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There I was. No, I wasn't in a parking lot fighting for a space on #3 Road in Richmond (although that would be quite the pickle..). Rather, I was given the task of organizing lunch with the following criteria: gluten-free but not vegetarian, kid-friendly, not expensive, not Asian and within Vancouver. Argh... Seriously? OK, I'd rather be fighting for that parking spot with nothing but my fragile body... Apparently, they do that in Richmond, too... Anyways, I was able to remove the "non-Asian" stipulation out of the equation when Herbie the Lovebug relented in his demands. So I ended up suggesting Aki, yet they were not open for lunch on Sundays (pretty common for authentic Japanese restaurants). Hence, I resorted to a Korean-run Japanese restaurant out on Nanaimo simply named Sushi Nanaimo. Now, don't let the generic name fool you, the place is very popular with the locals as it does its best "Sushi Garden" impersonation.

Luckily we arrived before noon as the place was quickly hopping with a lineup out the door. Taking advantage that Nikita, Bluebeard, Lana Banana, and Herbie the Lovebug were all hungry, I went ahead and ordered too much food. Like that would be a surprise... To make things simple, I got theTray C consisting of Nigiri (three pieces each of Salmon, Tuna, Ebi, Hokkigai, and Chopped Scallop) and Maki Sushi (Dynamite, Red Roll, Chopped Scallop, Mangodise, and California). For $35.95, this was a lot of food which was actually decently prepared. As you can see, they didn't merely hack up a bunch of seafood and slap it randomly on rice. There was a certain neatness and order to the presentation. The sushi rice was a touch dry, but acceptable with a hint of vinegar. As for the rolls, everything was pretty typical with the red roll having a considerable sesame oil hit. Next up was an order of Wild Salmon Sashimi. Although cut a bit strange in my opinion, the fish itself had a nice sheen and was naturally sweet. I liked the buttery smooth texture with a nice bite.

So far so good, until we had the Tokatsu-Don... At first glance, there didn't seemed to be anything wrong with the dish. Look at it. It was large portion with a big tonkatsu on top caressed by egg. Yes, the pork cutlet was fried nicely and it was sufficiently tender. Furthermore, the egg was both plentiful and fluffy. And, there was enough sauce to properly flavor the rice. So what's wrong you might ask... Well, if the rice underneath was supposed to be waterlogged and soggy, then it would've been a solid Don. But since that is not how one makes a tonkatsu-don, it was a fail. Seeing how the Yakisobi was the daily special at $6.95, we got one of those too (with chicken). Unlike everything else so far, this was a more modest portion served on a sizzling hot plate. The noodles were al dente and properly sauced while the chicken was plentiful and moist. However, the whole dish was quite greasy.

As evidenced in the pictures, the portion sizes were very generous and it got even more generous with the King Chicken Katsu. At $7.50, we weren't expecting much, however, the darn thing was massive and took up more space on the table than J-Lo's derrière. Compared to the one I got at Gawa Sushi, this was easily 2.5 times bigger. What made it even better was the fact it was fried beautifully. The cutlet was crunchy, yet juicy inside (despite being rather thin). Although it looked like an aftermath of a Peter North flick, there was just the right amount of sauce and mayo. Lastly, we had one each of the and Prawn Tempura. They were served hot and crispy. The prawns were pretty big and even though the batter was a touch heavy, it was still light. Despite some pretty big eaters at the table, we struggled to finish the food (and we didn't). We all agreed Sushi Nanaimo is a fabulous value considering that the food is above-average. Yes, we realize it is not an authentic Japanese restaurant, but we really didn't care either. We weren't looking for authenticity anyways. What we got was decent eats, big portions at low prices.

The Good:
- Cheap
- Large portions
- Decent food

The Bad:
- Service seemed a bit confused
- Gets busy and the place ain't that big either


Sushi Nanaimo: Popular, Decent, and Cheap - Recipes

This is by far the best sushi place in Sheffield! I love the posh looking revolving bar and it feels so fancy eating in here. The fresh sushi is absolutely delicious and reasonably priced. Service was extra special, I haven't tried the other dishes but I would expect them to be.

I love this little restaurant. it is run by a family who are always friendly and attentive to us when we go there. They will bend over backwards to make sure that you are happy and satisfied with the food. Great place to go to!

My husband and I took our kids there and we loved it. They have an iPad menu which we love, and the staff were great with the kids. Sushi was delicious and plated neatly. Choices were great. Lunch buffet was a little pricy but worth it.

This has got to be one of Nanaimo's best kept secrets. Now, I love me some sushi, but I extra love me a bargain. Nana Sushi gives you both. For $12-$15 you get a bento box and miso soup. The bento box comes with 5 items, including the AMAZING house special salad. I don't know.

My family and I love Machi Sushi! Super friendly staff, great service and the wait time is very reasonable. Their menu is terrific with lots of different options. Something for everyone. Delicious and fresh. We like to place our order for take out, sit and drink tea at the.

Amazing, high quality sushi Prix fixe lunch offers innovative options Vegetarian menu is available One of the best sushi I've tried (speaking like a sushi enthusiast) The only drawback - service can be slow, with only one server for this small location

Although the sushi here is fairly good and the lunch menu is super affordable, the service is not up to par! Like all you can eat restaurants, this one provides a similar experience. Not the most polite staff! The rolls are fairly good and the specials are very well priced! The.

One of my favourite take-out sushi restaurants. Convenient location, bright, and so inviting. The staff are always so friendly and helpful with recommendations. A fabulous selection of pre-made sushi to choose from, if you can't wait for it to be made fresh. Really yummy spicy.

Les meilleurs sushis que j'ai goûter de ma vie!! C'est littéralement du bonheur en bouchée ! Je vous en parle présentement et j'ai juste envie d'aller en chercher ! Le personnel est hyper sympathique , ils prennent le temps de vous expliquer le menu , la.

This is a little sushi restaurant located in Port Coquitlam and they must great sushi at an affordable price. I also love that they deliver! However, the reason I was sparked to write a review is because of the exceptional service my husband and I received during a recent take.

So you know when you find that Sushi place that just gets you? This is the one. It's not as cheap as Kinjo, but it is nowhere near the top of the line. The service is always amazing. You go in and they have tea and menus in front of you in no time. And they always make the.

This is a fantastic Gourmet Japanese restaurant. The items are made fresh to order, in some larger locations you can sit at the front counter to eat and watch as rolls are being made. The decor is tastefully done, with a mix of chick Japanese culture to modern mood lighting. The.

Absolutely the best sushi in the city. Quality and quality for the price is top notch. Highly recommended. My favorite is the Spicy Salmon sushi. Also they have wonderful calamari strips and to die for coconut shrimp. You can even order from the dinner menu all day just.

One of my favourite sushi restaurants. Delicious food. The signature rolls are delicious and fresh. The Strawberry Crunch Roll is my favourite. Friendly service, and pretty convenient location.

A very yummy sushi place. Love the Monkey Brain -- so delicious. A fabulous assortment of sushi rolls. Very friendly customer service. Very good sunomono and specialty rolls.

JT sushi is literally one of the most AMAZING sushi restaurants out there. Absolute INCREDIBLE service, INCREDIBLE food, and best of all, it's ONLY 14$ for all you can eat including dessert!! I go hear once a week sometimes even more!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. best menu variety and.

So this place the food is yummy. It's fresh, and for the length of time it takes to get, I would hope so. Someone to greet you, and they sit you down and you wait (take out). However, they don't offer you a beverage while you wait which most places do. And you wait. And.

This is my go to sushi place! It might be a longer drive to get to but it has everything I need for all you can eat. I love that they offer sashimi during lunch!

Exceptional new sushi restaurant in North Central Burnaby. The portions are huge and the prices are small. The "sit in" dining experience could use some work, only because it's a small restaurant.

I have nothing bad to say about the food but the service is completely terrible. I've gone to heart sushi 4 times and the service just worse and worse. Any other sushi joint has better service than heart sushi Mississauga heartland location.


1. Location

Rachael Marks

Unfortunately, your sushi may be pricier just because of where you live. It's important to note that there is no set sushi price and costs fluctuate all throughout the country. The Sushinomics Index indicates that 2017's steepest price hikes were in Florida, Silicon Valley, and Washington DC, while New York holds the crown for most expensive basic sushi roll (consisting of 6 pieces) at an average of $8.72. Yikes.


Contains: tempura soft-shell crab, avocado, cucumber, and spicy mayo

If the California roll had a hotter older brother, it would be the spider roll. The tempura crab and spicy kick makes this little gem the best classic sushi roll. I could literally eat two-dozen spider rolls in one sitting. In fact, I have before. No judgement, please.

Obviously, there is no perfect ranking of the best classic sushi rolls. Some people love a plain ol' cucumber roll other people hate California rolls (@those people, we can never be friends). You could even ditch the rolls altogether and opt for an epic sushi donut or burrito. The point is that there really is no right answer. Except for the fact that cream cheese should never be used in sushi that's something I'm willing to fight about.


Sushi Fillings – 16 Great Ideas

If you are making your own sushi, then you are free to use whatever fillings you desire and to experiment with ideas until you come up with something that suits your palate.

However, some of the most common sushi fillings include:

Avocado is frequently used in traditional sushi recipes and has great nutritional properties being shown to help prevent breast, oral and prostate cancer help improve eyesight and prevent strokes.

It is a good source of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat which helps to lower cholesterol and potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure.

It is also a great source of Vitamin E.

Big-eye Tuna

Big-eye tuna is one of the largest in the family, growing up to 6 and a half feet in length. It has a slightly milder taste than Blue-fin tuna.

Blue-fin Tuna

Blue-fin tuna is the largest in the tuna family, growing up to 10 feet long. There are three common cuts:

  • Akami – Pure red meat found near the back and to the top of the fish
  • Chu-toro – Marbled, milky-pink coloured meat with a high fat content and rich, buttery taste
  • O-toro – Very pale pink in colour, O-torro comes from the fattiest part of the fish’s belly

Crab meat is often used in sushi rolls and is a great source of Omega-3. It is also said to be good for those suffering with diabetes due to its high levels of Chronium which helps insulin to metabolize sugar.

It also has good levels of Selenium which is said to be instrumental in cancer prevention and helps to increase the body’s level of good cholesterol.

One of the most popular vegetables used in sushi, carrots have been shown to lower the risk of breast, lung and colon cancer prevent heart disease and reduce the risk of stroke.

It is a good source of vitamin A which has been proven to improve eyesight and has been established to nourish skin, prevent the signs of ageing and improve dental health.

Cucumber is popular due to it’s incredibly low calorie content (approximately 15kcals per 100g) and has also been shown to protect against colon cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

It is a good source of potassium, B and A-carotene, and vitamins C and A which can help to delay the ageing process and helps to fight disease.

Daikon Radish

Daikon or white radish is a large, mild-tasting East-Asian radish which has a low GI content and has been shown to lower cholesterol, aid liver function and digestion and help to prevent cancer.

Often used in sushi recipes, Eel is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E and is renowned for its rehydration properties.

It is also a good source of high quality protein and unsaturated fatty acids.

Ginger Root

Ginger is a natural anti-septic and has a very distinctive taste. It is instrumental in aiding digestion and can help boosts the body’s immunity and help fight cold and flu.

Hamachi (Japanese Yellowtail)

Japanese Yellowtail is a young fish with a buttery texture and bold, tangy flavour.

This pink fleshed fish is used frequently in both traditional and new wave sushi recipes. Salmon is great for heart health, helps promote low blood-pressure, prevents muscular degeneration and improves memory and nerve impulses.

It also helps improve the appearance of eyes, hair and skin.

Shiso Leaves

Shiso is a herb which is part of the mint family and has been renowned to improve the appearance of skin and its antioxidant, anti-inflamatory and anti-allergenic properties.

Squid/Octopus

Both squid and octopus are well-liked choices for sushi fillings and have a remarkable number of health benefits including lowering the risk of heart disease decreasing inflammation and helping fight against arthritis improving skin, muscles, hair and nails and stabilize blood sugar levels.

Tai (Red Snapper)

Red Snapper is a white fleshed fish with a mild, delicate taste and good texture.

Tofu is an extremely nutritious food stuff often used as an alternative to fish. Tofu has been shown to lower cholesterol and is rich in B vitamins and calcium.

It is also rich in isoflavens which help to reduce the risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer and prostate cancer.

Umeboshi or plum paste is reputedly great for relieving hangovers, detoxifying the body, aiding digestion and providing energy.


Black Russian

Easy and delicious, the black Russian is one of the best drinks for a tight budget. Be sure to check your liquor store for coffee liqueurs that are cheaper than Kahlua.

With a few extras at hand, you can make any number of vodka drinks. Add cream and you have a white Russian, or use Irish cream for a mudslide. Top it with club soda for a Smith and Wesson, or cola for a Colorado bulldog. Whiskey makes it a sneaky Pete, while tequila's a great option for a dirty bird.


The 5 Most Delicious Sriracha-Based Sauces

After much trial and error and delicious experimenting, I’ve come up with my five favorite sauces with sriracha as the base:

1: Sriracha and Mayonnaise

  • Heat level: 1/5
  • How to use it:
    • Drizzled on sushi rolls
    • As a dressing for this California roll salad
    • As a sauce on burgers or sandwiches
    • As a topping on black bean burgers
    • On a lobster roll or shrimp roll
    • Spread on grilled sweet corn

    2: Sriracha and Ranch Dressing (or Sri-rancha)

    • Heat level: 1/5
    • How to use it:
      • On French fries
      • As a sauce on burgers or sandwiches
      • As a chip dip

      3: Sriracha and Honey Butter

      • Heat level: 2/5
      • How to use it:
        • On toasted bread
        • On cornbread (and served with chili)
        • As a glaze for chicken or grilled vegetables
        • As a glaze for spiced nuts

        4: Sriracha and Honey

        • Heat level: 3/5 (It starts out sweet, then the heat hits you!)
        • How to use it:
          • As the best wing sauce ever
          • On ribs, on grilled chicken
          • On chicken tenders
          • On shrimp

          5: Sriracha and Ketchup

          • Heat level: 4/5
          • How to use it:
            • On French fries
            • On sweet potato fries
            • On hash browns
            • As a hot dog or brat topping

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            7 Sushi Recipes Because It's So Much Cheaper to Make Rolls at Home

            Sushi is one of those meals that always ends up costing more than you want it to. Grab a few rolls and a seaweed salad, and you&rsquore looking at a $30 bill, minimum. And you&rsquore kind of hungry again two hours later. Not ideal. Luckily, making sushi at home is way cheaper, and doubles as a fun date-night/girls&rsquo-night/bored-on-a-Wednesday-night activity.

            You can get a bamboo mat on Amazon for just a few bucks or use nori sheets and roll carefully with your hands. Try one of these sushi roll recipes, add a homemade salad or some edamame, and you&rsquore good to go.

            1. Avocado Mango Brown Rice Sushi

            The key to a quick sushi dinner is to have the rice already made. Lay out a nori sheet and some leftover brown rice on a bamboo mat top with avocado, cucumber, and mango slices. Carefully roll it up and slice.

            2. Cauliflower Rice and Quinoa Sushi

            If you&rsquore looking for a version that&rsquos lighter on starches, this recipe uses a mix of quinoa and cauliflower rice instead of white rice. Layer in cabbage, red peppers, carrot, and cucumber to make it super colorful, and add avocado for some healthy fats.

            3. Homemade Philadelphia Roll

            The best part about making this roll at home is controlling the fish-to-cream-cheese ratio. (Note to restaurants: A little schmear goes a long way.) Slice salmon, then layer slices of cream cheese and avocado. You can roll it up using a bamboo mat and serve with soy sauce.

            4. Sweet Potato Sushi With Miso Glaze

            Turn leftover baked sweet potatoes into a whole new meal with this SP sushi. The miso glaze is made with sesame oil, maple syrup, miso paste, and rice vinegar, and makes the roll so much more flavorful.

            5. Easy Spicy Tuna Roll

            This roll is actually made with canned tuna, so consider it the perfect roll for wary kids or anyone who&rsquos not so into the idea of raw fish. The spice comes from Sriracha and chili oil, but if you want to kill two birds with one stone, try Sriracha mayo.

            6. Cucumber and Avocado Nori Roll

            Cucumber, sprouts, tofu or fish, and avo are all you need for a crunchy, fresh roll. Jazz it up with optional add-ins such as mango, radishes, or cashew cheese.

            7. Crunchy Avocado Hand Roll

            If you&rsquore feeling extra adventurous, try these hand rolls. It&rsquos a little harder to get the cone shape, but then your dinner is shaped like an ice cream cone and it&rsquos so. worth. it. The lightened-up crunch is made from brown-rice cereal, but you can also use shredded coconut or panko.


            Running Out Of Yen: Eating On The Cheap In Japan

            If you're running out of month before you run out of paycheck, here's 5 ways to get a decent meal without breaking the bank.

            By Liam Carrigan Feb 16, 2015 4 min read

            As many English teachers will tell you, the declining yen and prevailing economic stagnation in Japan these days are a pretty potent combination that can wreak havoc on your social life and finances. For many teachers new to Japan, who haven’t had time to build up a decent bank balance, those last few days before payday can be a real grind. So here are my top 5 places to eat on the cheap as you await that eventual, life-saving pay check.

            1. Supermarkets: Believe it or not, supermarkets can actually produce some amazing bargains when you are looking for some fast food. The best time to go is of course in the evening after 8pm or so. This is particularly useful for Eikaiwa teachers who may not even get off work until 9 or 10pm.

            At this time supermarkets are keen to get rid of all the sushi packs and bentos (lunchboxes) that will spoil overnight. It is not unusual to find some items discounting 50% or sometimes even as high as 70 or 80% off the regular marked price. Sushi, tempura (fried, battered fish and vegetables) and katsu (deep fried pork, beef or chicken cutlets) are especially popular at this time. Just make sure you eat it that same night, as these things will most likely spoil if left overnight.

            2. Gyudon Restaurants: Yoshinoya, Matsuya, Sukiya. Most Japanese consider these restaurant chains, often with 24 hour openings, the salaryman’s best friend. A good hearty beef bowl (rice topped with shredded beef and onions) won’t set you back much more than about 500

            700 yen, and will certainly fill you up until the next mealtime.

            If beef isn’t your thing then these places also have a variety of other cheap and cheerful, though certainly calorific, foods on offer. The hamburger curry from Sukiya is a personal favourite of mine, as is the yakiniku set from Matsuya. Yoshinoya also does a very nice nabe (hotpot) set at this time of year.

            3. Street stalls: While they may be more abundant in big cities like Osaka and Tokyo, even the lesser cities in Japan have their fair share of stalls and portable food wagons, usually stationed around train stations and other transport hubs. The fare on offer here is never expensive, and it can be a rare opportunity for the uninitiated foreigner to sample local delicacies.

            Of course Osaka has its famous Takoyaki (squid balls) and Okonomiyaki, which is somewhere between an omelette and a pancake, but other lesser known treats can also be found, like Satsumaimo (Baked sweet potato) and my personal favourite taiyaki. Taiyaki is a small, sweet food in the shape of a fish. Its soft, chewy texture is somewhere between mochi and shortcrust pastry. Inside you can enjoy one of a variety of fillings. Most stalls offer a choice of chocolate, custard or anko (sweet red bean paste).

            If you like sweets, then I highly recommend you sample taiyaki at the earliest opportunity.

            4. Get creative and cook it yourself: If you do a bit of research, you will find that there are local fruit, vegetable and meat markets that sell fresh produce at bargain prices. In Osaka I especially recommend the Kuramon market for fruit and vegetables.

            Some of these items will look exotic, perhaps even scary to newcomers. However, if you’re anything like me, you will really enjoy the experimentation that comes with cooking with new flavours and textures. It’s good for the soul, good for your health, and most importantly for this scenario, good for your bankbook.

            5. Convenience Stores: My last suggestion may shock a few people, given that certain items can be notoriously more expensive in the konbini than they are in conventional supermarkets. However, as is also the case with supermarkets, to the eagle-eyed observer, there are always bargains to be had.

            In particular, if payday is still a week away and you’re down to you last 10,000 yen, then why not check out the 100 yen corner in certain konbini stores. The Lawson chain even has the “Lawson 100” stores. These are entire convenience stores that specialize in products of 100 yen or less. With a bit of creativity, you get in a week’s worth of dinners for not much more than 1000 yen.

            So there you have it: A survivor’s guide for scrimping and saving until payday, without missing out on a good dinner. Here’s hoping you’ll never have to use it.


            There are some vegetables that show up in sushi more than others and cucumbers are one of them.

            They are clean, crisp, and refreshing and do a lot to help balance out flavors and to give interesting texture to any kind of sushi.

            But cucumbers come in all different kinds of variations. and some are better to use in sushi than others.

            Some don't have to have the skin peeled before being used because the skin can be bitter, while others don't. Some have to deseeded, while others don't. And still some just plain taste better than others.  

            And it's always good to salt scrub your cucumbers before use. If you don't know what that is, or why you'd want to do it, then v isit our cucumber page to learn more.


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