Okonomi Sushi has 2 locations in New Westminster offering a varied menu of Japanese cuisine.
A friend summoned us for dinner and they decided on this obscure sushi place in NW. The space seemed to be a former hotel and its surroudings spoke of yesteryears.
The menu is brightly coloured with pictures of many of the offerings, mostly rolls with a westernized twist - rolls douced in sauce, cheese, mangoes and the like. We went all over the place but were left with mostly rolls. The tempura was pretty good but the udon noodles were rather oily. The seafood pancake is always a good choice and it was pretty good with lots of filling. The rolls were as expected but the addtion of cheese and sauces really masked the taste and texture of the fish. The rice on the bottom had a slight pink hue but nothing that bothered us. Overall, the rolls can get pretty rich pretty quick but luckily for once we ordered less than we would usually.
Service was slow, albeit with only a few other occupied tables. The servers on the floor were friendly but a lot of efficiency was lost pacing from end to end from kitchen to the tables - it would make more sense to seat everyone in one area.
We were all pretty happy with the food but it's definitely something we would put second fiddle for vs. the regular rolls.
I have ordered take out from this establishment before but i wanted to try their Burning Stone Tataki. This you can only sample if you are eating in. Basically is it a large black stone that is heated and you have your choice of food you can put on it to cook. You have to cook it yourself. I ordered the assorted tataki which is raw ingredients. Tuna, Salmon, Scallop, thinly sliced beef, mushroom and some veggies. Served with miso soup, Sunomuno salad and a choice of dessert. My partner ordered a bento box with beef teriyaki which is always a good deal. A good assortment of goodies, Beef teriyaki, Gyoza, tempura, chicken karage and a dynamite roll with their signature pink rice. A typical bento box with the exception of pink rice.
All the items were very good. The pink rice is something unique to this restaurant. Some may consider this to look unappetizing judging from other reviews i have read, but it really does not make any difference in taste. The pink rice has a fruit and vegetable extract added to it to enhance the nutritional value of rice. It is 100% natural, no artificial ingredients or supplements. That sounds pretty good to me.
Back to the Tataki, it was my first experience with this burning stone and there was a lack of instruction from the staff here. How was i supposed to eat this, was there a sauce to go with it? They just served the plate of raw ingredients and then brought a hot stone out later. I placed a piece of beef on the hot stone and cooked it and ate it, it was really gross, no seasoning. Then we asked if there was a sauce. Oh yeah, there was a sauce and seasoning, they just forgot to bring it to us. Not very good for a first experience. After i figured out how to cook it, it was a satisfying experience. It was also delicious. You have a choice of spicy or teriyaki sauce. I went for the spicy sauce. I would recommend dipping the raw ingredients in soy sauce and then cooking on the hot stone. I would definitely order this again. A Great thing to do with friends or a hot date. A nice Sapporo beer to wash it all down adds to the enjoyment.
The ambiance was decent, the tables and larger comfy chairs gives the place a lounge-vibe. Just sitdown and relax. What was off-putting was the smells in the building. It smells like an old building, and some of the smells were a bit unappetizing for a restaurant setting. That would be my only negative complaint on ambiance.
Overall it was a good experience, i shall return with some friends next time.
The restaurant is comfortable and the staff is friendly. Prices are reasonable, but the food is mediocre at best.I had edamame and chicken Karagi, both needed seasoning. Being a Japanese restaurant there was no salt or pepper on the table. I didn't feel like asking the server to bring salt from the kitchen so I could do what the chef should have done, and season the food. I also had the tuna and salmon sashimi which was fine.
My partner had the California roll, they had put something on the rice and it had turned pink. The dish was not appetizing to look at. He also had an entree that consisted of grilled salmon and a grilled fish steak plus two - yes only two --lonely pieces of asparagus. Again the plate just didn't look appetizing. We eat with our eyes first and that plating eye appeal is part of what you are paying for in a restaurant experience. Usually Japanese dishes are beautiful to look at. The food tasted OK but it was all-in-all disappointing and there are a lot of other Japanese restaurants to try instead.
This used to be the Orange Room.
They have 30% off a daily special, usually 2 items.
Tonight it was Okonomiyaki with Tempura & Vancouver roll.
For the Okonomiyaki, you could have it with seafood ( shrimp, mussels, squid ), meat and/or veggies.
This also included Steamed Egg soup/Suomono salad, tempura and for dessert: ice cream or banana tempura.
The Vancouver roll was served hot with a deep-fried prawn inside with mayonnaise.
The decor is very nice and the service is prompt.
We would come here again.
We've driven by this place loads of times, but finally we went on Saturday to try it.
The dining room is wide open and airy. The seats have club chairs and love seats, super comfy! Views of the river are also great.
Service was prompt and efficient.
The bathrooms were clean (something I always look for)
The food. I can't say enough great things about the food. First of all, they use REAL crab in their rolls. There are some that use imitation crab, but everything is clearly labelled on the menu.
Large selection of specialty rolls and lots of different combos to choose from.
We had gyoza, tempura, salmon shashimi (huge portions), three specialty rolls and 3 beers and the cost was under $60. Great value and great food!!
We will be back. :-)
My wife and I have been to many sushi places, I have never ever written a review before, but after tonight's dinner I have to. This sushi restaurant is great, the food tasted really really good, the service was good, quick, helpful, and with a smile.The purple rice they use is healthy, made with organic vegatable or fruit extract, which I found didn't take away from the flavor of the fish. The price to portion ratio is great. We had a couple of specialty rolls, New Westminister roll and the maple (spicy) roll, along with some sashimi, soup. I haven't seen special rolls like these before. The ambiance is solid, it's comfortable, relaxed, that's fine for us. We will be going back for sure to try out some of those other specialty rolls. Enjoy.........
Good food at reasonable prices and believe me, better than your average ambiance for a sushi restaurant. You have a choice of big tables with good quality chairs or tables with couches instead of chairs. A very large space with areas for big groups . Wonderful place to sit and talk in a group setting. Great view of the river. They use 'purple rice' which was an interesting change, I had not had it before. The staff is attentive and pleasant. Big washrooms and very clean - very impressive actually for this type of restaurant. Overall a good experience and I will want to go back.
I would recommend their special rolls, they taste awesome. Plus they are not pricy at all, I never found better good value for money for special rolls in vancouver. There are lots of variety too, and they are come in huge size so make sure you came with 3-4 ppl to fully enjoy many type of rolls.
I'm not a huge fan of cooked/grilled food in sushi place so I can't say they are good or not.
This restaurant run by Japanese people with Japanese server. They are far more friendlier than those chinese run sushi place which turn me off often.
This was a great experience. The restaurant is very different, I love the couch type banquets. The food was excellent and you got a lot for your money. My partner and I went for supper Aug 15, 2010 and had great service. Each selected a bento box meal and could not finish it. They were both under $15 and came with a small portion of edamame beans, cold sweet noodle salad, miso soup, the bento box and dessert (deep fried ice-cream or deep fried frozen banana). I will mention only a few strange things...the dynamite rolls are stuffed with pollock (imitation crab meat) which I am not a fan of (if i wanted that i would order a California roll) the sushi rice is pink-ish? A lot of their special rolls have cheese sauce? and I asked to have the ginger packed up with my left overs and I just saw she didn't. Other than that it was really good!!!!
I walked in with my man-person partner, and was a little anxious about the lack of folks in the restaurant, but it certainly did fill up with a few more tables before we left. We were warmly greeted and seated at a table which had couches on either sides -- very comfortable! I can understand that the space would have been expensive to renovate, so the ambiance is a little lacking, but it is certainly clean which is all that matters.
We ordered two of the Sushi combo specials (30% off that day), and even for the regular price of $16.95, the amount of food you get is ABSOLUTELY INSANE! One full roll -- not the typical 5 - 6 pieces, but rather a good 8 - 10 pieces --- 2 piece salmon nigiri, 2 piece tuna nigiri, 2 piece tuna sushi, 2 piece salmon sushi, 2 piece chicken karrage, miso soup, ebi sunomono, AND dessert (deep fried ice cream or deep fried banana). Perhaps I should have read the description a little more in detail before I ordered, because I was floored by the amount of food (my guy and I could have ordered 1 sushi combo special between us) Not only was i floored by the amount, but the quality of the food was phenomenal, all things considered!!! The salmon nigiri was particularly good. After 20 years of living in Vancouver, which really means years and years of eating sushi (of all levels of quality), I would recommend this place to any of my friends, family, etc. I moved to New West a couple months ago, and don't live too too far from this location, so I certainly hope it stays around because after trying numerous other sushi places around here, this place is the all-round best in the Royal City!
okonomi is a brand new sushi place that just opened about 2 months ago near columbia station.
when we went there last friday, we weren't expecting much (we were just hungry and happened to be nearby).
we ordered bento box A and udon combo B, and party for 3 sushi tray.
foods were really really good... nothing short of amazing.
even more shocking was the price.. value was simply amazing.
altogether, it costed us about $50 (there were 6 of us) and we left full and fully satisfied =D.
we left $10 tip and we are definately going back!
this place is a hidden jem in the kind of run-down crappy neighborhood near columbia station.
A friend and I were there on the night of July 22, 2010. We ordered the Okonomi Yaki complete meal, which included chawanmushi, assorted tempura, a sizeable okonomi yaki, and deep fried tempura ice cream. Not only was it an amazing deal (11.95!!), but it was really good. The atmosphere is quaint and classy-ish in an off-beat kind of way, and the service was hospitable and charming (though it seemed some of the wait staff were new and were still learning the ropes). I've uploaded some pics of our meal on http://picasaweb.google.com/105565517344537487105/OkonomiSushi. They have a staggering range of options that you won't normally find in a Japanese restaurant in this price category. Highly recommended.
Ended up here as a last minute random choice. Large space with tables and chairs and also leather sofas (for lounging and eating, I suppose). I checked one out and my feet didn't reach the ground, so perhaps this would be more comfortable for taller people.
The food is very generous. The nigiri sushi pieces were almost bizarrely large. The bento box was quite substantial. And the rice is pink, apparently from fruit ot vegetable juice, but at least it didn't seem to affect the flavour. But I didn't find it particularly appetizing to look at. A lot of their speciality maki are extremely busy with sauces galore, including cheese sauces, and "oven rolls". Braver souls than I will have to try them.
The prices for volume were fine, the regular maki were pretty reasonable, and the seaweed salad was generous for $2.50. There was a pretty broad selection on the menu, not just sushi.
I probably wouldn't go out of my way to go back, but for hungry, big eaters who aren't afraid of unusual sauces on their sushi... have at 'er.
Personally, I would give this place a 2.5 not a 3, but it was "solid" and not "mediocre" which was the next choice down, just not to my taste preference.
This former location of the Orange Room was a favorite of ours for a number of years. As sad as it was to hear of its closing we were equally excited to hear of a new Japanese restaurant in town. Well, unfortunately the anticipation turned to disappointment as we finally tried it out.
The ambiance in our opinion was fair. The decorating was pleasant and kitchy but really could be so much better if they employed softer lighting.
As for the food the green tea was great, as was the temaki (sushi cone). Unfortunately the rest of the meal was marginal at best. The tempura was soggy and the maki was very very dry. The teriyaki chicken was cold inside and burnt on the outside.
The service was sadly some of the worst we have encountered. Our order was delivered incorrectly and sent back three times before it was right. Our drinks arrived halfway through the main entree after numerous requests and 3 other tables that were seated after us were served and out the door before we were eating dessert.
Sadly our experience was disappointing and we will likely not return.
The moment we walked in, it smelled like an old church building.
It was a weird ambiance, with wine glasses on tables and sofas for seats.
It didn't seem like a place for sushi.
The food was decent, though I tasted better.
There was little too much rice on nigiris but the okonomi yaki was ok.
Seemed like a new joint that was improving... the staff were very friendly.
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