Japanese sushi restaurant
Newer restaurant with no central air conditioning. Really sweltering. Small restaurant with seating for about 30. Tables crammed together. Only 1 wait person working on a Wednesday evening scurrying about doing the best she can but not providing acceptable service. 3 dinners and all came at different times the last coming 15 minutes after the first. Underground parking for a few customers. My guess is the clientel is mostly locals within walking distance. Food was excellent but there are too many negatives to return.
I've eaten here a few times. Most of the time it's pretty good. The sushi is good, well made, tastes good. Although nigiri sushi should traditionally have wasabi in between the fish and rice. My only compliant would be the tempura prawns were not deveined. That's kinda gross. The service is kinda laid back, i wouldn't say it's bad, but they seem like they are very laid back, no care goes into what they do. It's just another job. This restaurant is nearby so that's probably the only reason i go there, there are plenty of sushi places around.
After reading the previous review stating this is the best sushi they have ever had, well, I just had to give it a try. Bottom line is that the food is excellent, but it is not the best that I have ever had.
First off, the restaurant is in the foot of a high-rise condo on the old Woodlands site, now known as Victoria Hill. It will be a lovely setting especially once the construction work in the neighbourhood is completed. The restaurant itself is very clean and modern looking. However, there is little to no street parking nearby and it was not until I parked down the way and walked back that I found out you can park in the underground parking lot of the high-rise. Note to self for next time, and yes there will be a next time.
The food was very satisfying. Do not go to this sushi restaurant and expect to receive monstrous portions of food like some of the Korean run sushi places have started to do. This is quality food in sensible sized portions.
I was given the choice of having farmed Atlantic salmon or wild salmon. I did choose the wild salmon and it was very flavourful. Also the spicy tuna roll was delicious with a subtle heat to it rather than an overdose of a generic hot sauce. The spicy salmon roll had another hot sauce that was moderated by the addition of perfectly ripened avocado.
Overall, the food was delicious and satisfying while the ambiance was modern and clean. The service from the sushi chef was friendly and prompt but the server who was working the floor appeared inexperienced as I did overhear two tables get up and ask for things that they expected to have been brought to their tables sooner.
Bottom bottomline, I will return some time soon.
Why do we love Victoria Sushi? Let me count the ways.
The rolls are done just right: the rice is perfectly cooked, rolled tight with the right amount of fillings – no more, no less. The fish is fresh and always delicious. I usually get Bento Box C for lunch, which comes with chicken or beef teriyaki on a bed of bean sprouts, 5 pieces of Dynamite roll, veggie and prawn tempura, 5 pieces of sashimi, panko crusted fried fish, miso soup and a salad – for $12.95 this is an unbeatable deal. My wife gets the House roll and the Futomaki roll, which resembles kimbap (Korean equivalent of a veggie roll). We have also tried the BC roll, Unagi roll, California roll and various other kinds of sashimi and nigiri sushi – all good. However, the Chicken Karage and other fried chicken bits are very bland, this is a shame because I do love my fried chicken bits! We just don’t get them anymore and instead immerse ourselves in the sushi / sashimi / teriyaki goodness.
The restaurant itself is clean and cozy. The washrooms are a bit cramped: after I do my thing I just turn around to wash my hands and then turn around again to walk out. The service is very polite, but not friendly. I don’t think I have ever seen them smile, and I think they tend to be more friendly to the people who live in the complex. However, this should NOT be the reason not to try this place. They are accommodating as well – one time my wife’s Unagi roll tasted off, and the chef was more than happy to replace it. Plus let’s face it, the food is perfect and it’s a 5 minute drive from our home.
We are very snobby, no wait…particular (yes, that’s a better word) about our sushi – the Rice is overcooked: FAIL! Rolls falling apart in our hands: NO! Fish smells fishy: NEXT! Therefore we have tried many sushi restaurants before finding this place and I can say without any reservation that Victoria Sushi is the only sushi place for us. I know I sound like a paid spokesperson, but they have not paid me in sushi to write this. However, just to set the record straight – I have no problems with accepting food based bribes.
I am quite crooked like that.
We have been to Victoria Sushi a few times, and it has always been really good. Good value, fresh and tasty. They have a good vegetarian selection, which I love, and my bofriend raves about the california rolls. The staff are friendly and the place is very clean. We have been to almost every sushi place in New West and we think it is the best spot in New West.
The fact the we live close by made going here for the first time really easy...we walked across the street. However, all the food is so good, we have made this our weekly habit and have never been disappointed. Everything on the menu is superb; the owner/chef is extremely gracious and his wife(?), one of the servers, has a memory like an elephant. We are always sampling something new on (or not yet) the menu. The portions are large, the fish incredibly fresh and all reasonably priced. Not only is it nice to have such quality in New Westminster but to be in my neighbourhood, even better.
I will preface this review by noting that I eat Japanese/Sushi probably every 2 weeks, at various locations. This restaurant BY FAR has the best Japanese food I've ever had!
It's a nice little location tucked into a condo complex. There's a slight view of the water, but has very nice scenery around as it's a bit of an upscale condo complex. It's pretty small, and fills up relatively quickly.
The food is amazingly fresh, and you get very large portions! My husband and I both had the dinner box. It was huge and came with salad and miso soup to start, then ice cream to finish!
Sooo tasty! My husband had been here about 5 or so times before me, but I will definitely be going back!
The only down side is that they don't have a liquor license yet, but they've only been open a few weeks, so I'm sure they'll have it soon!
The food here is great...we have eaten in and had take-out and have never been disappointed. Portions are generous and the food is fresh and delicious. Sashimi is fresh, and the rolls are great, the rice is cooked well and not too much. The tuna tataki is worth a try. Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys Japanese.
I've been their customer for now about 2 yrs.
Once I get to know the owner he was nice enough to treat me some appies at the beginning.
Rolls, Sashimi, Udon, Nigiri Sushi, Donburi... you name it, I tried most of the stuff their. It's Excellent PERIOD.
Yeh, someone mentioned about the Deep Fried Rolls, I tried it as well and yes! it's so good as well.
For sushi lovers, this is MUST try place.
I live in Victoria Hill and i've been to Victoria Sushi many many times. I think this small place is great! If you like tempura you can ask for the appy size which come with 2 prawns and 3 veggies which is perfect for me since i can't finish the full size. I've never been disappointed. They are super nice, clean and prompt. The food is fresh and always hot. It's probably the best sushi place in New West that i've been to. Cheers!
Always the same friendly staff that welcome you upon arrival and thank you on you way out.
Sushi is the best in New West that I've tried and the price is the most reasonable.
I live nearby so I do pick up once a week. The price allows me to afford it! Only takes 15 minutes for pick up to be ready. The restaurant is usually pretty full with all ages of customers.
Current magazines and the daily newspaper available if you show up to order for take out. A nice flat screen tv with the hockey game on or a kids show if there are any toddlers in the store.
I live in Victoria Hill and I've visited our sushi restaurant 2-3 times a week since it's opened. Consistency is key and Victoria Sushi has not let me down. The fish is always fresh, portions are a good size and the Chef is creative. The CSA appetizer is a real winner and his deep-fried roll (not on the menu, ask server for it) is fantastic. Plus, they are now licensed! Nice room and underground parking at the highrises (after the 1st gate) and the servers are improving - all in all, a bonus for lovers of fresh, high-quality sushi in New West.