Fish on Rice

We used to go to Fish on Rice when it first opened many years ago.  The food was pretty good for an AYCE place.  But as time went by (as it happens in so many places) things went down hill.  We had almost forgotten about the place until today when we decided to give it another shot… and I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.

I do appreciate that the AYCE comes with free pop (I find ginger ale helps with the digestion).

The green salad and spinach gomae was good.  On the other hand, the kani sunomono was very disappointing… the noodles were a bit hard and you could barely see the scraps of kani in the dish.  The miso soup was okay but not overly special.

I liked that the beef tataki was sliced nice and thin (we wound up ordering another plate).  We don’t normally order sushi rolls because of all the rice but decided to try a couple of pieces.  The cream cheese in one of the rolls was a bit odd and interesting at the same time.

I really liked the cold zaru noodles (if we didn’t wind up ordering so much food, I probably would have reordered more). The gyoza and the spicy scallop and unagi cones were good.  We were a bit surprised that they didn’t have unagi sushi but they did have it in the cone form.

Spicy salmon and regular sashimi, amaebi, tamago and toro sushi. Prawn tempura (I like how you can order just prawn tempura… some places make you order vegi tempura to fill you up).

By this time, we were starting to get worried because the dishes are larger than we’re used to at other AYCE places.  The deep fried scallops were good but would have been better with a different dipping sauce.  The agadashi tofu was huge… as was the chicken and salmon teriyaki.

The beef short ribs were the best we’ve had at an AYCE place for a long time and was juicy and tender. Chicken wings were large and filling and the ika karaage was nice and crispy.  The seafood fried rice was a bit of a filler, but we like eating it with the motoyaki.  Salmon cheek and salmon belly was pretty good too but I think I preferred the salmon belly.

The grilled black cod was okay but the oyster motoyaki was good… some places only give you small chunks of oysters.

There’s always room for jello… and mango pudding.  Did I mention it was lime jello?  Bonus!

My only concern now is that we might wind up eating here more frequently now that we know the food’s pretty good.

Food: 3.5 / 5
Service: 3.5 / 5

4361 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC

www.fishonricejapanesecuisine.com

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Posted on May 19, 2011, in AYCE, Japanese, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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