Makoto is a Japanese restaurant in the Burnaby South area on Royal Oak and Rumble. I don’t normally go close to this area, but M wanted a short dinner meeting with ScarFace, ChinaHat and AwkwardGirl.
They are one of the top Japanese restaurants in the Burnaby South area, so I wanted to see if it was as good as people say. They sell the usual Japanese dishes you would see at any other restaurant.
The interior is not too big but they can configure the tables so they can sit 10 people. If you are doing this, you probably want to call ahead of time.
They have sashimi, nigiri, rice, soup salads, donburi, noodles, agemono, teriyaki, rolls and other combos.
M ordered the Chicken Yakisoba ($8.50). Yakisoba is fried Japanese noodles and their version includes snap peas, eggs, carrots, and onions. Topped with pickled red ginger and dried seaweed.
ScarFace ordered the Beef Yakisoba ($8.50), which is exactly the same but with different meat. They came way way later than all our meals. Tasted really good, but took way too long to arrive at the table.
AwkwardGirl and I shared the Dinner Combo A ($25.95) It comes with tempura, california roll, salmon roll, nigiri and beef teriyaki. You also get 2 of sunomono, miso soup and rice.
The miso soup is just the regular you would find at other places, they don’t add much to it.
The Sunomono has plenty of shrimp, which I like! Otherwise, nothing else is different about this dish.
The Tempura, which is the appetizer size was really good. It has the usual vegetables and 2 ebi and had a good amount of batter and crispiness.
The salmon and the california rolls were pretty good and well put together.
The 4 pieces of nigiri – salmon, tuna, ebi and tamago. They were quite decent, but the pieces on top are not as large as other places such as Sushi Town.
The beef teriyaki was really really good! It was thinly sized and has a very delicious sauce. The downside is that it was pretty small. The green salad on the side had a nice light citrus sauce and it was also good.
Overall, the food was pretty good. We found that the service was a bit slow and it would have been better if some peoples dishes arrived closer together rather than 10 or even 15 minutes apart.
Words of Wisdom:
- Cash Only
- Slow and mediocre service
- Yakisoba is good!