not just another sushi place

Eclectic and inventive are two words that best describes Kiku Sushi. With the myriad of sushi places sprouting up along Kingsway from Vancouver to Burnaby, it's easy to miss Kiku, hidden away at the RBC/London Drugs complex. What's good about trying out hole-in-the-wall kind of places is you don't really bring in too much expectations, and that's what I did for this one.

With lots of sashimi, sushi, temaki, bento, ramen and donburi, it was hard to pick just one from the menu; everything looked nice and colorful. I finally opted for something different just to try their unique concoctions, I picked the spicy baked salmon sashimi and the spicy smoked salmon roll. (yea i like them hot!).

The first piques my curiosity, how can a sashimi be baked? It turned out that it was fresh sashimi topped with horesradish and a bit of cheese then baked for a few seconds on high heat just enough to melt the cheese. The result is something reminiscent of the seared ahi tuna I tried earlier, except this one only had the top slightly cooked, and definitely tasted great. The spicy smoked salmon roll almost didn;t come, they forgot to prepare it but it finally arrived in festive colors of orange and green. I like the mix of smoked salmon with avocado but I always get a slight allergic reaction with avocado, my face turns red and my throat gets itchy within minutes from eating it, so I tend to just avoid it in general unless I have a celestamine with me.

My friends tried out the dumplings, avocado roll and the other rolls that I forgot the names of. The presentation was really nice, it would really make you pause for a minute before you start attacking it; the price is reasonable as well, with rolls starting from $2 to $6. There's still so many things to try from their menu, I would definitely come back for more.

N: 4.0/5.0 [-1 because they forgot my order but it was worth the wait, i still need to try more from their menu to make an informed verdict]

Kiku Sushi
4986 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 2E2
(604) 434-6020

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