This is the third location for the Japanese food franchise. It has taken over the spot where Taste Nice used to be, and as much as I’m saddened by seeing the Jamaican restaurant go, I was excited at the prospect of getting good sushi close to home.
The restaurant is located across from Gateway Skytrain. Very convenient for those taking transit.
As soon as you walk thru the doors, you see that the owners have taken great care with the place. modern and simple furnishings, hardwood floors and traditional Japanese scenes adorn the walls.
The menu is extensive! It’s almost 12 pages long and that doesn’t include the fresh sheet!
Right away we were served some complimetary edamame. Nice. Our server kept coming to our table asking us if we were ready to order, I’ll admit we took our time. Like I mentioned before, the menu is huge.
Okonomi has food specials everyday. Each day has a specialty roll for 30% off. Not a bad deal.
I started with the house specialty: Their gyoza ($4.55) – Japanese style dumpling, half steamed and half pan fried. Filled with pork and prawns, the dumplings were quite large. They came with their special sauce that’s a little tangier than regular gyoza sauce. This is a good dish for sharing.
Okonomi sushi uses pink rice for their sushi. This is plain white rice that’s been infused with fruit and vegetable extracts to give it a nutritional punch. Pictured here is their White Whistler Roll ($8.95) – crab meat, cucumber, avocado, tempura flake and cream cheese sauce. Another roll worth sharing. I found the cream sauce a tad heavy for sushi, not sure if I liked the combination. I found it very heavy.
We also ordered some delicious salmon sashimi. Wild salmon although more expensive, ($12.95 for 8 pieces), it’s the best.
Like I mentioned before, the menu is extensive. There’s a good variety of other Japanese dishes, not just sushi. We also ordered some chicken teriyaki don ($8.95). Once again, the portions are quite large. This could easily been shared by two people.
For dessert we ordered the green tea ice cream. ($2.95). It came with slices of avocado. Interesting choice. And it surprisingly, it was really good!
The ice cream tempura was really good. It came drizzled with chocolate.