Been here twice for lunch now with a friend and shared our meals. It's pretty good. At first I thought the prices were a bit higher than normal, but the food arrived and I was pleasantly surprised.
Food - 4: I give the food a 4 because they didn't skimp on fillings for the Maki's. Our food came with miso soup. We didn't have to order it separately. Salmon maki was very good. It had a rather large piece of salmon sashimi inside which was quite surprising. The Dynomite roll had 3 pieces of shrimp at all times along the roll and there was avocado! The Negitoro maki was bursting at it's seams. There was definitely more "filling" than rice. Wakame salad was very palate cleansing and delicious. The Unagi nigiri and the Inari nigiri were also good. The Unagi could have had more unagi sauce on it though. The presentation of the sushi was just wonderful. Not just place as they were cut, they were arranged in to shapes (flower, pyramid, etc). I had a salmon teriyaki bento lunch box combo the 2nd time I went there and it was quite good. It came with sunomono, 2 orange wedes, salad, 5 tempura pieces, and a california roll. $8.00 for that particular box.
Service -2: The service was just decent. I don't think they've hired too much staff yet. The first day I went it was pretty quiet and there was only one server and one sushi chef. But it wasn't busy so we were seated right away and tea was brought out promptly. The 2nd time, however, it was a little bit busier and it was a different server. She didn't seem to know how to multi-task. She seated us and failed to bring over any menus. We found that quite odd. We had to wave her over to get the menus. After flagging attempting to flag down the server 3 times we finally got our order in. The chef doesn't know how to prioritize his orders. He made food as the orders came in. The table of 4 kept getting their food and we were sitting there twiddling our thumbs wondering why not even the appy had arrived yet. They still need to iron out the service. The servers need to remember to take finished dishes back to the kitchen with them. Our table was cluttered with empty bowls and plates even though they had come by to check on us already.
Value - 3: As I explained above, I thought the prices were a tad high, but it's worth it. If you would normally get 5 rolls, get 4. I found myself getting full before I had even finished the meal.
Ambiance - 2: It's a pretty typical sushi place. 3 booths along one wall shaped like a boat (the whole place has a nautical theme to it). 4 free standing tables in the middle and then a bench seat that runs along the far wall with tables and chairs to accompany it. Nothing special. Although I must admit their menu is very pleasing to the eye.
If you're going to be in Coquitlam or shopping at the mall and need a bite to eat, come and give this place a try. I will go back again next month to see if they are doing better with service. Otherwise I'll just enjoy the wakame salad.