9626 Cameron St, Burnaby BC V3J 1M2
Yet another Friday night!
Last week, I placed what you would classify as the ‘booty-call’ equivalent of a take-out order. It was 11:30pm on a Sunday night and I needed food. I didn’t really care much about quality and had no intention of documenting it for my food review. I scoped out my neighborhood options and decided on sushi. We ordered and drove the 10 minutes in our PJs to pick up two sushi rolls from Sushi Gen. Having prejudged them for their strangely late hours, I assumed it would be crappy (or at best mediocre) sushi but I was delightfully mistaken.
Fast forward to this past Friday: since Sushi Gen proved their merit, they made the roster for the coveted Friday evening take-out spot. We reviewed the paper menu from the last order and made our choices: sushi of course, some protein in the form of popcorn chicken and my sad excuse for a salad aka veggie sunomono. This second pick-up was a bit more civilized, dressed in regular clothes during the early dinner hours, we grabbed our food and headed home to start our Netflix ritual.
Sushi Gen has Spicy Popcorn Chicken in their appetizer section, with a nod to ‘Korean-Style’ so being the huge fan of KFC (Korean Fried Chicken, not Colonel Sanders) I had to give this a try. The sauce was actually quite spicy, and definitely reminiscent of the Korean flavours I had in Seoul. The chicken was more like fingers than popcorn kernel, but I didn’t mind that. Overall, it was a tasty and saucy play on popcorn chicken. I burned my mouth but would order this again.
To cool things down, I had some slurps of their sunomono salad which was a very generous portion and heavy on the veggies. I love the tangy kick of a vinegar broth – this one was not short of that. The veggie profile comprised of a cherry tomato, actual salad leaves, carrot, cucumber, and a lemon wedge.
The spicy tuna roll (aka my go-to maki choice) from last week’s ‘booty call’ order was so inexpensive and tasty, we wanted an encore. The spicy sauce was creamy and rich – not just a squirt of plain sriracha. The sushi had a good amount of tuna-filling, the rice was soft but not mushy. For $6, it’s hard to go wrong with this roll.
And finally, the Aburi Oshi – this actually shocked me because not many sushi places offer the aburi-style option. Don’t worry, I won’t leave you hanging on what that is: rectangular, pressed (oshi) and torched (aburi) sushi made up of a layer of rice and then seafood/fish on top. Miku and Minami are most notable for this expensive sushi trend. Sushi Gen’s price-tag for an order of assorted Aburi Oshi was comparable and quite steep for what you get. The 7-piece selection was tasty and had some good flavors. The orange sauce had a strong roasted garlic component to it, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Would I pay $18 for another order? Probably not, unless I was celebrating something at Miku rather than eating take-out in my room watching Netflix.
I would, however, order from Sushi Gen again. I feel like I’ve discovered a secret sushi joint that serves good rolls for a decent price, aside from the Aburi. It just goes to show – one should never be ashamed of a late-night booty call, and one should never judge the underdog.
- Spicy Popcorn Chicken (Korean-Style) $9
- Sunomono, Veggie $3
- Spicy Tuna Roll $6
- Assorted Aburi Oshi, 8 Pieces (BBQ Eel, Salmon, Tuna, Hotate) $18
Bills: $$($) – if you order the Aburi
Beats: Are You That Somebody – Aaliyah