Sushi K Kamizato is a Japanese restaurant located in Port Coquitlam in the Shaughnessy Station Complex. It’s not a place you would notice, because it is pretty small and it is tucked into the far corner of the complex.
I came here for lunch recently because I kept reading rave reviews about it on Foodology’s blog.
I ordered a sushi lunch combo that came with a salmon roll, a California roll, and a tuna roll.
The salmon roll was just a basic roll with salmon and cucumbers, but it was made with sockeye salmon. I always forget how much better fresh wild salmon is compared to the cheaper stuff.
The tuna roll was also simple and tasty like the salmon roll. Fresh ingredients really do made all the difference.
Another thing I liked about these rolls were their size. They were pretty small, which may sound like a bad thing, but this is how I imagine sushi is supposed to be made. There isn’t tons of rice everywhere and you can taste and appreciate all of the components of the roll.
The California roll was made with real crab and a perfectly ripe and creamy avocado. It was one of the better California rolls I’ve eaten over my lifetime. California rolls get a bad rep because they are so common and often poorly made, but this one is worth ordering.
The tuna tataki nigiri was impressive. The piece of tuna was large and it had a great, flavourful sauce on top.
The seared tuna toro (belly) nigiri was mind-blowing. This was one of the best things I’ve ever had at a Japanese restaurant.
The tuna belly was incredible tender and melted in your mouth. It costs a few cents more to get this seared, but it is definitely worth it because of the great flavour it adds.
I also liked how they drizzled a bit of tangy sauce on the nigiri, so it doesn’t require any extra flavour elements like soy or wasabi. This is a must order if you come here.
A complimentary tuna and salmon karaage was brought out to me. This was a great, crunchy, little snack and impressive for a free item.
I came back another time to get some take out while I was driving by. I ordered a salmon and a negitoro roll and both were fresh and tasty. Sometimes I don’t like the texture of negitoro rolls, but this one was great and it had a mild green onion flavour.
I also got a torched yam roll with garlic sauce. The yam roll on its own would have been pretty good, but the torched garlic sauce made it special. It added a nice texture to the roll and a strong smoky garlic flavour.
I’ve fallen in love with Sushi K Kamizato and it is currently my go to spot for sushi. Don’t let it’s location in suburban Poco fool you, this sushi is better than most casual places in Vancouver. Their food is innovative and I can’t say enough good things about it. The owners are also very friendly and helpful.
Yes, for some of the best sushi in Metro Vancouver.