Hi Genki: Dining In An Old Folks Home

Diana Chan July 30, 2011 Japanese, Kid Friendly, South Burnaby, Three Beakers

Located inside the Nikkei Home near Middlegate Mall on Kingsway is an assisted living home for seniors. Of all places, I would not have expected a Japanese restaurant would be inside here. Hi Genki is owned by Fujiya and operated within the Nikkei Home. They sell traditional Japanese food to the public as well as their senior residences.

M took ConsultingGirl and I here since he heard the food was really good.


Trying to figure out how to park your car is a bit confusing at first. Just drive into their underground parking lot, which has complementary parking. Follow the signs in the parkade and walk up the stairs till you see the front of the Nikkei Home. Then walk through the main entrance beside the receptionist to get to Hi Genki. It’s not too complicated, so you won’t get lost.

Their hours are a bit strange, so they are not always open all the time. Not exactly sure if “Sun-Sat” means the whole week or just Sunday and Saturday for lunch, so just call them to make sure.

They have a few special dishes that are layed out at the entrance. Don’t forget to grab a peak at all the dishes just in case something catches your eye. Plus, you will know what you are ordering before hand!


Their regular menu is in a booklet and their specials are on a hand written menu.

The Salmon Sashimi ($4.95) are the normal ones you would find at any sushi joint but was really nicely sliced. It’s not very large, but it is something light and refreshing.

Tonkatsu Donburi ($6.95) is deep fried breaded pork cutlet with egg. This was pretty large and had a lot of rice, you will get full. M really liked it.

Satsuma Curry ($8.95). has fish cake with curry sauce. The fish cake looked super cool and is embedded with carrots and other thin vegetables.

Deluxe Genki Box ($12.50) has salmon sashimi, assorted tempura, chicken teriyaki, rice and miso soup.

The salmon sashimi is the same as the one above. I really like sashimi because its very clean tasting compared to cooked salmon. The assorted tempura had the usual vegetables, but it was not the crispiest we have had. We found the chicken teriyaki to be a bit sweet for our liking. Plus, the size of the teriyaki was quite small and not as tender and moist as other places. Looked a bit burnt too.

The bento box was just ok, but nothing amazing.

Green Tea Ice Cream ($2.95) was yummy and it had a subtle green tea taste. This is probably the usual green tea ice cream of any other restaurant, I doubt they make it themselves.

The Mango Ice Cream ($2.95) was good as well, but it was more sweet than the green tea. I had a bit of both of the ice creams and after eating the mango, the green tea was over powered but the mango. The green tea was hard to taste.

M ordered the Ice Cream Cake ($2.95). It is basically not the “ice cream cake” you usually think of, but a roll cake with ice cream on top.

Overall, the food was good and quite affordable.  It was quite interesting dining in such an unusual location.

Words of Wisdom:

  • Salmon Sashimi is good!
  • Very Affordable
  • Free Underground Parking

We Rate Hi Genki: 


6680 Southoaks Cres
Burnaby, BC

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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. Eric July 31, 2011 at 11:35 am

    That’s a hole in the wall if I ever saw one. Good find.

  2. DesignGirl August 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    For sure it is!

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