I never ever noticed Sushi Oyama, or even the building, even though it’s right by NCIX (for us geeks) on Kingsway. Well, I was kind of shocked seeing that it was a Japanese restaurant in a stone house. Their Grand Opening Sign is still up, but my friends had already been there 6 months ago. At the front was a nice water-fall wall thing (I had a picture but I underexposed). The restaurant had two separate rooms with two separate sushi bars. They also had an upstairs, but I wasn’t sure what was up there.
We looked at the menu which was,decent selection. First thing that hit me was wow, this place wasn’t that expesnive, and wow Sushi Tengoku is uber expensive! I found that they had some rolls here that I could eat too. They also had a Chicken Katsu roll, but for only $3.99! I had to order this to compare. I also just ordered a tamago maki. I ordered just a little bit because we were supposed to go running in the pouring rain shortly after. The chicken roll was crispy too, but it was better at Tengoku. They also kind of cut the roll a bit to thin, and the chicken would sometimes fall out, as I picked it up. It was decent, and cheaper, but I think it had a bit less meat. I don’t normally get the Tamago Maki, but I noticed that the seaweed was a bit tough to chew. The egg was better than what was at Sushi Tengoku. I guess I should have ordered the nigiri.
Wheel was on a protein only diet, so he just ordered some sashimi. My other friends totally underestimated the amount of food they were getting. They ordered 4 different rolls, and sashimi. The rolls were huge and really pretty. They ordered the Smoked Salmon and Cream cheese roll – which was basically smoked salmon on top of a cream cheese and crab roll. (I tried this and I’m also allergic to this kind of smoked salmon.. DAMN!). They also had the Red Roll which had scallops and tobiko in a roll and topped with tuna, this one was kind of spicy. For their third roll they had the Mango Dice Roll, which is basically a cali roll with mango inside, and a piece of shrimp on top. They also had the Oyama Roll which was salmon and avocado inside and topped with black sesame or green roe (alternating), and some larger roe on top. These rolls are all very pretty and surprisingly not too expensive. These rolls were about $7 for most of them. I think all of the rolls were under $10, and the sashimi was $7 something.
My friends’ favourite roll was definitely the Oyama Roll (soooo good), then the Red Roll, then the Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Roll. The Mango Roll was not so good. They really liked this place because they had a nice variety of special rolls, and the price wasn’t too high. Very good value here. They couldn’t finish their food, and it was their first meal of the day.
The service was very friendly, and they refilled our tea many times.
You may end up driving past it, and not notice it, but you should definitely give it a try if you happen be close by. It’s just a minute or so from Metrotown (
on the way totowards New Westminster).