9604 Cameron St, Burnaby BC V3J 1M2
I should eat my words from my last review of Sushi Gen because I assumed there were only a few places that serve aburi oshi. Turns out there are more popping up every day, literally. And I say this because there happens to be another sushi joint right next to Sushi Gen that does the same. So, I thought why not try both and to determine the neighbourhood favourite?
I only learned about Green Leaf from a fellow food blogger on Instagram and was surprised I had driven right by days ago to pick up their rival’s food. So uncharacteristically on a Wednesday (not Friday) evening we placed a take-out order and, 25 minutes later, made our way to familiar territory. Pulling into the parking lot, I felt like I was cheating on my new-found sushi joint from the weekend. But in the name of equal and open food reviewing, I knew I was doing the right thing: leave no sushi joint un-eaten at.
We got a regular roll, an oshi roll, and some sashimi to gauge their fresh fish quality. I noticed many of items were also Korean inspired and realized it was another fusion sushi restaurant… Just. Like. Sushi Gen. I felt like I was Reggie Bush breaking up with Kim Kardashian, only to marry someone who looks exactly like her! Apologies for the weird digression and extremely dated pop-culture reference.
Anywho, the albacore tuna sashimi was actually really fresh tasting and decent quality. Each bite was smooth with a light fatty taste to it – props to those fish omegas. For 9 pieces, it was priced slightly higher than Sushi Gen next door (by a buck) but quite higher than many other cheapy places like Sushi Garden or Tentatsu.
The salmon and avocado roll was huge and reminded me of a little bit of the giant portions form Samurai Sushi, but much better quality. They were tasty and had a great rice-to-filling ratio so I didn’t feel like I was getting rice-ripped-off. And this roll was very cheap for the amount you get.
When I saw this item on the menu the night before, I was obsessed: spicy tuna crispy rice oshi! I was excited to try a pressed form of fresh sushi and even more thrilled that it was with spicy tuna (my fave). And this did not disappoint. I loved the crispy rice that formed the base – it appeared to have been slightly cooked on a flattop with some oil. The tuna was minced, rolled into cute balls, and placed atop the rice. And finally, spicy aioli was dripped on these layers. Talk about #FOODPORN worthy. This was my highlight dish and I loved this cool take on oshi.
The woman working the cash register told us there was a 10% pick-up discount applied to our order when we were paying. And then when we got home and opened our bag, there was a cute hand-written note from them. I will say that if I am feigning aburi, I will be ordering from here again. As for the rivalry between these two neighbouring sushi joints – unlike Reggie, I’m not marrying either as I’m free to order from wherever I choose depending on how the sushi winds blow.
- Albacore Tuna Sashimi, 9 Pieces $15
- Salmon + Avo Roll $5
- Spicy Tuna Crispy Oshi $12
Beats: Selfish – Slum Village feat. Kanye West & John Legend