Victoria Sushi: Aburi Everything

If you’re in New Westminster and looking for some aburi sushi, you’ve probably heard of Victoria Sushi. This tiny, hidden gem is located in a residential neighbourhood with serious challenges for parking.

Although I first found this place back in 2014, I haven’t returned recently so I decided it was a time for another revisit for their aburi sushi. Their aburi oshi sushi (aburi = flame-seared, oshi = box-pressed) is almost as famous as Miku and Minami but at a slightly cheaper price point.

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Aburi Salmon Oshi Sushi is definitely something that you should try here if you’re a fan of aburi sushi. But the Aburi Scallop Oshi Sushi is just as fabulously creamy.

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You get the slightest hint of heat from the jalepeño slice on top of the salmon.

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Honestly, if there’s such a thing as sushi porn… this is it.

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One of the worst kept secrets here is that they have off-the-menu items that you can order that’s really drool-worthy. The Temari Sushi Set ($23 for 9 pieces). Whereas oshi sushi is pressed into a rectangular shape, temari sushi is shaped into little balls. Seriously, these things are super cute!

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I don’t really recall all of the items in this plate but it included salmon topped with a jalepeño slice (similar to their aburi salmon oshi sushi), a tender but firm fish topped with pea shoots, beef with red pepper (I actually really liked this more than I thought I would as the seared beef had an interesting flavour and the slight chewiness was enjoyable), sweet shrimp topped with an olive slice (this was interesting but I found that the searing made the shrimp too chewy), and saba with green onions (this was the best of the bunch as the mackerel was buttery and had a very distinct flavour to it).

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Continuing on, there was another piece of salmon topped with a jalepeño slice, then the creamy scallop topped with tobiko, another scorched white fish that was topped with spinach, and popping tobiko topped with a a jalepeño slice.

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Seriously… that mackerel was awesome! It actually inspired my next visit when I ordered their Aburi Sime-Saba Oshi Sushi prepared with sweeet vinegar marinated mackerel with a house katsu sauce. I paired this dish with another off-menu item called “The Spoon” ($3.75 per spoon).

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Plating is exceptional but keep in mind that it takes a bit longer to make these off-menu items so be prepared for a wait.

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The first thing that I tasted in the spoon was the olive and the popping tobiko but that was quickly replaced with the creamy, melt-in-your-mouth aburi (salmon and scallop I think?) and followed with a lingering spicy sauce at the bottom of the spoon.

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The dish is artfully decorated with pea shoots and red peppers.

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On another visit, I opted for the Toro Nigiri ($2.75 each) and Aburi Unagi Oshi Sushi.

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The buttery toro had a nice, long tail-to-rice ratio.

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While the unagi was not thick pieces of eel, they were super buttery and creamy.

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If you find yourself in a hankering for aburi sushi in New West, make sure you try this place out.

10-15 Royal Avenue East
New Westminster, BC

Victoria Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Posted on August 18, 2017, in Japanese, Restaurant Review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Great review! are their off menu items on rotation or set? would love to try that temari set and the spoon 🙂

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