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Raymond’s Sushi Adventures: Episode #240: Sushia

Burnaby North, $$ (Reasonably Priced)

Regardless that I do not TA at SFU anymore, I’ve nonetheless continued the custom of bringing sushi trays into my workplace sometimes and sharing them with my workplace mates. Simply to maintain issues attention-grabbing, I attempt to not carry the identical trays time and again, however there are solely so many locations which might be shut sufficient to SFU that the sushi does not get chilly on the experience there.

Manufacturing Station is just a 10-minute bus experience from SFU, however the earlier sushi restaurant on the station, Sushi Kaku, was so useless and uninviting that I had second ideas about getting into. For the document, I haven’t got second ideas about bussing dwelling from a celebration at 3 a.m. from one aspect of GVRD to the opposite, so that claims a lot in regards to the restaurant. The brand new sushi restaurant at Manufacturing Station, Sushia, appears much more inviting, and I strolled in to see if it was a worthy candidate for my celebration tray adventures on the workplace.

Sushia is a Chinese language-operated restaurant that seats about 25. The costs have been relatively cheap, and enterprise seemed to be wholesome, with a gradual stream of take-out orders and eat-in diners. The menu is sort of giant for a restaurant of this measurement, with a very good assortment of appetizers, particular rolls, rice/noodle bowls, nigiri, sashimi, and the brand new, stylish favorite—oshi sushi.

Ocean Roll – B-

The Ocean Roll consisted of prawn tempura, cucumber, avocado, imitation crab meat, and tobiko. It got here in small however neatly constructed items, and the sauces (spicy mayo and unagi sauce) supplied ample flavour to the roll regardless of the roll being barely rice-heavy. The tempura batter, nonetheless, was actually laborious, and the rice vinegar was too robust, interfering with the sweetness of the imitation crab meat on high.

Salmon Sashimi – B+

Tuna Sashimi – C+

Tai Sashimi – A-

The Appetizer Sashimi, which got here with 2 items of salmon, 2 items of tuna, and 1 piece of tai, was additionally introduced neatly, with a small salad beneath. The salmon was pleasantly buttery and easy, and the tai (snapper) was contemporary with a tasty, candy flavour. I additionally favored how the tai was not powerful in any respect. Nonetheless, I didn’t just like the tuna, which was not tender in any respect and inexplicably dry. 

Unagi Oshi – B-

I needed to attempt the Toro Oshi, however since they ran out of toro, I opted for the Unagi Oshi as a substitute, which was the lunch particular of the day (a $2 low cost off the common worth). I used to be initially puzzled as to why there could be a random slice of lemon on my plate, however as quickly as I bit into the oshi, I might see why. The unagi was overdone (with some burnt elements), and the lemon was required to present the unagi its essential juiciness. At the very least the rice was not too tightly packed, and the creamy avocado inside prevented the rice from feeling too dry.

Amaebi Nigiri – A-

Hotate Nigiri – B-

Saba Nigiri – C

The Amaebi Nigiri didn’t disappoint, with deliciously candy and creamy shrimp that had a lightweight chew and a very good rebound. The Hotate Nigiri (scallop) was reasonably contemporary, with a slight overage of rice beneath. Nonetheless, the one piece that actually dissatisfied was the Saba Nigiri, which was so dry and salty that it’d as effectively have been labelled Dried Anchovy Nigiri. 

I skilled pleasant service throughout my go to, however the meals was very hit or miss. They’re able to inventory contemporary seafood and have some interesting menu gadgets, however the consistency should enhance earlier than this restaurant can appeal to the huge inhabitants of scholars commuting to SFU. Within the meantime, I am sticking with my high picks on Hastings (Take, Kilala, and Osaka) for my celebration trays.

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