Small take out sushi place opened by a former sushi chef from Octopus Garden in Kits. Sushi Paradise offers fresh, quality sushi at budget prices because of low overhead and take out style business. Open 11:30am - 8pm Tuesday - Saturday, 12pm - 8pm Sunday, closed Monday.
The owner is Japanese. I have seen older Japanese patrons eating here but I couldn't figure out what they were having. However the food from what I've tried isn't the best here, its decent but not amazingly tasty. The prices are deceptively low as the rolls are smaller with meagre filling. Their special rolls aren't exactly original and seem to just be their regular rolls with some thinly sliced avocado or small pieces of smoked salmon on top. It doesn't seem worth it to pay double just for that. I do like that you can order more here and have more variety as they offer smaller portions such as half-don's. The daily specials of the day are puzzling as the roll prices are practically the same as normal price, although for the 2 piece's of nigiri the daily special is worth it. This place is rarely busy so I stick to the cooked rolls more, because I don't trust the turnover of the raw fish here. Unlike the other reviewers I don't find the service or the chef friendly or warm. They are efficient and polite which is all I'm looking for in a restaurant however. Recommended for take-out as eat-in is uncomfortable. There are aluminum chair's and the place is drafty. I prefer Ki Sushi over this place, especially Ki's sockeye salmon sashimi.
Our usual dinner gang and a couple extra guests wanted sushi and we decided to check this place out since it was central for our dinner crew to travel there. Overall it was okay, but not nearly as great as the glowing (read: inaccurate) reviews from some of the posters below.
The restaurant was small but inviting enough, although there was no service to speak of. You order at a counter and are asked to pay at once, and the tea is in an urn near the kitchen. There is a supply of cups nearby and it is strictly self-serve. No quality checks occurred during our visit.
I made the mistake of asking to use the w/c, and I was handed a key and told it was "outside". Actually, it was in a different part of the complex, down a dark alley, and through a fetid and equally dark service corridor, all unlocked and exposed to the scruffians of New West. There was no soap or paper towels in the filthy chamber, and I was glad that Nature made me so I could stand when using the facilities. I would never let Mrs. C risk her life to seek relief there, and I was surprised that such an arrangement is permitted by the municipality.
Okay, on to the food. We ordered both a W and Y platter, which contained a variety of sushi, and we added eel nigiri and some miso soup. All the food was okay, but nothing really stood out. Portion sizes seemed a little small for the price. We left hungry and unsatisfied.
If I ever go back it will be strictly for the takeout.
I've read the reviews and thought I would stop by as I was in the area. This establishment is a no frills sushi place and you help yourself to water and/or tea. I rated three stars for service taking into consideration that it is no frills sushi. There was nothing off-putting for me in the service I received.
The sushi is quite good and is above average for New West. The portions of sashimi are a little less than other restaurants I've been to and this may explain the lower prices.
The ambiance is ok as it is in a corner in New West and is on the same block as Royal City Centre mall.
I would try this place if I was in the area for the prices and the quality that is served.
The actual restaurant is small-ish but comfortable enough. I tend to order for pick up (it's so close to my home!). The menu features various yummy dishes. I appreciate especially their attention to detail. Food does taste better when it is prettier.The people running this place (a family, I think) are extremely accommodating and pleasant. For some reason people love this place like myself or dislike it completely.
I really enjoy this place, I always get the combo C for $6.88 (20pcs) and a mini salmon rice bowl. However my fiance ordered the beef rice bowl and hated it. I did not try it myself but I LOVE the salmon. The sushi is fresh and delicious. More importantly is the price, which is very affordable for the quality of the food. There are many cheap sushi places out there but this place is actually good. I'm very happy I tried it...I think I'll order some tonight!
I have lived around the corner from SP for 6 months now and walked past it several times a day. There is a plethora of sushi restaurants in the area and I have tried them all.
Walking past tonite I decided to drop in for a donburi bowl. Upon entering the staff were speaking Japanese ( a rarity these days in Japanese restaurants).
You order at the counter so asked if they had ramen they pointed at a poster on the wall that said ramen $7.95.
It was superb, perfect on a rainy evening. I spent a year in Japan 25 years ago and grew very fond of ramen and this was as good as anything I had there.
I will definately go back (maybe tomorrow!)
You wouldn't expect it given the location (my neighbourhood), but Sushi Paradise is actually a pretty reasonable sushi/Japanese restaurant. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but its interior decoration is equal to any of the other standard-fare sushi places you can find in, say, downtown.
Both my wife and I were quite happy with our food. My wife hasn't actually been to many Japanese restaurants, she is more into fine dining with class, so I took some liberties and ordered us some appetizers: edamame and dumplings. Both were quite tasty. I ordered chicken noodles, which was served in a way that seemed unusual to me, with the chicken separate from the soup. Once I ate it this way, though, it's the only way I want to eat it - the chicken stays crunchy, since you put it into the soup only when you're going to eat it! My wife ordered the chicken and rice without the sauce, which she enjoyed a lot. I also ordered a salmon roll because I wanted to sample their sushi (verdict: good times). (Aside: this is Entirely Too Much Food. We ate till we ouched, and had leftovers.)
The price was OK because it was a dinner with wife and I was happy to pay $30 for two. Service what you expect from Asian.
All Sushi Lovers go here and it is not that expensive if you are willing to forego ambience and well service is the usual.
Looking for a new sushi fix with a twist?
Looking for both traditional and exotic flavors?
You need Sushi Paradise.
Somewhat hidden but still glowing with its haven-like nature, it boasts the best sushi in the Lower Mainland. Coming from a partly Japanese family, we know our sushi very well, and have always tried out various restaurants in the lower mainland. And I conclude with this: 5 stars is simply not enough. Let me tell you why.
The setting. Amazing. Painted with the motif of underwater enjoyment such as fish in bright colors, it changes your mood the minute you walk in. The signs, floors, tables...all added with a professional touch of full restaurant enjoyment.
The food. Every day is a combo day, and a special roll day. (My personal favorite: the delectable BC Roll. If you originally didn't like the salmon BC roll at other places, give it a shot here. It's not like it is anywhere else) The mini-udon choices also add an authentic Japanese touch..very much valued. If you're a fan of the BC Roll, try the Royal BC Roll: The BC Roll upgraded. Amazing! With a sensation of avocado and smoked salmon on top of the sushi itself, it's pure paradise on your tongue. I would also recommend the Paradise Roll--self-explanatory. Unagi, sweet egg among others are included in this tasty roll.
Not to mention the excellent service: The owner, kind and smiling, and the others are also very courteous. To top it all off.
Basically, my sushi restuarant testing days are over. I've found MY place: Sushi Paradise. I'll remain faithful: sushi day is always Paradise sushi day.
Like the others I had combo B which includes 16 thin pieces of cali/bc/spicy tuna & spicy scallop rolls, its a bargain for $5.98. I found that there was a bit too much rice though & the rolls are a bit dry. It seems the chef is japanese but these rolls didn't stand out, I will return to try some of their other rolls.
I'll admit that I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to Japanese food having grown up with it all my life. Sushi Paradise knows its stuff when it comes to offering quality sushi at a fantastic price.
What I love about this place is its simplicity. Everything is always fresh and well presented. The service is super friendly and the restaurant is clean. The tables, chairs, and art make the place funky -- especially by New West standards.
I would recommend the Spicy Tuna Rolls, Tuna Tataki, and the Dragon Rolls. He also has very cool way of making his Tamago (egg).
The one thing I would suggest is that they change their green tea. For some reason, it tastes like it has a hint of coffee in it. I don't like it but I still drink three cups or more every visit.
And remember to always go with the Wild Salmon!
My favorite sushi place in New West!
The specials are great value for the dollar. I drop in for lunch a few times a week. The mini don bowls are a great little snack.
It's a very simple little place but it has improved over the last year, be prepared to get your own tea and water from the counter.
The only improvement that they could make for me would be to include a miso soup with the combos and specials.
I know Sushi restaurants for over 40 years in Japan and Canada. If you want DECENT sushi under $10-15, this would be the place. You cannot expect any thing gorgeous at this price range, but you can get best sushi within the low budget.
Don't complain because you are not paying that much. I am sure this place is underpriced and underrated. If you live nearby, you should visit this cozy sushi place, you would love the restaurant with a decent chef/owner.
I saw an advertisement for Sushi Paradise in a local Burnaby/New West paper and was intrigued to read that the owner/chef was from Osaka Japan. I wondered how that would impact on the style and quality of the sushi they served. The ad also listed very well priced daily sushi roll specials. So I just had to give them the Hungrydog taste test.
I popped in just after they opened for the afternoon. The room is very peaceful in its simple yet attractive decorations. The place does a lot of take-away business but has managed to create a welcoming environment.
I sampled the California Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Scallop Roll, and the BC Roll. They were all very well made and very tasty. One thing I noticed about these rolls was that they were much drier; there was much less of the mayonaise that is so frequently spread inside rolls. This is different than the rolls I have become accustomed to eating. It was different and pleasing in its own way. My only complaint about the food was that the rolls were sliced a little too thin. I wondered if that is to make it look like there were more pieces on a plate? Another irritant about this place is that if you want a drink of water or tea you have to use styrofoam cups. The little side dish to mix your wasabi in is also a little plastic container. Maybe through time they will up-grade their in restaurant dishes.
Service was very efficient and polite from the server as well as the sushi chef/owner. I will definitely visit this place again to try a greater variety of their offerings.
I eat a lot of sushi, I always joke that I’m probably going to die of mercury poisoning (I have a bad sense of humour…). I live downtown New West (near Columbia St.) so I didn’t even know this place existed for the longest time. I used to get my cheap sushi fix at Ki Sushi but I wasn’t fully satisfied. And then I saw their health report and I thought “Now is the time to find a new sushi place in New West…” and while I was looking at the health inspection reports, I noticed this place and that it was always clean, according to the inspections. So I decided it was safe for me to try it and boy, was I in for a nice surprise!
The place is small but somewhat inviting. It’s more of a take-out place, which is great because it keeps their overhead low and their food cheap. I am getting somewhat tired of the music, it’s always the same CD and in an hour I can hear the songs about two or three times each… At least it’s not too loud or aggressive, but I wish they’d change it now and then.
The service is good. You order at the counter and the tea and water is self-service, but the staff is always extremely friendly and they do come and check to see if you’re enjoying your food. That’s fine by me, and it’s plenty of attention for a place that’s mainly a take-out place.
The food is DELICIOUS. The sushi is relatively basic but the fish is always fresh, never feels like it’s just been unfrozen, and never feels like it’s been sitting on the counter for a little bit too long. It’s consistently delicious. I’ve tried a few of their rolls (my vegan friend LOVED the yum yam roll, which unlike most sushi places, doesn’t have deep fried yam in it, just cooked yam!), their nigiri and their sashimi and it’s always very good. Their udon is also good and the presentation is nice. I’ve also had their tofu and their eel donburi and they were also excellent. The miso soup has nori in it, which you’d expect is standard but a few other places don’t have it. The gomaee is very good too.
Value is amazing. Everything is cheap. It costs the same as Ki Sushi, only the quality is a hundred times better. If you order the appetizer sashimi, you'll likely get more pieces of fish than what is written on the menu, and the presentation is very nice.
I go there quite often and I definitely recommend it, at least get take out if you don’t like the atmosphere of the restaurant.
I have had sushi here -both eaten in and take out- and it is excellent value. I especially appreciate the pleasant accessibility of the chef, the prompt service and the recent improvements to decor and seating. The informal atmosphere is friendly and clean.
It is certainly one I have added to my more regular places to frequent and I go there whenever I want to have quality sushi at a very reasonable price.
Visited Sushi Paradise based on reviews of others and because of references to the chef and the Octopus Garden in Kits. The Octopus Garden was where I first sampled sushi in the mid 1990's. I was curious to say the least.
The ambiance here is great, the staff polite and courteous, the prices rock bottom. How could you lose?
The only drawback is that the food is not spectacular to say the least. Frankly I would rather pay more for better quality sushi(Isami in Burnaby comes to mind).
Like I said all good except that if you are after oodles of taste and you are not concerned by budget this may not be the place for you.
Work close to SP and it's always a treat to drop by.
The food is nice and fresh.
Some would complain about the lack of " pouring your tea for you" service, but I actually prefer the self serve ( Personally don't like waiters/waitresses hovering over me all the time).
The serving size is just right.
Highly recommend giving it a try if you are in the area.
The sushi here is authentic and well priced (avg $6 - $7 should fill you up). I eat here for lunch about 2 - 3 times a week and it never gets old.
I always have Combo B, spicy tuna rolls and california rolls are delicious. Before having sushi here I had never really enjoyed rolls (I usually prefer sashimi), but this place has altered my tastebuds.
The owner/chef is Japanese, hence the authenticity of the food. Can't really go wrong if a Japanese person is preparing your Japanese food.
This place is quite small so it's good if you're dining by yourself or with a friend.