Sushi Zone is an interesting sushi restaurant in downtown New Westminster next to the sky train station. The location seems to be really convenient for local students to stop by for a quick bite. Therefore, one of the first things I noticed is the reasonable pricing of the menu.
The restaurant itself is quite small. I would say the seating capacity is probably around 20 at the max. It was fairly busy for a weeknight. Feeling rather adventurous and fueled by hunger, I proceeded to order quite a few dishes.
Our food arrived but we did not get any plates. We also had to wait around for a while and ask before we got our tea. I had a difficult time getting the attention from the servers throughout the night. I guess they only had two servers and they were quite busy. After walking up to the front counter to ask for plates, I was finally able to sit down and enjoy my meal.
The Assorted Sashimi plate was fresh and came with 12 pieces. It was a really good value. The Spicy Salmon roll was just okay. One of my pet peeves had to do with how sushi rolls is the cut. For me, quality sushi must be cut evenly, with each piece of the roll being exactly the same height as the other. Uneven cuts drastically diminish the visual appeal for me. I also order a single piece of Chopped Scallop Nigiri, which I find to be pretty good.
Passion of Salmon is one of the restaurant’s specialties. The roll had sockeye salmon with special sauce and was wrapped in a thin slice of cucumber instead of seaweed. It tasted quite sweet to my surprise. However, I did not really enjoy that dish partly because the cucumber felt very slimy.
The Sushi Pizza absolutely blew me away. It was my first time trying the sushi pizza so I really did not know what to expect. I liked the deep fried sushi rice that served as the base similar to the pizza crust. There were slices of avocado, fine pieces of spicy sashimi, ebi, scallop, and some tobiko as toppings. The special sauce made is super savory without being salty. This was my favorite dish of the night.
Overall, my experience at Sushi Zone was mediocre at best; the food was average and the service could use some improvements. Having said that, the price is decent and I would totally go back for the Sushi Pizza.
789 Carnarvon St
New Westminster, BC