The restaurant is in a somewhat run down area of Surrey but don’t let appearances deceive you. It is a very small restaurant but we were very warmly greeted as we walked in the door. It is a very casual restaurant and there is not much in the way of ambiance but the service was very good and the food was served in generous portions and very well prepared.
When we first ordered our waitress told us that we had probably ordered too much food. We were thinking the portions sizes would be what we generally get at Japanese restaurants that we’ve dined at. We received complimentary bowls of miso soup, very tasty and it was served with spoons for those of you who do not like to just pick it up and drink from the bowl. We had an appetizer of gyoza and they were also very good. Ebi Suomono was served with 2 good sized shrimp that were very tender. Most of the time when we order this dish they just have a few tiny shrimp in the bowl. We also had the following dishes. BBQ short rib on special. It came on a sizzling platter with mushrooms and onions on the bottom that had soaked up the flavor of the sauce and meat. Delicious. Chicken teriyaki was also a very generous portion and came on a bed of cabbage and mushrooms. Shrimp tempura was one of the best shrimp tempura that I’ve had. The batter was very light and crispy. It was not at all oily. Heavenly. We had 2 bowls of rice with our dinner. For dessert we finished off with tempura ice cream. I think I would rather just have plain ice cream, however the presentation of the ice cream was lovely with chocolate sauce drizzled over top and a sliced strawberry.
The total tab for this feast was just under $40.00 before tip. The service was very good. Our waitress was so cheerful and she checked on us frequently to ensure that we had everything we required.
We would definitely return to Okonomi