Apologies for another cellphone pictures collection… but I wanted to share a dining experience at this uniquely situated restaurant in Burnaby.
Sushi Oyama is literally a large house. With wide spacious balconies that surround a good half of the second floor where the main entrance is located, it seems like it could house an entirely different kind of business entirely – an interior design shop comes to mind. Parking was found along the street nearby or the parking lot of the neighbouring strip mall.
Our meal began with an order of the agedashi tofu ($3.90). Sorry the image above was taken after a few cubes were consumed. A very thin, light crust surrounded each bite-sized piece which was nice, but the accompanying broth was weak for my taste.
House specials or items named after the house, I must admit I have a weakness for. Perhaps due to my expectation that anything you put your “name” on, should be excellent and well done. The Oyama roll ($9.90) provided an interesting mix of textures with the exterior toppings – tobiko (an oddly greenish variety) and black sesame seeds, and ikura on all.
Yam tempura ($6.30) came out in large rectangular slabs. Very generous portions and again like the agedashi tofu, very lightly fried. The price/volume balance made this a winner for those who like their bang-for-the-buck.
On the board was served our order of the deluxe assorted sushi ($14.90). Honestly, nothing to write home about in terms of quality or preparation. But I just have to make a note about the size of the gunkan maki. The masago and chopped hotate (lower left of image above) were ridiculously over-proportioned! Easily three times the size of what would be considered “normal”.
While dining here, the place was filled up fairly well with larger groups of tables. The open concept played a role in a bothersome level of noise. It reminds me of the unpleasant loudness experienced at Lime (to be further explained in a future post). Once several of the groups left, the decibel level fell dramatically, and so I’d say its not the ideal kind of place for a quiet night out for a table of two when its busy. Maybe unless you are seated outside.
Well there you have it, another very uneventful and not awe-inspiring Japanese cuisine outing in our fair city.
Overall satisfaction/experience: LOW-MODERATE
Likelihood of returning: LOW