L.A. Sushi: Sashimi at the Crest
It’s been a few years since my last visit to L.A. Sushi in the Crest Shopping Centre in Burnaby so I thought it was about time to repay them a visit.
The menu offering here is decidedly old school with a mix of classic items that you’d expect to find such as sushi rolls, donburi, and sashimi – it was this last item that drew me here as I had a hankering for some sashimi.
The Assorted Sashimi ($19.55) is the chef’s choice and is described in the menu as coming with 12 pieces (but I counted more than that on my plate): 1 piece of tamago (cut in two), 2 pieces of hokkigai (surf clam), 3 pieces of tako (octopus) that were a bit squishy but okay, 4 pieces of Atlanic salmon, 1 piece of wild salmon, 3 pieces of shime saba (marinated mackerel), 3 pieces of tai (red snapper), and 3 pieces of tuna.
Overall, my favourite was the salmon which had a smooth and buttery texture while the tuna was a bit on the cold side but not too bad. I couldn’t immediately tell what the translucent sashimi was that resembled a firmer tuna but later found out it was red snapper (I didn’t even see red snapper on the menu).
I returned a couple of weeks later to try some of their nigiri sushi and wound up ordering the Wild Salmon ($2.40), Tuna Toro ($2.20), Saba ($1.75), Unagi ($2.65), Amaebi ($2.65), Ikura ($2.50), and Chopped Scallop ($2.20).
I noticed that they are fairly generous with their sashimi pieces… most notably with the salmon, tuna, saba (mackerel), ikura, and chopped scallop. I especially liked the buttery tuna belly and most of the other pieces were spot-on.
On a subsequent visit, I opted for their version of a Chirashi Don ($18.50) which comes with miso soup. I thought the price sounded a bit on the high side but when the massive bowl arrived at my table, I could see why – this could easily feed 2 people. The sashimi, as in my other visit, was clean and fresh and consisted of 4 pieces of salmon, 3 pieces of tuna, 3 pieces of tako, 2 pieces of wild salmon, 2 pieces of surf clam, 3 pieces of mackerel, 2 pieces of squid, 4 pieces of snapper (I think), as well as tamago. For the first time in a long while, I think I bit off more than I could chew… but I did manage to finish all of the sashimi in this bowl. There’s quite a bit of sushi rice underneath that went to waste because I couldn’t finish it though.
In late November, I decided to try one of their numerous sushi rolls on their menu and ordered the Tiger Roll ($11.85) which is filled with imitation crab meat, prawn tempura, avocado, and cucumber and then topped with alternating ebi and avocado on top with a special sauce. The roll itself is quite large and the filling reminded me of a mix between a California roll and a dragon roll.
In late December, I returned for a quick lunch comprised of Tuna and Salmon Sashimi ($13.85) and Futomaki ($6.50). As I’ve stated previously, the sashimi here is pretty good and you get 8 pieces of thick sashimi in the dish. Both tuna and salmon were fresh and slid down so easily.
Futomaki is known as a “fat” roll and this version is no exception. Filled with a combination of tamago, yellow radish, carrot, cucumber, and pickled pumpkin, it can be a bit daunting to try and pick up.
Another visit to LA Sushi had me picking up some more nigiri sushi… Wild Salmon ($2.40), Toro ($2.20), Chopped Scallop ($2.20), Ikura $2.50, and Unagi ($2.65). Simple but good… especially the buttery toro and the plump scallops. Their Dragon Roll ($11.95) is like a giant California roll topped with unagi and avocado. It’s satisfying but I guess I’ve been spoiled by places that present Dragon rolls in the shape of a dragon with a “dragon face” decoration on one end.
Overall, a nice little sushi restaurant in the area and the chef is friendly but the menu offering is a bit limiting.
8671 Tenth Ave
Posted on March 6, 2019, in Japanese, Restaurant Review and tagged Burnaby, Chirashi Don, Dragon Roll, Food, Nigiri, restaurant review, Sashimi, Sushi, Tiger Roll. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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