Rikka has the outer appearance of any other sushi joint (you know the kind, they're everywhere in this city and they all taste the same), but in reality it is on a whole other echelon. Originally situated in New Westminster and owned by a Japanese and Korean couple, they have in the last year relocated to the Killarney area. Upon returning, I am happy to say the food is still incredible, if not better.
I ordered the pork shogayaki dinner special, so I will start from there. First, the presentation is absolutely impeccable. Unlike bastardized fushion places that are all about hype, like Ebisu, these guys do not use fancy plates and sauce-art to dress things up but instead rely on sculpting their sashimi with various shapes and swirls. There was a single oyster in shell, slightly grilled, topped lightly with roe, placed with a kabob of tomato, scallop, zucchini and shrimp. These, along with all the sashimi and nigiri sushi, tasted really fresh, without a tint of raw fishiness. The nigiris themselves are amazing: the rice is tiny compared to the fish, unlike other places that have a rectangular chunk of rice with a slab of fish on top, these nigiris are more like little ovals of rice with large slices of fish resting on top, so much larger that they fall and curl around the rice. The nigiris were tuna and shrimp. The sashimi were tuna and sockeye salmon tataki, which were incredible, especially the latter, being lightly grilled on the outside. There was a little mound of something which at first I thought was mashed radish, but turned out to be finely chopped tuna with a bit of dressing. Quite delicious. The main dish, pork shogayaki (ginger flavored pork), came with sliced seaweed, sesame, green onion, red and yellow peppers, sprouts, zucchini, onions, and sliced carrots topped on rice. Quite a far cry from all the other places where one gets a single broccli and/or onions and/or a chunk of carrot with thick terriyaki or something slathered in sauce. All of this topped off with some nice salad and homemade mashed-potato cake tempura.
Also, everything appears to made on the spot, which conversely, is also why the service is sometimes a bit slow, their only flaw. Not recommended if one is in a rush.
The Japanese dishes and specials at Rikka's are quite something, unlike a lot of other places, which offer mundane and prosaic things like california rolls and terriyaki bowls. Rikka offers things like that as well on their menu (and they do it quite well), but the Japanese specials would be better and highly recommended. Like their slogan says, try real Japanese food.