Since I go to Bubble Word often at Night, I always pass by Kura and it is always closed. Their ornate Japanese doors have always made me curious about this place. This curiosity made me look up every single Urbanspoon review about Kura – Chow Times, Parker Pages, The Friday Lunch, and Deeeelish.
This place seemed legit and has a long history. They have this location in Burnaby for about 14 years and another one in Japan for 25 years. They even have specials to celebrate their long legacies with both locations.
M and I decided to head over here after class for a night afternoon lunch.
The interior had very high ceilings and tables that are sectioned off with high walls. You and your friends really reel like you have lots of privacy. They also have a bar were you can sit and watch the chefs prepare your dishes.
They really emphasize their dedication to fresh daily sashimi by having a Chef feature on all their special sashimi for the day. Certain types of sashimi sell really fast.
At first glace of this picture, is this kimchi?
This is certainly not! This is Spicy Tuna Sashimi ($6.95). No kimchi ever made its way to this dish, even though it does look like kimchi.
You get a lot of sashimi for the price. The special Kura spicy sauce they have in this dish is sesame oil and hot sauce I think. It was really well made and we would get this again.
The next dish we ordered was a Small Beef Sashimi ($5.95). It came with ponzu sauce, green onions and radish. The biggest problem we had with this dish was that it was still frozen. They didn’t give it enough time to defrost, so the first piece we had were crunchy and icy.
We did wait till we finished the rest of our dishes to finish off this dish. Once the beef fully defrosted, it was really good.
M didn’t have a big stomach for the day, so he ordered Unagi ($7.95). You get 2 slabs of unagi. It came in a nice sweet glaze to flavour the eel.
M and I are still on the search for the best Ebi Mayo, so we always have to order it at a Japanese Restaurant. Kura’s Ebi Mayo ($7.95), was nicely prepared and perfectly butterflied to remove the “vein” and it made enough surface area for the mayo to adhere to the ebi.
Nothing was wrong with this dish, but Toratatsu’s Ebi Mayo is still superior.
I generally like to try a bit of everything, so I ordered the Combo D ($8.95).
This combo included:
- Assorted sushi
The assorted sushi was quite average. I really did not like how the california roll had so much rice surrounding the ingredients.
The salad had citrus sauce on top of the salad which gave it a really nice bite to the salad. I find that most japanese people like to either add ponzu sauce or citrus sauce over salad.
The tempura that came with the combo was very crisp on the outside and still remained quite firm when dipped in the tempura sauce. The vegetables are sweet potato, yam and zucchini. You get a prawn too.
The last part of the Combo D was the udon. I’m not a fan of udon, but the udon was quite normal and nothing was bad about it.
Words of Wisdom:
- Meter parking on street or free parking near residential area close to Waves.
- Large assortment of sashimi
- Large menu (really! The menu was like a book)
- Great prices, most items under $10
We rate Kura Japanese Restaurant: