There are quite a number of sushi houses lining Kingsway near the Metrotown area like you won’t believe. Let me see those I can recall some of the popular ones at the top of my head … Oyama, Tomoya, Kura, Isami, Yako, Asakusa and of course …
… Sushi Garden. Among all the Sushi houses here, it appears that Sushi Garden is the most popular.
As popular as it is, I don’t normally go to Sushi even though it is a short walk from my office. The reason is the crowd. It is very busy during lunchtime. To get a table you are advised to get there at least 15 minutes before noon.
That was what I did. By noon, all the tables will have been taken. On the day I went to Sushi Garden it was also raining quite heavily and yet it was full at noon.
They are popular because of the value and their sushis are quite decent too. What sucks about Sushi Garden to me is their service. I understand that they are busy and the waitresses have their hands full keeping things together but they do have an aloof mannerism that it is bordering on rudeness … at least that is how I felt when I was there. Mind you, I was there so early and they had the time to properly serve me. Instead, they were standing by the bar chatting with the chefs. I had to signal them that I am ready to order (I had put my menu down for minutes already). It seems like my waitress was unhappy that I interrupted her chat!
I decided on the item that has the most variety of sushis (and also the most expensive). The Deluxe Assorted Sushi is $16 and consists of 10 different type of sushis. It also has a couple of small tuna and salmon rolls “on the side” so to speak.
One thing I noticed all the time is that they serves their sushis on wooden platforms. Never been to Japan before myself, I assume that it is … the traditional way that sushis are served.
As expected all the sushis were fresh and well made. I think the above is called the Ika Sushi which is basically squid. There is not a lot of taste to this but it is elegance and chewy texture that sets this apart.
The Hamachi Sushi has a somewhat buttery flavor and smooth texture. This is often the third most popular sushis after salmon and tuna.
I don’t see a lot of Ameabi Sushi around. It is also known as Sweet Shrimp. The meat is a bit translucent which is an indication of freshness.
Overall, the Sushi Garden serves very decent sushis but is value for money. My greatest beef with them is the service. I don’t mind the line ups as I can always plan around that.
Sitting just next to the sushi bar, I noticed that they make a heck lot of sushis to go. I guess that one way around the poor service and long lines.