4266 Hastings St, Burnaby BC V5C 2J6
I may have fixation issues, as I’m sure we all have at some point in our lives with certain things. Well food is clearly one of them for me and when I get in a groove, I go with it. And for people who know me well, they know I can’t help but label my interest in doing something repeatedly a ‘mile’. For example: that one time in France I decided to drink 10 bottles of wine in 4 days and called it my ‘Wine Mile’, a poorly guised excuse for my highly functioning alcoholism. Then there was that time I was in Vietnam and decided to eat as many banh mi’s as possible, also calling that a mile. Let’s not forget my ‘Tequila Mile’ in Mexico which left me almost comatose and swinging from a golf-cart while being driven back to my hotel room by the worried (but very lovely) resort staff.
So, in true ‘Annie’s Mile’ fashion, I rounded out this week’s sushi-trifecta with a take-out order from Tentatsu. Now let’s talk about what you’re really here for – the food.
Thursday night’s order consisted of a crispy spicy tuna roll (my all-time favourite), beef teriyaki, some unagi nigiri, and more tuna sashimi. And for $33 after taxes with a 10% take-out discount, I’d say that’s a pretty smoking deal. Tentatsu has always been great for their prices and portion sizes – with the original location in Vancouver being so popular, they opened a second one in Burnaby. I’m not going to lie… this is my regular sushi joint.
The tuna sashimi was really good – I actually prefer it over the more expensive and smaller portion from Green Leaf Café because it was even lighter in flavour (not as fishy tasting) and you really get your money’s worth. It wasn’t as fatty either, so slightly less buttery or creamy tasting. The 9 giant slices pack an intense amount of fat and protein.
The beef teriyaki consisted of thinly sliced pieces over a bed of mung bean sprouts, with the sauce and rice packed separately on the side. This was great because I was able to pour as much (or as little) as I wanted myself. The beef was lean and not grisly, I didn’t find many pockets of fat either. The sauce was pretty generic, kind of on the sugary and translucent side. I don’t think they make this in-house but I’m not particularly mad about it. Also, the portion you get for less than $11 is ridiculous.
Finally, the crispy spicy tuna roll – I don’t know what I can say about this other than that I love it. The crunchy tempura batter bits give the roll a great texture in contrast to the soft rice and minced tuna. The spice level is perfect – not burning your mouth but also not for the meek. All packed in 8 good-sized pieces. I’m a fan! The unagi nigiri, on the other hand, was a bit bland. According to my partner, who likes and has had his fair share of unagi, it was pretty mediocre in terms of freshness, quality and flavour. In his words, he’s had better.
And that folks, concludes this sushi edition of my ‘mile’. I think I’m a bit sushi-ed out and look forward to Friday’s take-out order for some variety. But then again, could that be the start of another mile?
- Tuna Sashima, 9 Pieces $12.95
- Sukiyaki Beef Teriyaki $10.95
- Crispy Spicy Tuna Roll, 8 Pieces $4.95
- Unagi Nigiri, 3 pieces $2.10/piece
Beats: Mile High – James Blake feat. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin