Tried Sango for the first time at a friend's birthday party a month ago. The menu selection was quite extensive and innovative. In terms of presentation and taste they did very well, but portions and price didn't quite match. I remember our group ordered A LOT but I didn't feel entirely satisfied with the meal. A great location right across from the Thrifty Foods in Port Moody on Ioco Road, so they will cater well to the growing population of the surrounding new area, but it's not a place I would go to on a regular basis unless it was a special occasion for a large group of friends.
After an appointment at Newport Village, my wife and I noticed a "Japanese Fusion" sign near the development area around Thrift Foods in Port Moody. We figured, "Why not?" and gave it a try.
This place is very hidden, and unless you live or frequent this part of Port Moody, you'd never know they exist. The restaurant was nearly empty, with just one table occupied when we arrived. We were happily greeted and seated by the windows. Quite a nice place to people watch.
The decor is nothing special, just a plain westernized asian theme, with dim lighting for ambiance. Everything was very new and clean though.
Looking through the menu we selected a few items. Price wise, we thought everything was on the high side, nigiri and rolls averaging 25% more than most places.
We ordered a seafood udon, an appetizer tempura, and a dynamite and sushi combo.
The seafood udon soup base was wonderful. Not instant with piles of msg like most. The seafood was generous too, with chunks of atlantic salmon, scallops, squid, and shrimp. The appetizer tempura was fried crisp and not greasy. The prawn tempura was fried just right, and not overcooked. The dynamite and sushi combo was well rolled, and everything was very fresh. The tuna and salmon nigiri melted in my mouth, which was wonderful.
Service was prompt and friendly and tea was refilled often.
Overall I liked Sango, but did find the pricing a bit off. The food was very fresh and made well, and the service was good. We might return if we're in the neighbourhood.
This little gem in New Port area is a great place to be. The prices are a little high and the portions are not very big. But you get what you pay for, the quality is excellent!
I had the Ebi Mayo, and Cloud something, it rice and crab meat and masago...so good!! We also had their Calamari Roll, first time i have ever seen if being offered, its like a dynamite roll but with Calamari in it. The only down side that i find in this restaurant is that it doesnt offered Beef Tataki. But besides that, they offer a variety of unique sushi that are very tasty to the palette.
In addition, i went with my sister who is a Vegetarian, its so difficult to take her out to eat sometimes esp at a Japanese restaurant. Well, we finally found a place that offers a large variety of Vegetarian sushi. We had the Victoria Roll-asparagus and also this roll that i forgot the name, its avocado and deep fried yam inside. The colours and presentation of the food was excellent. And it was delicious!
Overall, i think i would come here again, its not your typical "togo sushi" joint as the prices are a bit steep, but its great to come out her for a decent quality meal. I would definitely return!
My family and I have been going to Sango for a number of years. The quality of food, presentation and creativity have been excellent. Went today and things have changed for the worse. I tried to order the chef's special sashimi. The waitress said it is the same as the deluxe sashimi but more expensive. I told her that I had had it in the past served on a block of ice. She said we don.t do that anymore. I explained that I wanted something special not just salmon and tuna. She said that I would not be disappointed I said ok but I want it special. It came and it was just salmon and tuna (some with hot sauce that was not mentioned). I told her that I was very disappointed . She just said OK. The negitoro box we always order was different and sub par. Other portions were much smaller. when the bill came I was given nothing for my disappointment but I was charged for items we never received. I tried to complain to the sushi chef. I asked him if they had changed hands. He did not answer just said he did not care.
We were a party of 5 plus a child bill was $145.00.
Maybe it is because it was a Monday. I think they have changed hands lowered the standards and don't care. It was a bad experience in a place I have spent alot of money over the years. I did not even get an apology.
It is awful that my go to sushi place is now a huge disappointment.
It has been ruined. Why would she not let me order what I wanted. Why no attempt to make me happy. not even an offer of free ice cream for the child.
Won't be going back. Too bad I really liked this place.
If you go here don't order the high end items they are now a ripoff. They used to be a treat.
I am still in shock as to how awful tonights experience was. No one in the restaurant cared.
After reading some of the negative reviews below - and being that I've dined at Sango numerous times now - I have to say that Sango is the best sushi restaurant in the Tricities! The food is amazing - flavour, freshness and presentation is up there in my books. The service is excellent and the ambience - although fairly casual - is clean and comfortable. Fair to say that their prices are higher than some of the other sushi restaurants in the area however, you can't compare to the quality you get at Sango. You get what you pay for and these guys know what their doing. We've introduced friends and family to this place and they are hooked too! Love these guys and hope they are around for a long time! Take out service is fast too which is great!
Have lived in coquitlam & port moody for close to 30 years & have enjoyed sushi restaurants even longer. I have eaten regularly in almost every sushi restaurant in the area at one time or another & find Sango to be one of the best. The quality of many restaurants in the lower mainland is excellent so "the bar" is high. If you think the price is too high then you should be eating at an all you can eat or a cheap place where the food is only standard fare. The service is fairly "casual" but if you dont have time to chill buy the takeout. Hope this balances the reviews a bit.
We've eaten here 3 or 4 times and every time I wonder why with so many other really good Japanese restaurants in the area. They do an okay tempura udon although one time the tempura was really soggy and extremely unappetizing. The last time I ordered the caterpillar roll, the taste was okay but there was hardly any filling, only a very merge bit of eel and they charge $8 for it! I also had the ebi mayo which was very bland, not worth it at all. The wait staff also never brought the check, even after I asked them for it twice! I would suggest going to Nagano or Sushi Mori instead.
Mango roll - Sango offers a selection of 'fusion' rolls ranging from $8.95 to $15.99 (!) We tried the mango roll which was a spicy tuna roll with slices of mango and avocado on top. The tuna was quite sparse. If that's what a plain spicy tuna roll looked like, I would have been disappointed.
Vegetable combo - Consisted of 3 rolls. The cucumber in the cucumber roll was shredded instead of one piece and therefore didn't really hold together very well. The vegetable roll had cucumber, red, yellow pepper and avocado. It kind of fell apart when you picked it up too and didn't really taste all that interesting. At least the avocado roll was ok, it's hard to screw that one up.
Seafood fried udon - Only ok. There were pieces of surf clam that were too chewy to eat. Normally, that is eaten raw and now I can see why.
Decor was nice, high ceilings, nice tables, chairs.
Service was slow. The dirty dishes piled up on the table and weren't cleared. Even when the server brought our bill, she only picked up two dishes and left the rest.
I will not be going there again. There are too many good sushi places in town to waste my time/money here. And for fusion Japanese food, I'd rather go to Happa Izakaya in Vancouver.
Sango surves fancy overpriced sushi. Most of the sushi is outstanding, but sometimes you order
something that looks good on the menu and ... Lets put it this way- it looks way better than it tastes.
I would recommend the Crab Cloud, salmon and tuna sashimi, snow cap roll and miso soup, those are the best
out of my standards anyway. I would give Sango Sushi a 3 out of 5 star rating.
The only reason to eat at Sango is if someone has given you a gift card and you like them enough not to waste their not-fully-thought-out gift. I had lunch there with my hubby and while he ordered some sort of mostly-undentifiable combination plate, I ordered miso soup, a Victoria Roll and the Maso Cali, but only after enquiring about the "Chef's Special" I noticed on the board when walking in. I was informed that they don't do that there--really? Take the sign down then! While the miso soup was quite good and hot, much like I make myself at home, the rest of my lunch was memoriable only for what was missing from it--flavour! The Victoria roll was a combination of yam tempura (undercooked) and avocado (not ripe) rolled in rice with some sort of drizzle on top. I was expecting the drizzle to be salty/spicy/tangy to offset the creaminess of the yam and avocado--instead it was just, dare I say it--just brown and without any real flavour. Given the place had few lunch patrons, I'm not sure why the roll was cut so unevenly--what was the rush? The Maso Cali was outstanding in it's boringness--I've had better at the mall. This restaurant suffers from more than poor taste, though. The service is slow, uninformed (it's not my fault it's your first day, is it?) and poorly trained. Plating is a huge issue here--the plates are enormous. Our table for 4 was quickly overwhelmed with serving dishes and there were just 2 of us! I enjoy good food presentation, it's part of what makes eating out a treat, but in this case, there was much more plate than food and using chipped plates is just a no no. On my hubby's uber large plate there was this piece of cut up plastic--too busy to slice up a cucumber or something edible? It's the little things too that are missing, like straining the tea so I don't have to pick pieces out of my teeth and don't ask me if I want the change back, just give it to me and I'll leave it myself if I'm so moved. Why eat here? Yes, why eat here-- regift the Sango card and drive up the hill to Fuji for some really outstanding, traditional Japanese.