Strange how our perception of a place sometimes prevent us from going in. For many years I knew there was a sushi restaurant tucked away in this Whalley strip mall , an area I do not frequent. I thought it was likely just a take out location.
Well, after hearing about it from a client a few months back & then reading a review of it in The Province last week, I decided to check it out. It was a complete surprise. It is likely one of the larger sushi restaurants in Surrey. There are many tatami rooms, as well as open seating.
The greeting was not particularily great. When asked if a tatami room was available, we were accomodated but it appeared a little begrudgingly, as there were only two of us.
When the room was cleaned, we were pointed to it rather than seated. The restaurant was not overly busy and we were not taking it away from a larger group.
Most of the rooms do not have sliding doors, so some of the colorful conversation reminded us we were in Surrey. As a resident, I guess i can say that.
The waitresses were all dressed in kimonas, a nice touch. There was minimal conversation and they were not overly friendly.
The food itself was beautifully presented on an aray of serving dishes, based upon the size of the order. Larger orders were served in boats. High marks here.
Food quality was very good. The rolls were not wrapped as tightly as I like them, but the texture of the rice was very fluffy. I like to be able to pick my rolls up without them breaking. Granted, I am not a master of the chop stick. Very tasty.
So park your car close to the restaurant for safety, close your eyes (not literally) to the surroundings and venture into this place.