Sushi California is a Japanese restaurant located on North Road across the street from Lougheed Mall. This is a popular sushi restaurant for SFU students because it is a short drive away and the prices are pretty cheap. Continuing our habit of eating sushi before class, my friend Melissa and I came here for an early dinner. There were a few people there while we were eating, but it can get very busy around lunch time.
Something that caught my eye was the spicy yaki udon ($7.95), since most restaurants just offer a more plain style I wanted to try it.
The udon noodles were fried up with pieces of beef, cabbage, green onions, and nori all in a spicy sauce. The spicy sauce packed a bit of heat to it and I enjoyed its flavour. The large pieces of cabbage added some crunchy texture and the beef was meaty and tender.
The salmon sashimi ($8.95) was a pretty big portion for the price. The chunks were huge and fresh. The texture of the fish was slightly softer than I prefer. This wasn’t the best sashimi I’ve had, but it was decent and had great value.
Bill’s Roll ($3.95)(bottom roll) was made with smoked salmon, yam tempura, cucumber, and lettuce. This filling inside tasted fine, however, there was too much of it and it was one of those awkwardly large sushi rolls that you can’t eat in one bite, but they fall apart if you try to take two bites. I would not get this roll again
The double spicy tuna roll ($3.95) (top roll) had a large chunk of tuna inside of the roll with a spicy tuna mixture and tempura bits on top. I liked how it had the two types of tuna because you got the meatier texture from the piece inside and the flavour from the spicy mixture on top. The tempura bits added a nice little crunch, but they were messy.
The last item we got was the
deep-fried California roll. The batter was a perfect light, crisp, texture. The sauce drizzled over the roll tasted like a katsu sauce, which I felt was a bit too strong for the roll. I enjoy deep-fried California rolls, but this one wasn’t my favourite.
The food from Sushi California was nothing outstanding, but it satisfied a sushi craving. The rolls are a bit chunky and messy, but they are cheap and filling.
One thing to note is that the parking lot is ridiculously small and you may not be able to find a spot.
Yes, for cheap, but fresh sushi.