Sushi Oyama, located in a beautifully furnished two story building at 5152 Kingsway Burnaby, appears beautiful and welcoming upon first sight. According to sis, this place used to be a funeral home back in the old days.. Which adds some mystery and lore to the place.
Beyond the wooden doors, the interior of the restaurant does not disappoint. The wooden decor and furnishing matched up perfectly to this restaurant’s elegant exterior.
The staff were friendly and seated us immediately. It helped that it wasn’t busy since it was Monday, just a bit after 12pm. I was craving for sashimi so I ordered a tuna & salmon sashimi (9pcs). M decided on an assorted sushi lunch combo, which is basically just the assorted sushi combo plus miso soup and salad. We also ordered a special roll, the smoked salmon cream cheese roll (8pcs).
The service here was fast and efficient. Within minutes of taking the order, the miso soup and salad arrived.
The soup was flavourful and had just the right amount of salt, unlike some places where their miso soups are just way too salty. The salad was fresh and really tasty. It was a great appetizer thanks to the sour sauce that was drizzled on the salad.
There were 5 pieces of tuna and 4 pieces of salmon. The salmon sashimi were smaller than the tuna sashimi. They tasted very fresh and satisfied my sashimi craving.
This one took the longest to arrive.. probably because there are so many different things to prepare. This combo comes with 1/2 roll Tuna, 1/2 roll Salmon, and 1 piece each of ebi, tuna, salmon, ika, amaebi, hokkigai, tako and chopped scallop nigiri sushi’s. It was apparent that the hokkigai wasn’t fresh (the colour was not bright red but instead a dull red-brown colour). Other than that, the sushi’s were delicious.
Last but not least, the special roll. This smoked salmon cream cheese roll has, as the name suggests, smoked salmon and cream cheese. There is also red pepper, mango and crab meat. They gave a generous serving of cream cheese. Everything went well together in this roll. I couldn’t really taste the mango since it wasn’t really sweet. Otherwise, it tasted really good. I want to try more of their special rolls next time!
I would rate this restaurant 9/10 for good service, nice ambiance, and yummy food. Will definitely be going back!