Nao Sushi: Disappointing Food and Service

Diana Chan August 11, 2011 Japanese, Seafood, South Burnaby, Two Beakers

It was another sushi adventure with M and Fabo. After our final exam, we wanted some sushi in the Metrotown area and found Nao Sushi. People in the area rave about this place and their good food, so I wanted to see if it is really as good as people say. They sell similar items to other restaurants like Sushi Town, Sushi California and Sushi Garden.

At first glance this place looked really large and all the seats were filled so it must be a popular place.

Indeed, the inside was full of people. It took the servers a while to get us a seat, even though there was an empty table right in front of us. Throughout the night, the service was not that great and our tea cups grew empty.

Sashimi salad ($7.95) has mixed greens, salmon, seared tuna, ebi, and tako with citrus sauce and crispy wonton crisps on top.  The top half of the salad was good, but the rest of it was very soggy at the bottom. There was a lot of liquid and it probably came from the excess water from washing the vegetables.

A plus is that there is a good amount of sashimi with this salad.

Gyoza ($3.50) comes with 5 pieces and was very plain. It seems like this was just pre-frozen and just boiled in water. It’s really not worth what you pay and you can get the same quality by buying the frozen gyozas from T&T.

Veggie tempura ($4.20) was disappointing. It wasn’t cooked well enough so some of the vegetables were very tough to eat… especially for the carrots and yams.

Salmon Sashimi ($9.80) has 7 pieces and was uniformly cut. Nothing wrong with this. The salmon sashimi was slightly more expensive than usual places.

Chopped Scallop Roll ($4.25) was alright, nothing too special at all.

Spicy Tuna Roll ($3.25) was a big disappointment, it has a bit of cucumber and tuna, but it lacked the spicy flavour that makes it a spicy tuna roll.

Sound Trap Roll ($8.50) was delicious. M really liked the sesame on top of the roll and it gives it a nice texture. The inside was deep fried eel and cream cheese, since he is a fan of cream cheese, he loved it. I had a few of them and it was really good!

The prices of some items were reasonable. For the dinner time, the bento boxes seemed very very expensive. I wasn’t too impressed by Nao Sushi and we all didn’t have a good impression either.

Words of Wisdom:

  • Free parking on adjacent streets
  • Well priced
  • Some items poorly executed
  • Slow mediocre service
  • Good Sashimi
We Rate Nao Sushi: 


7060 Kingsway
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. Stevie August 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Unfortunately, this is a case of you ordered the wrong items. If you like to order rolls, this is NOT the place for you to go. However, if you prefer some more traditional Japanese fare (including sushi rather than rolls), then this might be one of the best spots. Example of dishes you should have order (sushi aside) includes kamameshi and their chirashi. So, my suggestion would be for you to try again – just make sure you skip the rolls.

    • DesignGirl August 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      Darn! I hate when I order the wrong items. Thanks for the tips, I’ll definitely consider ordering those items when I revisit in the future.

  2. Flora August 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Isn’t it ironic that their service is slow given they’re called NAO sushi? You should have told the waiter “I want my sushi NAO!”

    • DesignGirl August 12, 2011 at 11:18 am

      hahaha totally didn’t think about it till nao!

  3. Ivy August 19, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I second kamameshi. Nao Sushi is the only place in Vancouver that offers Kamameshi ( but I could be mistaken.

    They have a good variety of different types of sashimi as well.

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