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Osaka Sushi in Deep Cove

Deep Cove Osaka Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - ZomatoA restaurant on the corner of Gallant Avenue and Burns Avenue, it’s a comfy Japanese restaurant with a patio on the side. Going through a curtain of black nets (I’m assuming to bring in fresh air, but to keep the bugs out), we were greeted by a nice staff – most of them seemed Korean.


I ordered the Negitoro roll $4.25 which came onto the same dish as Sheepie’s Sushi Combo $12.95. For a roll with 6 pieces and costing more than $4, the presentation was not good. Rice was not all the way to the end, and the pieces were all different heights. But taste wise, it was pretty good, especially after having a Negitoro from Jako the day before that tasted fishy, and I ended up spitting out the last piece because it was so disgusting.

idearabbit_osakasushi2I also had the Gyoza – 6 pieces of pan fried meat dumplings $5.95. This was a bit of disappointment. I don’t think it’s the worst I’ve had, but it was not the greatest either. For $6, the flavour was as if it was from a frozen bag of gyoza that you could get from T&T. I would not order this again. One good thing I did like about it was the addition of sprinkled green onions. No, they usually don’t come with them, but they added a slight bitter taste which I like. Presentation wise was good.

The Sushi Combo seemed quite filling. I had one of the pieces of Salmon Nigiri. The Salmon was lean and was really good. Thumbs up.

Service was really good. Hope to return the following week to bring the Sushi club with a large group.

idearabbit_osakasushi6 idearabbit_osakasushi7We returned the following week with a group for lunch. They had the bento specials, so I had bento Box A $11.95 with green salad, 8 pieces of California Roll, Pan Fried green Yakisoba with veggies and Chicken Teriyaki. The yakisoba (noodles) were something I had never had before. It does have a slightly slimy texture with the sauce, but the taste is good. Overall, the bento was fresh, visually appetizing and tasteful.

Service was a bit slow with the lunch rush but our server was friendly. People who ordered first got their dishes last, which was a bummer – and they waited quite a while. The staff at the cash register wasn’t friendly.

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Urban Sushi

Urban Grill & Urban Sushi on UrbanspoonI used to come for lunch all the time when I worked right next door. I really liked their Negitoro roll, but that was over 8 years ago.
I decided to gather my friends for lunch at Urban Sushi to see how it was now. It had been renovated and had a modern, clean look. They had integrated the other – Urban Grill restaurant together with Urban Sushi.

The tables and seating were a bit crammed, and with coats and bags especially during winter times, we didn’t have any place to put them. I kept my coat on, while another bunched it up on her lap.
Service was very friendly, and the menu was quite extensive for such a small restaurant.

idearabbit-urbansushi idearabbit-urbansushi2I, of course ordered the Negitoro Roll $2.95 and Pork Gyoza $5.25. The Negitoro had changed since 8 years ago. Before it used to be a ‘roll’, as in the rice was on the outside. Now it was a ‘maki’, with the rice wrapped inside the seaweed. I didn’t mind either one, though I find rolls are bigger. The big question was – how was the taste? The flavour was really good. I’m not sure what they add in that gives it a wonderful flavour. However, I was a bit disgusted that the rice and fish was warm…eek…

The gyoza was ok. Nothing fancy. The bento boxes that two of my friends ordered looked good, and the Beef Udon one other friend ordered looked ok – not authentic Japanese bowl, but she said it’s really good.

For a quick bite or take out, I wouldn’t mind returning again…though not sure about the Negitoro.

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Junsei River

Junsei River Japanese Restaurant on UrbanspoonA spacious and open restaurant on the very popular street of Robson. I know it’s a Japanese-cuisine restaurant, and we were all there for sushi, but I was craving for some pho.  Yes, an odd combination, and you wouldn’t normally know they have Vietnamese food unless you noticed some of the photos of Vietnamese dishes on the wall.

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idearabbit-junseiriver6I ordered the Beef Ball Pho $8.95. It was decent size, with good noodles, but I didn’t like the broth too much. The colour was darker, too salty, the ‘umami’ (flavour) was weak and overall not that good. However, my friend did take a sip of the broth and he seemed to like it.

If having pho at a supposedly Japanese restaurant wasn’t weird enough, we had Chinese plastic chopsticks…:P


The portion was good, but since I was still a bit hungry, I ordered Negitoro roll $2.95. The roll wasn’t done that well since the bottom of the pieces weren’t filled, but taste was satisfactory.

idearabbit-junseiriver9Two people ordered the square Green Matcha Ice cream $3.95. I had a small bite. It was not bitter, and not authentic – in fact, I can make better matcha ice cream with high quality matcha powder and vanilla ice cream. However, the creaminess was really good.

idearabbit-junseiriver5My friend ordered the Sushi Combo E $10.95 with Salmon Teriyaki, Tuna roll, Assorted Sashimi (5 pieces), salad, and fruit. He said the miso soup was weak…and rice wasn’t that great.

idearabbit-junseiriver7Sheepie ordered the Assorted Sushi $10.50 (seven kinds of nigiri sushi and a Tuna roll). It seemed ok, though being served on plastic plates make it seem cheap.

The menu is quite extensive, and as mentioned earlier, they do have a separate Vietnamese menu, though you would have to ask for that one specifically. They also have a lunch menu with some good deals, though I didn’t see many people from our 10-ish group members order them.The restaurant was kept fairly clean, though lacked character, but the service was alright.

Would we come back? Despite the great location, I am not sure if it is on my list for to-go sushi restaurants.

Return for Dinner

So I returned again to give it another shot. It was 6pm on a Thursday, but there was only 1 or 2 other tables other than us, with perhaps 2 take outs during our dinner. The seats of the booths we were sitting at was a bit stained. They no longer had photos to Vietnamese dishes, so I wonder if they got rid of the menu, or just the photos were take down from the wall.

With the restaurant being so slow and having 2 servers on the floor, you’d think you’d get better service. But my friend just got up to fetch more water. She also had a cup of tea, but neither of the servers ever came to fill it up. Also, my pet peeve with cold water in plastic cups at restaurants…lol…

We both ordered a bento box.

idearabbit-junseiriver21I had Box #2 $9.95 which had Chicken or Beef Yakisoba (I ordered chicken), 5 pieces of assorted tempura, 6 pieces of California roll, green salad and a fruit (a slice of apple in this case). The price is good, but the quality isn’t. The Calis tasted a bit off, so I was a bit worried for my sensitive tummy, but no disasters to speak of later on. The tempura weren’t overly fresh…The server forgot to bring us the miso soups until we were half way through our meal. Better late then never, and to be honest, I didn’t even realize that the bento boxes came with miso soup, so I didn’t take it as bad service…

idearabbit-junseiriver20My friend ordered Box #6 with Salmon Teriyaki, BBW Scallop & Bacon, Termpura roll (5 pieces), Gyoza (3 pieces) and a Green Salad with Fruit (slice of apple to be more precise)

I ended up getting and paying the wrong bill (my friend’s bill instead), though there wasn’t much of a big difference in the price. I’m not sure how they’ve survived for so long with such few customers. If they don’t turn up the level of quality and start getting more customers, I think they will go on my list of ‘Restaurant Closures’ soon…

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