Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sushi K Kamizato: Foodgasmic but lacking service

Super late post, but thought I'd revive this! Thanks to Koffee for taking charge and ordering us yummies!! (And treating dinner hehe)

Sushi K Kamizato on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Sushi K Kamizato (visit their website here)
Location: 2105- 2850 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Price range: $30+

Date of visit: October 5, 2013
Atmosphere: 4/5
Staff/service: 3.5/5
Food variety: 5/5
Food quality: 4.75/5
Buck worthy? 4.5/5

We were started off with some mediocre Seafood Karaage (on the house). Definitely not their strongest dish in house, but hey, it's free. The tuna and salmon was fresh, but the batter was soft =(

First to arrive were lovely Tiger Eyes ($4.00 each). They consist of rice wrapped with wild salmon topped with chopped scallop and bottomed with a slice of cucumber. I love this. It just melts in your mouth because the salmon is lightly seared and the fat just "smoothens" out everything. Scallops were fresh and plentiful, uh-mazing!

Then came the Black Saba Roll ($9.95). Lightly seared saba on top and saba inside the roll with some cucumber. I found it a bit too fishy for me, but all the flavors come together nicely. I don't know what herb they put in there but it was good.

Next, was a "journey" through tuna. This dish, Tuna 4 Way ($10.95), was to be eaten in a certain order to enhance your experience. It goes from light flavors to stronger flavors of the tuna. Now being me, of course I forgot what each one tasted like, but the flavors did get intense. You start on the left then go right (multiple times hehe). The third one, I remember is spicy. The last one was cooked. I liked the first part best as it was a light soy-sauce-based tuna and the tuna was buttery as it melted in my mouth. (Yes, if you're getting the flow, most things melted in my mouth tonight).

Then came the highlights. NIGIRIS. Look how pretty they are ^-^ Generally, the rice-to-fish-ratio was good, not too much rice and the rice was cooked well. Koffee had Ikura ($2.50) which I didn't care for, but it looked pretty :3

First I dug into the Tuna Tataki ($1.95 each). The outside was lightly seared and presentation was nice. Forgot what it was topped with but it was kinda tart and enhanced the flavors of the tuna. Again this cut of tuna melted in my mouth and mixed with the sushi rice beautifully. MMMMM =]

This Aburi Toro ($3.95 each) didn't look as pretty, but mixed with the herbs and pepper, it was a party in my mouth. Toro is nicely marbled with fat which made the whole mix of rice and fish a very smooth experience.

Now this was my sushigasm of the night, Aburi Hamachi ($3.95 each). I still remember the experience. After placing it in my mouth I was speechless in well... sushi heaven. The hamachi being lightly seared lost its strong fishy flavor but had this aromatic sweet fish taste mixed with their sauce and the herbs. MY GOSH. Can't even describe how amazing this was!

Lastly was an Aburi Saba ($2.95 each). After my sushigasm, this didn't quite compare. And not being quite the fan of Saba, this was less amazing. The aburi made it less fishy though, which was a bonus for me =)

Finally, a Crab Motoyaki ($6.95). I don't think that's the whole price. The owner (very friendly btw) told us the crab was small and the portion was small so she adjusted the price. I was surprised at how light the sauce was. Normally it's heavy mayo+egg, but this was nice and light with shredded crab meat. Interesting because I've never had crab motoyaki before!

On the house, the finish the meal, they gave us a plum wine. I'm a super uber lightweight, so this took me out and I had to rest for a bit before driving home haha! Kinda sweet and I could taste the plum, it wasn't too bad. Burned a bit going down though =/ Maybe I'm just not set for alkie =P

Very satisfied with this experience. The service is super slow though, but a nice place if you want some fresh, good quality sushi =)