Kilala Sushi Bar – Unagi Battera
Kilala Sushi Bar is a bit of a hidden restaurant in North Burnaby because their name “Kilala” isn’t prominent on the large sign outside the restaurant. Instead, their sign has “Sushi Take Out/Eat In” in large print with “Sushi Bar Kilala” in much smaller print below.
This “mom and pop shop” specializes mainly in sushi but they do have a few cooked options as well. Just don’t expect to get a full assortment of Japanese dishes here.
We started with a bowl of Miso Soup ($1.25) served piping hot. The Spinach Gomaae ($3.50) was oddly salty – perhaps from soy sauce. I prefer gomaae that has more of a spinach flavour to it.
We ordered Wild Salmon Sashimi ($12) which was quite fresh, clean, and firm in texture. Wild salmon sashimi has a texture that’s completely different than farmed salmon – you should definitely give it a try sometime.
For our sushi roll, we opted to order 1/2 a Kilala House Roll ($5.75). It’s difficult to tell from the picture because there’s no frame of reference but… OMG! This was a huge roll! The only downside is that it makes it almost impossible to eat without making a mess.
We did wind up ordering some hot food and went with the Chicken Teriyaki Don ($7.25) which came with skinless, boneless chicken pieces, carrots, and broccoli over rice. It looks a bit plain but the rice had a very good sauce mixed into it which made it very tasty.
Aburi sushi isn’t as common as other sushi types in the Lower Mainland but I’m finding that I really enjoy it (see our post on Minami in Yaletown). We ordered the Unagi Battera ($12.50) which is a pressed sushi with buttery unagi that’s seared on the top. I think there might have also been some egg (tamago) underneath the eel. This had really good flavour from the grilled unagi and I really enjoyed the texture – I could eat this all day long.
The restaurant is small with only 6 small tables of 2 as well as the area at the sushi bar but it seems larger than it is because of the large wall-sized mirror in the back of the restaurant.
4749 Hastings Street
Posted on March 24, 2014, in Japanese, Restaurant Review and tagged Aburi Sushi, Burnaby, Food, Japanese, North Burnaby, restaurant review, Sashimi, Sushi, Unagi Battera. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.