand Jaynedoe. We had servers be rude/roll their eyes before and cut us off when we tried to politely ask them for tea. But in those visits, we did not leave any tip. But luckily, that is not the norm!

Yet we go back because we quite like the sushi and think the food value is pretty good. But I definitely wouldn't go here for a first date, whether casual or not.

If you are someone who works for Kirin reading this, could you please let the Owner/Mgr know that it is NOT acceptable to varnish/ polyurethane your walls while there are guests eating! I'm the sure the Health Board would agree.

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