Sushi K KamizatoPosted: 05/20/2013
After a tiring day of shopping at the Seattle Premium Outlets, my family decided to eat out for dinner, since my mom was too exhausted to cook anything. We decided to try out Sushi K Kamizato, which had been recommended to me by my friend Pickles. It’s a small restaurant located in a fairly new complex of buildings which include a large Shoppers Drug Mart and a pet supply store.
I found the decor of the restaurant interesting. It’s a blend of modern, minimalist furniture, traditional Japanese elements, and, somewhat oddly, a wall of LP covers. From this, I figured that the chef is a fan of classic rock–an inference supported by the music that was playing throughout our visit. Personally, I didn’t enjoy this, partly because I had somewhat of a headache after the long drive, but also because I didn’t feel that the music really complemented the atmosphere of the restaurant, or the food. I suppose that’s just nitpicking on my part though.
We started off with four small bowls of complimentary Salmon and Tuna Karaage. The bite-size morsels of fish had been freshly fried in a light layer of batter, and drizzled with what tasted like spicy Japanese mayonnaise and tonkatsu sauce. These pieces of fish still retained a tiny bit of their natural fishiness, which I enjoyed–why eat fish if you can’t stand a little fishiness? Overall, these unexpected snacks were a pleasant way to start off the meal, and gave off a positive impression, especially to us as first-time patrons of the restaurant.
We shortly received our order of Appetizer Sashimi ($9.95), which included two pieces each of tuna, wild salmon, ebi, and hokkigai. The fish itself was incredibly fresh and obviously of a high quality. If you’re used to the huge portions and low prices at Sushi Garden, this might seem a bit pricey, but here the focus is clearly on quality over quantity. Still, the slices of tuna and salmon were quite large. I liked that the sashimi was served alongside some cucumber slices, which we used to clear our palates.
I felt bloated from having spent the majority of my day sitting in a small car, so I decided on the Tuna Tataki Salad ($9), which consisted of baby spinach, slices of cucumber, cubes of tuna tataki, and some small pieces of pickled daikon, red pepper, and some other pickled veggies. The dressing was a mixture of vinaigrette and soy sauce. This was exactly what I wanted from my salad, as the veggies were fresh and crisp, and the tataki was perfectly seared and flavourful. I especially enjoyed all the tiny pieces of daikon, which added an extra crunch and refreshing acidity.
My brother, meanwhile, had the Tuna Don ($11.95). There were two kinds of tuna here: the regular slices of tuna sashimi, alongside tuna in some kind of spicy mixture with pickled veggies and julienned carrots. We were especially impressed with the chef’s attention to detail, exhibited in these small pieces of ginger dispersed throughout the rice, which added an element of freshness to the meal. However, I suppose this could be a turn-off for people who dislike the taste of ginger, though. The fish itself was fresh and tasty, without being too mushy, as tuna often is.
My dad had the Chicken Teriyaki Teishoku ($8.95), which included ebi sunomono, miso soup, and rice. The sunomono was tasty, while we found the miso soup a tad salty (which is nothing unusual). Although the food came in a small quantity, nothing was amiss. The chicken was moist, and the whole thing wasn’t doused in overly sweet or salty teriyaki sauce. The flavours were quite mild, which we appreciated. I liked how this version of chicken teriyaki tasted very clean and allowed the simple ingredients to shine.
My mom opted for the Yakisoba ($8.95), which comes with either chicken or veggies. It was a small portion size, but the chicken was once again nice and moist. This bordered on being bland, but my family happens to prefer bland food to oversauced dishes, so it was perfectly fine for us. The noodles were chewy and had good bite. Overall, we were pleased with this dish, although I personally prefer it when yakisoba is served on a sizzling hotplate.
Lastly, we also had an Appetizer Tempura ($5) to share. This consisted of two prawns, and two pieces of carrot, and one piece of zucchini. The tempura had clearly been freshly fried in clean oil. It arrived at our table quite hot, but the veggies were still naturally crisp underneath the light layer of batter. Along with the requisite dipping sauce, this was also served with some grated daikon. As far as tempura goes, this was excellent, satisfying our craving for deep-fried food while not leaving us feeling too disgusting for having consumed it.
Overall, we were pleased with our experience at Sushi K Kamizato, although it failed to eclipse Matoi Sushi as our all-time favourite spot. I would happily recommend this restaurant to anyone in the neighbourhood, and will definitely return to try their specialty rolls, which we weren’t in the mood to try during this visit.
Sushi K Kamizato
2105-2850 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam, BC