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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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Watch Out For The Servers
By jaynedoe of Coquitlam/Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 9, 2007 - 3:29pm [Dine in]

I go to Douglas College (just up the street) so I go to this sushi restaurant quite often. I also go in the evenings with friends/dates as well.
I think the food is outstanding. I'm a vegetarian so I tend to pick Maki and other vegetarian rolls off the menu. I find that it's fresh and delicious. That's why I always go back.

However, there are two servers that sticks out in my mind. They tend to look so miserable and they are very rude. Only once did one of the serves actually smile, and I was shocked because her reputation to me is "misery". There is only one server I actually prefer and I always ask her to serve me, seeing as the other ones make the experience an awful one.

The mean server, rolled her eyes and sighed when I asked for booth because I was with two friends. What the hell was that? The staff there are not at all gracious or kind. And she's not like that with only me, I see her like that with all the other patrons.

Overall, its a good restaurant, but I rather do take out instead of dine in because of the rude service.

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NEW WEST has good sushi!
By fook_yu of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 29, 2006 - 2:09pm [Dine in]

Despite the location which might throw people off into thinking it's another sushi trap...this place is one of the best Jap restaurants I've tried in the lower mainland (This and Minato on broadway and Sushi Town on Hastings burnaby are the 3 I think of when craving Jap food).

They have some orginial rolls you won't find elsewhere; a wide selection too. THey added some new rolls like someone else mentioned and I tried one of it with the unagi (forgot what it was called) and it was soo good we were fighting for the last piece.

Their rolls are all 8 good size pieces too which is a big portion considering the price. We always get the toro cheeks which they grill (a lil pricey) and you have to ask them if they have it for the day cuz i dont' think its on the menu. Rainbow Roll is a better tasting California Roll w/ salmon sashimi and shrimp on top. Their Sashimi is fresh, tempura crisply fried, and their Tofu Teppanyaki is always steaming hot w/ perfect tasting teriyaki sauce on top.

It's super close to my house so my family always goes here. My dad's a super picky eater yet he always wants to go to this place. It's a nice, clean environment and I'm just surprised that its not always packed. It's right across from New West skytrain station which is super convenient...chek it out guys!

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Kirin Sushi is a good place to have fresh japanese food!
By Only4 of New West (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 4, 2006 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

I absolutely agree with the prior posting. If we have the craving for sushi, Kirin is always our first choice! We are happy to have this restaurant in our neighbourhood! The prices are very reasonable, the staff friendly and the sushi very well prepared! There is actually nothing on the menu I wouldn't recommend!

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Cheap but not great.
By Eve-L NW of New Westminster, (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 19, 2010 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

I’ve been to Ki Sushi so many times… I don’t go in quite as much now since I’ve read their health inspection reports and since I’ve discovered Sushi Paradise (across from Century House), but I still go now and then. I guess the familiarity keeps me coming back.

The ambiance is alright. The place isn’t very clean and some parts would really need to be cleaned up. There is no music, which I appreciate (I love music but restaurants, trying to please as many people as possible, will often go with unbearably dull music… I just prefer silence to that). The fountain at the entrance is kind of cool, the fishies are cute, though I always find it ironic that they’re swimming next to the sushi bar…

Service is alright, I can see how some people might find the servers rude, but they’re fast and efficient for sure. For me, as a former regular, they recognize me and they’re usually plenty friendly. Some more than others. The delivery guy is also very nice. The only thing is you might get some of the appetizers after the sushi. It’s only a minor annoyance.

The food… Ugh, it’s decent. I’ve had so much better elsewhere. It doesn’t always taste the freshest either, but that said, I’ve never been sick eating there, and as I mentioned I’ve been there MANY times. They use a lot of mayo and some of the rolls fall apart when you pick them up with your chopsticks. The skin on the unagi is always a little gross. Their tempura is slightly too greasy and I always end up eating the vegetable and leaving most of the batter (I almost never order it). They have okay udon and my friend was impressed with the inari. She said it’s the best she’s ever had. It’s true that it’s quite good. The gyoza is passable. The wakame and gomae are good. I’ve had their tuna tataki once and I really liked it, the sauce they serve with it was really good. Their miso soup is standard (if slightly lacking in flavour) but I wish they’d put nori in it.

Value is good, it’s very cheap. You get what you pay for though. Unlike Sushi Paradise where it’s really cheap for really good and fresh food.

I’ll go back because the location is convenient but I can’t recommend it too strongly. If you’re in the area and want cheap sushi, go, but don’t make a special trip for it.

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I Got Snubbed
By Atarius of Burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 1:00am [Dine in]

The food is good: nice presentations and right balance in flavors and textures. However, if it gets busy, you get snubbed by the servers. And sometimes, the food takes a long time to get to you, so it definitely tests your patience.

It's a nice little restaurant with a small pool filled with colorful carp in the front. Overall, it's a pretty good place to go and I recommend it. Just don't expect to be pampered.

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Bigger is NOT better
By Ksukkau of New Westminster (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

I had been going to this place for years at an average of 4 times a month, until they expanded.
Their food was amazing, service and value however plumited when they expanded and the ambiance wasn't becomes irrelevant when you're waiting 1.5 hours for your food to finally reach everyone at the table. The rolls where also practically falling apart when they had arrived. The waitress had also forgotten items we were specificly there for (my wife and I were addicted to the beef tetakki). When we finally got our bill after what seemed like forever, there were a few items we hadn't ordered and we were charged for items we ordered but hadn't received. We decided to give it another shot but with an order for pick up, that was when we drew the line, it was as if the chef had absolutely NO pride in his work. The rolls were a mess, the sashimi just didn't taste right and we had to throw it out. The service again was TERRIBLE, they told us 15minutes, we always arrive 20minutes after placing our order to ensure they have time. We ended up waiting there another 15 for our food and then the lady who charged us for it took the liberty of adding the tip to the debit machine herself! At that point my wife demanded it be returned and as far as us returning, it will never happen.

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Nice fresh japanese food
By NAVY MAN of Port Moody, Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 7:05pm [Dine in]

Our regular Oriental restaurant was closed for a wedding so we stumbled on the Ki by accident - it is one of four in this area and we flipped a coin.

Very small food, good service though specially for an Oriental joint but excellent value at $15 each. Small portions so count on that when you calculate value.

The Singapore noodles (I guess that is what they are called) are good and slurpy.

It seems to be very popular with the local Chinese and it filled up quickly after we arrived.

The Ki will now become our regular oriental restaurant

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Absolutely TERRIBLE Service!!
By jnols of New Westminster BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 10:05pm [Dine in]

Was my first time to this place and the service was the absolute worst I have ever had at a sushi restaurant in my life! My girlfriend and I were seated and then left there for a solid 15 minutes before anyone came near us. We were just about to get up and leave but a waitress finally approached us. We decided to just put our full order in right away as we thought it would take forever to get our food. What I found funny was my sushi came about 1 minute after i ordered(definitely pre-made sushi). There was no way the sushi chef made it that fast. Also a couple of our items in our order were forgotten but once I told the waitress she finally brought them. I overheard the table next to us saying they had 3 things missing from there order as well.
The sushi itself was pretty good but not any better than any other place in New West I've tried. My girlfriend and I were attracted to try this place by the number of awards they have supposedly won in New West for best sushi place. I am VERY surprised they have won this many yearly awards. We will definitely stick to eating from King Sushi in New West.

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Amazing Sushi!
By tastyfreeze of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 7, 2010 - 9:48am [Dine in]

I love this place, the food is great and cheap. The waitresses are lovely ladies, that will help you out with anything.The only problem is they need a nicer and bigger restaraunt. I was very happy dining there! their take out is just as good as the eat in food. I will deffinatly be going back!

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Nice meals
By greentie of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 22, 2010 - 2:55pm [Dine in]

The Ki-sushi is a very friendly spot, they treat you well and give great food.
I hope they stay here throughout the New Westminster downtown facelift. I like the chicken fried rice, really nice yam tempura and won ton soup.
will definetly be back again. Next time i will try the california rolls and theier house rolls are to die for.
Thank you.

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Bad Fish - Great Serive and Restaurante
By sarahsparrow of Surrey (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 1:49pm [Dine in]

It's a shame but the fish at Ki is pretty terrible. The colour is not good and the taste is awful. Specialty rolls are knock offs of other sushi restaurants. Everything is dirt cheap but the quality is not there. Friendly and quick service by cheerful staff in a nice atmosphere but in the end - not worth it.

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another japanese restaurant that sort of cheapens japanese food
By strangedust of vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 12:28am [Dine in]

so ugh...c'mon, we all know this by now. it's another one of those california/chicken teriyaki rolls and tempura something something kind of place. that's all there is in vancouver, unless one finds themselves in richmond or downtown. nothing special.

maybe it's not that bad compared to all the crap there is out there, so one might as well consider this a bad review for ALL those cheapened, devalued, cookie-cutter, watered-down japanese food restaurants.

back to ki, the agedashi tofu was gross, the tuna smelt like over-oxidized fish (ie. gross), and the technique when it comes to rolling the sushi...not exactly eye-candy. it's, again, the fast food version of japanese food, like sooooooo many places in vancouver. there's one on every corner.

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best sushi I've had in a long time
By vicgirl of Victoria (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

Ki Sushi is awesome!! I'm from Victoria so very used to paying way more for sushi even half the quality. Service is quick and quality & presentation of what you are served is truly superior. Friendly servers seemed to recognize and appreciate regulars - of which there seemed quite a few on the night I attended. Forget anything else in New West - go to Ki and you won't be disappointed.

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we will recommend Ki
By spicyman of west Van (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, May 4, 2009 - 12:17am [Dine in]

We will definitely go back to Ki again and again.

We heard from our friend and decided to try Ki Sushi on a weekend night. We were impressed by their food and incredible service. We decided to order two dinner combo when the waitress came to take our order. She was very patient and suggested us only order one dinner for us. She is not push us to order more to get more tips but a good listener who give customers what best for them. The combination of sushi dinner with best tempura, sunomono salad, and creamy oyster was good and cheap when the bill came up. Everything is so good that night. She didn't have name tag so we don't know who she is.

We went there for a second time and their sashimi is the best in town..absolutely fresh and wild salmon is a must try. We found their service is constantly good and very fast.

It is very convenient to get there by skytrain just steps away from station. They have quiet booth, off shoes though.

We'll definitely go back again and recommend it to our friends.

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still looking ....
By birdlady of Burnaby (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 11:10am [Dine in]

I recently had offered to bring a sushi lunch to a friend, and found the recommended resturant has gone out of business. I was given a recommendation for Ki from a retailer nearby. I admit that I am not a sushi expert. However, I have enjoyed sushi takeout in Vancouver.

The hostess at the take out and cash counter was haughty and short with me. She did not make eye contact with me, and barely spoke to me even to give me directions about where to wait. Another customer directed me to the waiting area. Other wait staff appeared to be more up beat and interactive with those sitting at tables.

This food was basically of average quality, and adequate quantity, but for $21. for two for lunch the value wasn't there for me. In addition, although I could not identify exactly which item was the offender, twice I tasted mold in a bite of food. I scrutinized the food but could not see mold. I did not become ill nor did my friend, but it reduced my enjoyment of the food and destroyed any thought of returning to Ki.

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Best Sushi in the Suburbs
By sullivan2 of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 1:39am [Dine in]

'Ki Sushi' formerly 'Kirin' has amazingly good Sushi. I found this treasure several years ago and return very regularly. The area is not the best which makes the restaurant an even more pleasant surprise. Their fish is always amazingly fresh and tasty. From rolls to tempura and yakisoba it's always a pleasure to eat there and it's so cheap too. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Great All Around!
By minimite of Surrey, BC (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

I've been to Kirin many times and I am yet to be disappointed. The menu selection is good, the prices are more than fair for the quality that you're getting, and the food is delicious! I've been to quite a few Japanese restaurants in the lower mainland and I think that this one is my favourite!

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Sushi is good
By paulm of richmond (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 2:18am [Dine in]

Was a favourite
This was one of my top sushi places in surrey to go to (it's great for going for a movie right after, or taking a walk in green timbers), but one day i decided to order take out, and alaska roll and salmon sashimi. Kind of forgot about it but went back not too long ago and was very impressed that they had not lost their touch. The food was great and certainly within the top few Japanese restaurants in Surrey.

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nice smile & decent service
By chopsticksboy of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - 11:16am [Dine in]

We all are Ki’s regular customers for years, well, usually go there once every 2or 3 weeks and enjoy our buddy gathering in the private room. No exaggeration, if Ki sushi is not located in New Westminster, I would not go that area for dinner ( N.W. skystrain area seems insecure ). Great food as always, all waitresses are very friendly too, nice smile & decent service, even while working under stress, never see them rude, 2 thumbs up!! I guess we are nice customers, hehee.. ( u better book a table during weekend dinner time ) Tuna Tataki & Rainbow Roll are my favorites. Having lot of customer support is the best proof. By the way, I think the building is getting old, so sooner or later, the owner needs to spend $$$ for renovation

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Food's Excellent, Service not so much!
By EricaH of New Westminster (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 1:22pm [Dine in]

The food here has been excellent since I started going here (1 year), but about 5-6 months ago, my husband and I noticed a sudden change in the customer service. The servers are rude now, they won't make any substitutions whatsoever. I don't know if there was a change in management?! It was kind of disappointing. It is still the best place in New West for sushi, but if you expect exceptional service, you might want to go somewhere else.

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