DinnerKi Sushi


Occasionally, in order to seek out good food, you have to search in the most unlikely of places. Ki Sushi in New Westminster is right across the street from the Skytrain station — not where you’d expect to find a decent Sushi restaurant.

(Top to bottom: 1. The standard operating sushi apparatus. 2. An assortment of Nigiri Sushi: Tamago, Salmon and Toro.)

Ki Sushi appear to share the same parking lot, as well as the same owners as a Chinese Restaurant called Dragon Palace next door. Not the most promising sign. As we walked in, we were immediately greeted by a large indoor pond with a few lonely fish swimming about. The dining room was bustling with activity as servers scrambled to deliver dishes to tables and pack up takeout orders.

We were seated in a corner, in a semi-private booth with simulated Shoji screen doors. Inside the booth, the carpet covered banquettes were unvacuumed; paint was peeling on the walls. But clearly this was a local favourite as patrons chatted happily with servers as well as with other patrons.

Case and I decided to try out an assortment of Nigiri sushi: Tamago, Saba (Mackeral), Toro (Tuna Bellly), Salmon, Tobiko (Fish Roe), Uni (Sea Urchin) and a Spider (Soft Shell Crab) Roll.

Top to bottom: 1. Spider Roll aka Deep Fried Soft Shell Crab. 2. The best things come in pairs: Tobiko, Uni and Saba.)

The sushi was surprisingly fresh; it caught us off guard. The Tamago was soft and fluffy, the Saba (Mackeral) had a nice texture, and the Uni was noticeably fresh with a nutty finish. The Toro (Tuna Belly), was well prepared and buttery soft. Even the spider roll was nicely done: gently deep fried and appropriately seasoned.

The kicker is the price. Our meal was only $39 including taxes and tips. The Toro and Uni in particular were a fantastic value at $1.45 and $2.25 a piece respectively (they’re easily $1 more per piece anywhere else). Service was slow and spotty, and the ambience is pretty ghetto — so be prepared to slum it out a bit. But for taste and value, Ki Sushi was a pleasant surprise.

Perfect for: good sushi at a good price, if you happen to accidentally get off the New Westminster stop on the Skytrain.

The Details

31 8th Street, New Westminster

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