A neighbourhood sushi place.
Mrs. C and I were cruising Lonsdale and looking for chow. We spotted Kokoro, and decided to give it a try. Kokoro means ‘heart’ in Japanese. The place has been around for ages, and the slightly dingy interior is a testament to its longevity. We also noticed the menu is somewhat expensive for NorthVan, but cheaper than downtown. After some deliberation we ordered. I had the dinner box, which had sashimi, dynamite roll, gyoza and chicken teriyaki. My favourite dinner companion had a deluxe sushi platter with a tuna roll, California roll, and 3 pieces of nigiri. The sushi was competently prepared by Raymond our sushi chef (not Japanese, if that is important to you), but it was nothing special. The nigiri was a little puny, and the sashimi was generously sized. Service was okay and the place was clean enough, but I don’t see any reason to return since there are so many other choices in the area. Maybe if they put a little more heart into it…
I had been out of town when I got back to North Van, and being super hungry, I thought I would give them a try.
I ordered to go, 2 tuna, 2 salmon nigiri, 2 prawn ebi, california roll and Futomaki, instead he mad me tuna roll. Although 1 of my orders were wrong, I found the food was fresh, but lack flavour and tasted the same. I wish I read Chasiubow review, before walking in, and I agree with what was written.
The service was friendly, the waitress wasn't too organized and my food arrived quickly. My sushi filled me up, but with so many other Sushi places to explore, I'm not in any rush to return.
Been here several times now, constantly decent service and mood as they welcome you in. The rolls are probably the best here, you just have to know what to get. sashimi wise, you could probably find better for the price. sashimi is usually only worth it if your doing all-you-can-eat. hot food such as udons, dons and bento boxes are not bad. but i'd stick to their special rolls. everything else is mediocre. would recommend as a casual place just to pick up some good sushi rolls.
Now I can't say this was the worst meal I ever had, but far from a decent. Not being from the North Shore, we randomly chose this restaurant while driving by. The first warning sign came when a disinterested waitress greeted us gave us our seats and took our order. Her disinterest and attitude bordered on rudeness, and it was not a good start. The second warning sign was when the owners and staff all spoke to each other in both Vietnamese and Cantonese. Only a handful of Japenese restaurants in town are owned and operated by Japanense, and it's best to stick to these establishments. The rice in our Donburi was leftover as it was crusty dried out, and in broken grains (inexcusible in any asian restaurant!) The Tai Nigiri was not fresh, and the Nabeyaki Udon was overly salty. Surprisingly, the Tekka Maki was rolled quite well, but that was the only bright spot in a dull and uninspired meal. The restaurant is basic and clean but not noteworthy. My advice is to avoid it and look for another.