After a little play time at home this morning, “Monk”, “Jazzy” and I decided to go have some sushi for lunch. I had noticed on dinehere.ca that Sushi California [501A North Rd, Coquitlam, (604) 931-8284] was one of the most commonly rated restaurants in Coquitlam, so I thought we’d give it a try. It’s less than 10 minutes from our place, so off we went.
OK, it’s no Tojo or Octopus’ Garden, but it’s fresh, tasty and inexpensive. In my own head, I have categorized Japanese food for different times and places. One day I will delve further into this theory. So we ordered a bunch of nigiri sushi, an interesting roll called the spring roll, a negi-hamachi roll and a couple of hand cones during the first wave. Every thing was tasty, fresh and quite large. It was disappointing that they had no uni, particularly since we’re in the middle of sea urchin season, but the spring roll was quite a surprise. It was a spicy albacore maki with scallions, kaiware, rice and wrapped in a rice paper roll. It was very tasty, a good balance of savory, sweet and spicy, quite unusual and an interesting combination of textures. The hamachi was very fresh and the tobiko and quail egg yolk was very satisfying. My only issues and concerns were the hand rolls were a little bulky and the seaweed was not as toasty and crisp as I would like, but overall, very good.
Being the glutton that I am and considering the fact that “Monk” was still hungry, we ordered a few more nigiri sushi and a chopped scallop roll. The tako was exceptional, but again, I had similar concerns about the hand roll that I mentioned earlier.
Overall, for inexpensive sushi, particularly this close to home, I was very pleased. “Monk” even commented there was some wow factor to this meal. I wasn’t sure how to exactly interpret that statement, but I will definitely go back in the future and try Sushi California again soon.
On my chef’s night out scale, Sushi California receives 3.5/5 SOB (slices of bacon).