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Hyack Sushi: All Hype or All That?

Anyone who has spent any time around New Westminster will probably be very familiar with the word “Hyack”. Originating from the Chinook jargon for quick, fast, or hurry up, the term has been adopted by various New Westminster area groups such as the 1861 volunteer fire department, the “Hyack Company #1”, the “Hyack Band” that performed during the May Day celebrations, and the popular annual “Hyack Festival”.
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Sushi Taku: Solid Take-Out Options

The corner of Joyce and Wellington (near the Joyce Skytrain Station) seems to be the Bermuda triangle for restaurants… I’ve seen numerous restaurants come and go in this one spot. It’s a shame because I’ve liked most of the past restaurants.
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Satomi Sushi – Better Option than Sushi Garden

Satomi Sushi is a relatively new/updated restaurant located on Kingsway, across from Metropolis at Metrotown. It’s on the same block as Sushi Garden but, for my money, it’s a better alternative.
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Isami Sushi – Hidden Gem

Isami Sushi is a hidden gem in Burnaby. With an address on Kingsway, you wouldn’t be faulted for not noticing it… especially since the storefront is actually located on McKay Street.
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Hon Sushi – Forgettable Sushi

The restaurant located on the second floor above Earls on Kingsway has changed a number of times over the years. In recent times, it’s been the location of Fish on Rice, an AYCE Japanese restaurant. The problem that I find with AYCE restaurants is that, inevitably, things go downhill… quality goes down, selection gets cut back, and prices go up.
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Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin (Hawaii 2016)

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin is a well-known Japanese eatery that started in the upscale Ginza region of Tokyo in 1927 and has since expanded to Hong Kong, Korea, and even Hawaii.
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Sushi Well (New West) – Pink Sushi Rice

Sushi Well is the new name for Okonomi Sushi. I had previously visited their location on 6th Street in New Westminster, but I think that particular outlet has sinced closed. When I visited their Columbia & 4th Street location in early January (entrance is on 4th St), they still had their old name on the outside of the restaurant.
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Victoria Sushi – Revisit

As I mentioned on my last visit to Victoria Sushi, you couldn’t be blamed for driving right past this little sushi joint and not knowing that it was even there.
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Oka-San Kitchen – Momma’s Plate

Oka-San Kitchen is a newish Japanese/Hawaiian fusion restaurant that opened up recently on Fraser Street. I visited in late November when they had been opened for approximately 2 months so some of the items may be different from what they’re currently serving.
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Sushi Heaven – Sapperton

Sushi Heaven is located in the Sapperton area of New Westminster, next to Fratelli Bakery.
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Kojima Sushi – Solid Japanese Eats in New West

Kojima Sushi is located on busy 6th Street in New Westminster, next to Hon’s Wun-Tun House.
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Van-Ya Japanese Restaurant

Van-Ya is one of those non-descript Japanese restaurants that you could pass by without even realizing it. Actually, I’m pretty sure that I’ve passed by this restaurant many times without batting an eye. Since it’s located on a side street off of Kingsway, that’s not too surprising.
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