Since I work in the general area, I was excited when a new Japanese restaurant popped up, and had to try it out. I walked in to the restaurant with open ended expectations.
The first thing I noticed was the ambiance. The interior design is spectacular and breathtaking. It really is a modernistic Japanese theme. A water fountain and a Japanese temple? is right in the middle when you first enter. There are several booths on the sides with wood tables, and a long table for large parties in the middle. There are backlit rocks on the side many paper cranes lining the ceiling. Also a nice bar type area to sit down. Japanese music playing in the background. Everything from classical Japanese, to more modern music such as B'z or Aqua Timez.
Stepping into this restaurant for the first time, My friend and I were greeted by an enthusiastic "Irrashaimase!" (Welcome) by the wait staff, who showed us to a booth. Everything was done with a please and a thank you, and our cups were never empty. They promptly served tea (upon ordering) and brought out our orders at a very reasonable time frame. The chefs and wait staff look to all be Japanese, which is also a big plus when running a Japanese restaurant. Since this is a new restaurant, the owner seems to have been training some of the wait staff on what to do. Servers seemed to lack experience, but made up for it with smiles and a good effort. (You may wish to clarify your order as well, as their english is a little sketchy, and my order was taken slightly incorrect. I did not want to bother too much with this though)
My friend and I ordered a few dishes including the 1/2 King california roll ($7/4pc) 1/2 Double Salmons Roll ($6/4) 1/2 Unagi Roll ($7/4) 1/2 Ebi Tempura Roll ($6/4pc) Raw Sockeye Sashimi (2.00 ea) Hotate (Scallop) Sashimi (2.50 ea) (ballparking the prices they were all about 6-7 per roll) $43 (not inc tip) for lunch for 2 of us ... was quite expensive to say the very least.
First thing to note i that all the sushi does not use normal sushi rice, but a brown type of rice (The name escapes me at the moment)
The King Cali roll had real crab meat topped with mango avocado and scallops and 'melted' in my mouth. The whole roll is wrapped in a soy paper which I thought looked like egg.
The double salmon roll has crab avocado salmon and wrapped with smoked salmon. Not bad but tasted like it was missing something to make it explosive.
The Ebi Tempura roll was what my friend liked the most , did not get a chance to try it.
The Unagi roll tasted quite good, but the cream cheese overpowered most of the roll and it tasted like a philly cheese roll.
The sashimi was very fresh and very good, always a good thing when the sashimi tastes very fresh and not frozen.
The decor, the service - all excellent. The value for the food served? Quite iffy. If they were to bring the price down to more reasonable levels, I think that they potentially could have a winner here. Especially since Izakaya are few and far between in Burnaby. I'm impressed with what they are trying to do though, with unique rolls that are different in presentation and ingredients. I will definitely be back in the near future to see if they have evolved into something a lot better than it is now :)