A Japanese fusion style restaurant in Port Coquitlam area. Offers a variety of fusion rolls and original rolls / makis. They also serve tataki sashimi (barbeque / seared fish) on many different dishes like salads, rolls, sunomono, and donburi.
Where to begin...I really don't like writing bad reviews but I thought I would be doing everyone who thought about going here a disservice if I didn't write this. Was visiting a friend out here and we ordered from here based on dine here reviews but was sadly disappointed. They got the order wrong but we didn't find that out until we got home and couldn't be brothered to go back. The presentation looked good but the food didn't taste nearly as good as other reviewers say it is - maybe they never had good authentic sushi? Worse part is, I have had way better sushi for less. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem paying a lot for good food but when the quality and taste is not there, and they charge the same as anyone else, we have a right to feel ripped off - will not be returning ever again!
My soon-to-be husband surprised me with a dinner at Sushi Shelter on valentine's day. All I could say throughout the meal was "SPECTACULAR". I have never been treated like they did anywhere else, well, at least not in the suburb area. This was also the first I have been here, so I was surprised my hubby was confident about this dinner which you had to make reservation beforehand to receive the special menu for the evening. It was 7 course meal plus a drink for each person for $70, at first I thought it was a bit expensive cause I would think all courses would be appy size for this kind of price. Then I was so wrong that I promised myself I would bring everybody I know to here. 7 huge dishes that we couldn't even make half way through. The most I love is the fusion trio that includes three fantastic rolls. My favorite would definitely be the tropical thunder with mango sauce. Hmmm... it's like sushi roll/dessert which was full of flavor. Then the seafood with rice was full of aroma which makes my hubby drool like crazy.(he finished the whole thing) Its like this entree with morocco tanjine container. I found it very interesting since I preferred myself as an open-mind person. So far down the menu I admire the creativity of the chef very much. Well, the lobster tail within the menu really makes me realize they actually care about the food. My my... Overall it was simply amazing to see how the chefs create the dishes and care so much that it touched my heart and satisfied my tastebuds and not make our pocket bleed all at the same time. Enough said.
I don't do this often but I felt that I should write a review considering I went to this place based on previous reviews on this site only to be extremely disappointed with bad service, long wait times and mediocre food. I do recommend the Assorted Tempura, It was delicious. I wish there was better organization with our food order.. I mean, If I'm the only one who ordered soup, why are you putting it RIGHT in front of my friend? My friend ordered Tempura, why are you moving my plate and setting it RIGHT in front of me? I understand that people can fall under pressure, maybe another staff member would be in order? In fact, as soon as we stepped inside the restaurant we weren't even acknowledged, not a smile, "hello", nod or even eye contact, instead we waited in silence for a good five minutes where we witnessed a table of four being re seated to another table for four to allow my table of two to sit??? It made no sense!? I think the food presentation was beautiful, tasted ok for the most part, wouldn't dine there again. It was a Tuesday, I can't imagine how it would be on a Friday.
If you are looking for standard Sushi Bar fare, stop now. There is no Nigiri sushi to be found here, instead an incredible menu, with an amazing assortment of eclectic Japanese Fusion. Try the White Bamboo. The Agedashi Tofu is to die for. The sashimi selction is limited to various tunas and salmon, but of very good quality.
We didn't even get to their selection of rolls and cones; that's for next time!
The restaurant itself is tiny compared to many in the area; small, comfortable, yet still spacious. The wait staff was very attentive, and food arrived quickly.
Overall, simply a great dining experience!
Upon hearing outstanding recommendations of Sushi Shelter 101 from close friends my guy and I decided to check it out for ourselves. We were not disappointed. The food was like a work of art. It was presented so nicely that we almost did not want to eat it. The best part was that the food did in fact taste as good as it looked. I must admit that I am a wimp and not a fan of raw fish so I stuck to tempura and teriyaki beef. The guy, who lives for sushi had nothing but great things to say about it. The place is very small and intimate and only holds about twenty people. The prices were good, as they are a little higher than most sushi restaurants in the area but the quality of food makes it a steal. I would defiantly recommend Sushi Shelter 101! I wish we had one in Port Moody!